While casting news continues to roll in for the third season of ‘Westworld’— Lena Waithe was just announced as joining– HBO has now confirmed that the new episodes won’t arrive this year. Like it or not, this is nothing new, as 16 months passed between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2.
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Unfortunately, it looks as though viewers will be facing a gap of at least 18 months between seasons this time. Ironically, it was previously announced that Season 3 would only consist of eight episodes, versus the ten each presented in Season 1 and 2. It took eight months to film Season 2. Reportedly, production on Season 3 has begun, so at least there’s that.
According to creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Season 3 would see a “radical shift” in direction. This may be due to the fact that viewers were less enchanted with Season 2 than they were of Season 1, with many accusing the show of becoming too abstract and convoluted. It also introduced more scenes set in the real world, time jumps, alternate versions of the same characters, and additional theme parks.
The series stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Clifton Collins Jr., Tessa Thompson, Louis Herthum, Talulah Riley, and Katja Herbers, but some of their characters are dead… at least for now. Or are they?
In September, it was announced that ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Path’s Aaron Paul had been cast in a new series regular role, but so far nothing else is known about his part on ‘Westworld’. Ditto for Waithe, who at this point hasn’t even been announced as a guest-star, recurring or regular cast member.
On the bright side, this gives fans plenty of time to rewatch Season 2 and dissect each detail before Season 3 arrives in 2020.
Are you a fan? Are you upset that the show has been delayed again?