HBO Officially Cancels ‘Westworld’ After Four Seasons

These violent delights have violent ends.

Evan Rachel Wood Westworld Dolores HBO

HBO’s Westworld has been cancelled after four seasons.

In a shocking move, HBO has announced that it is not moving forward with a fifth season of its sci-fi drama Westworld. Created by husband-and-wife duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld was based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name and nominated for 54 Emmy awards during its four-season run, winning nine.

HBO and the Westworld showrunners comment on the decision

“Over the past four seasons, Lisa and Jonah have taken viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step,” said HBO in a statement. “We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It’s been a thrill to join them on this journey.”

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films added: “Making Westworld has been one of the highlights of our careers. We are deeply grateful to our extraordinary cast and crew for creating these indelible characters and brilliant worlds. We’ve been privileged to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – both human and beyond – in the brief window of time before our AI overlords forbid us from doing so.”

Westworld premiered in October 2016 and was at one point expected to be become “the next” Game of Thrones as that series was nearing its end at HBO. Despite an enormously successful first season, Westworld‘s ratings declined as the series continued its run.

The producers behind Westworld had a five-season plan for the series that won’t be realized unless it is eventually revived at HBO. Something along these lines happened to Deadwood, a show that was axed after three seasons but eventually returned with a movie to wrap up its storyline.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.