This article discusses the potential of Westworld Season 5 and its renewed or canceled status. It may contain minor spoilers.
HBO’s Westworld has been an interesting ride from its humble(ish) beginnings as a Wild West sci-fi theme park. Both quality and viewership have fluctuated rather drastically over the years, and while the show is currently in the midst of its fourth season, which many fans consider a return to form, it’s still fair to say that the once-flagship show isn’t quite the guaranteed earner it once was. It’s only right, then, for fans to be speculating about the show’s future, so here’s everything that we know (and think we know) about what might happen in Westworld.
Renewed or canceled status – Will there be a Westworld Season 5
Status: TBC (Sort of)
HBO haven’t officially confirmed that the show has been renewed, and along with declining ratings and viewership that might be seen as something of a death knell. However, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Ed Harris indicated roughly where the show would end — and it wasn’t in the fourth season:
“We have one more season, which will start filming next April and May. I have no idea where that’s going to end up.”
You can take this, more or less, as the official word of renewal. And if that time frame is to be believed (the interview was published in July 2022), then we can probably expect to see the fifth and apparently final season some time in 2024.
What is Westworld?
Produced and aired by HBO, it is based on the 1973 film of the same name (written and directed by Michael Crichton) and, to a lesser extent, the film’s 1976 sequel, Futureworld. The story begins in Westworld, a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts”. The park caters to high-paying guests who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans.
As of Season 4:
The first half of the fourth season picks up seven years after the end of season 3 in 2060 while the second half takes place 23 years later in 2083, and is described as a “dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on Earth.” The season includes an amusement park modeled after the Roaring Twenties.