HBO has announced that sci-fi western Westworld has been renewed for the third season.
“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,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”
Though it’s not at the heights of Game of Thrones, Westworld has been doing good business for HBO in social buzz, award recognition, and all ratings measures. The series returned for its second season to fairly even numbers vs. its series premiere (3 million viewers vs. 3.3 million across platforms), with season one averaging over 13 million viewers once DVR, On Demand, and app viewing was taken into account.
Westworld is part of a drama slate for HBO that includes Thrones, Big Little Lies, and The Deuce, with Here and Now recently cancelled, a third season of anthology True Detective in the works, and this summer set to feature the premieres of Sharp Objects and Succession. The series stars the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Shannon Woodward.
It’s as yet unclear when the third season of Westworld will air. The series is coming off a hiatus between seasons one and two that lasted more than a year.
Westworld airs Sundays at 9:00 on HBO.