We’re only two episodes into the sophomore season of Westworld. But apparently the numbers the show has drummed up following its premiere have been good enough for HBO. The network confirmed yesterday that Season 3 is officially on.
The series is essentially the network’s second largest drama following Game of Thrones. And with Game of Thrones’ conclusion coming in 2019, HBO needs to ensure that its second most popular serialized show is ready to pick up the mantle. That is, of course, until the inevitable Game of Thrones spin-off begins airing – whenever that may be.
HBO’s programming president, Casey Bloys, released a statement on Tuesday confirming the exciting news:
“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew. From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”
That “exceptionally talented” cast and crew consists primarily of series mainstays Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden and Ed Harris. The series certainly isn’t limited to the above actors though. The show is one of the largest and most talented ensembles in all of television.
Most of the above actors’ characters are on paths considerably different to what we’ve seen from them in Season 1. With a show as complicated as Westworld is, it’s so far seeming to move at a surprising pace in Season 2 first two episodes.
Ratings for the Season 2 premiere of Westworld are down about 9% compared to the show’s pilot which aired in 2016. Season 1 Episode 1 earned 3.3 million viewers while Season 2 Episode 1 brought back 3 million viewers. The drop is nothing alarming, and likely to pick up as the second season steamrolls ahead.
Viewers should certainly enjoy Westworld’s second season while they can. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have confirmed that Season 3 isn’t likely to debut on HBO until 2020 following a roughly 18 month production schedule.