I think the same story can be said of most us: we heard the hype surrounding Westworld, checked it out and got completely sucked in.
Given the huge success of the show, it should come both as happy news and no surprise that HBO have renewed Westworld for a second season. We will be getting another 10 episodes of the fantastic show in either 2017 or 2018, according to HBO programming editor Casey Bloys.
He spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the show, which is apparently getting an average audience of 11.7 million viewers: “Westworld is such a big, ambitious show. I don’t know if it will be fall of 2017 or into ’18.”
“That will depend as we get up and running. With Westworld, because the production is such a big endeavor, I don’t exactly know when [it will premiere] yet. I can’t speculate other than to say it’ll either be ’17 or ’18. Probably more like ’18 and half-hours [Insecure and Divorce] in ’17 but we’re a year away so let’s see how it goes.”
The vague release window of 2017/18 is probably down to a combination of things, the first being a perhaps unexpected level of success for the show and the second being that they probably don’t want the show to clash with the highly anticipated return of Game of Thrones.
Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said in a statement also chimed in on the show’s return: “During the lengthy journey to the screen, our incredibly talented actors, staff and crew became a family, and we look forward to the privilege of continuing this experience with them.”
“We’re also thankful to all of our amazing partners at HBO, WBTV and Bad Robot for their steadfast support, imagination and ambition. We simply couldn’t have made this show anywhere else.”
Sadly, he could not offer any speculation on what cast members will be returning, given that the show still has a few episodes left to air.
“I don’t want to speculate about cast because there’s still three episodes left to air,” he said.