‘Westworld’ canceled by HBO after 4 seasons

“Westworld” has shuttered its gates. HBO introduced Friday that the favored sci-fi drama won’t return for a fifth season.

In a press release shared with The Instances, HBO mirrored on the “mind-bending odyssey” supplied by creators Lisa Pleasure and Jonathan Nolan, who raised “the bar at every step.”

“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,” the assertion continued. “It’s been a thrill to join them on this journey.”

In a press release by their manufacturing firm, Kilter Movies, Pleasure and Nolan shared that “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,” the Kilter Movies assertion stated. “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.”

The cancellation comes greater than two months after the present’s Season 4 finale in August, and far sooner than Nolan stated he would have preferred.

Whereas awaiting phrase on the present’s standing in October, Nolan stated at New York Comedian Con that he and Pleasure had “always planned for a fifth and final season,” in accordance with Deadline.

“We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them,” Nolan stated on the time.

“Westworld,” a free collection adaptation of the 1973 movie of the identical identify written and directed by Michael Crichton, premiered in 2016. On the heart of the collection was the titular amusement park the place the wealthy might dwell out their Wild West fantasies — as brutal as they is perhaps — with the assistance of synthetic intelligence know-how.

Evan Rachel Wooden, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Aaron Paul and James Marsden had been among the many present’s stars.

Instances critic Mary McNamara praised “Westworld” in her 2016 assessment as “television’s next big game-changer.”

“It isn’t just great television, it’s vivid, thought-provoking television that entertains even as it examines the darker side of entertainment,” she wrote.

Past its crucial acclaim, “Westworld” proved to be an awards-season power for HBO. Throughout its run, the collection garnered greater than 50 Emmy nominations and a complete of seven wins, together with a supporting actress in a drama collection prize for Newton, who starred as Maeve Millay. The collection additionally received Emmys for make-up, hairstyling and particular visible results.

Whereas “Westworld” involved itself with futuristic know-how and the concept of AI robots going rogue, star Jeffrey Wright stated he thinks the collection examined humanity on “several levels.”

“What are these elements that make us human? What are our drives? What’s your emotional core? All of these things that the hosts are programmed to re-create are metaphors for how we live our daily existences,” he advised The Instances in 2018.

“And so it’s a clever way to draw an audience in, but it’s also a useful metaphor for examining those things that we ask of ourselves: Am I in control of this loop? Is this a satisfying loop? Do I want to break this loop?”