Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 3:00 pm
It looks like Westworld won’t be closing its business anytime soon. That’s because HBO has renewed the sci-fi western series for a second season. This follows HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys saying that the series has a “really good chance” of getting renewed.
Check out more on the news below.
According to THR, the premium cable network has renewed Westworld for 10 more episodes that would air either in the fall of 2017 or some time (perhaps early) 2018. Bloys tells the trade:
“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.”
If that is the case, let’s hope that the series can answer some of the bigger questions that many of us are asking. Of course, trying to keep it vague for those who haven’t seen the latest episode or haven’t seen the series at all, I won’t elaborate on what those questions are – just know that I won’t care at all if they say where the show takes place, by now that shouldn’t even matter.
As for the show itself, some of their questions could be answered through the contracts that they’ve signed. THR says Ed Harris (who plays the Man in Black) is currently signed on for only two seasons. While Bloys wouldn’t talk about the rest of the cast’s contracts, the two-year deal tells us that Harris’ journey ends with him either finding the center of the maze (if he doesn’t find it by the end of this season of course) or him finding discovering an even bigger mystery that he’ll be unable to solve. The series could take many directions, but the later premiere date tells us that showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will take audiences deeper into Westworld and shed some light on the dark corners of offices that Delos has probably forgotten about.
Ratings say that nearly two million subscribers tuned in for the premiere, with an addition 1.3 million from HBO Go and HBO Now streams. According to THR, a total of six million viewers watched the pilot episode. Ultimately, Westworld is averaging 11.7 million total viewers. Just the kind of numbers HBO needs to convince itself that the show deserves a second season.