HBO cancels Westworld despite season 5 plans; fans have mixed feelings

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Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden in Westworld (Image credit: TNT/WarnerMedia)

HBO has announced that Westworld has been cancelled after four seasons. Citing production costs and a decline in viewership, the decision was made to bring the show to an end only months after Westworld season 4 ended. The news comes as a shock to showrunners and many fans who hoped that the show would have one more season to bring the story to a proper end. 

Husband-and-wife producing partners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created the series based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 novel, which spawned two movies before heading to the small screen. With J.J. Abrams onboard as a producer and a stellar cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson and Luke Hemsworth, you’d think a show like Westworld could avoid cancellation, but Warner Media Discovery has made a slew of surprise decisions since its merger, including the high profile cancellation of the Batgirl movie and a last minute nixing of TBS' Chad.

Nolan hinted at season 5 plans (opens in new tab) while attending New York Comic Con in October to promote his new drama The Peripheral. "We always planned for a fifth and final season. We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them," he said. 

While breaking down the end of the season with Deadline (opens in new tab), Joy said that there are still things that needed to be wrapped up. "[Nolan] and I have always had an ending in mind that we hope to reach," she said. "We have not quite reached it yet."

Even more puzzling is an interview that Ed Harris given to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) in July, where he openly confirmed that filming on season 5 was already scheduled for April or May 2023. "We have one more season, which will start filming next April and May," he said. "I have no idea where that’s going to end up."

Clearly, there were plans in place for Westworld to end in season 5 and at least one cast member had filming on his schedule. So it's no wonder the news was quite a shock to the creatives behind the series.

Fans across social media had lots to say about the decision. Their responses were mixed, as many fans believed that season 4 was the perfect way to end the show while others hoped for a chance of getting the final season to wrap everything up the way the showrunners planned. Here’s what they were saying:

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You can watch all four season of Westworld right now on HBO Max.

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer

 

Sarabeth joined the Watch to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long.  


When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts a podcast dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She’s also very close to realizing her lifelong dream of publishing a novel.