HBO cancels sci-fi drama ‘Westworld’ after four seasons

It’s time to say goodbye to the androids of Westworld. HBO canceled the sci-fi title after four seasons, even though showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy hoped for a fifth to reach the ending they had in mind. Nolan and Joy were trying to negotiate for a final season as recently as October, but their talks clearly didn’t work out. In a statement, HBO said:

“Over the past four seasons, Lisa and [Jonathan] took viewers on a breathtaking odyssey, raising the bar with every step. We are extremely grateful to them, their extremely talented cast, producers and crew, and to all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It was a pleasure to join them on this journey.”

Westworld was one of HBO’s flagship projects, garnering 54 Emmy nominations and even a win for Thandiwe Newton as Outstanding Supporting Actress. However, its ratings and viewership plummeted over the years and it never quite recovered. For the fans, the fact that the series was not renewed immediately after the end of the last season was already a bad sign.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, an estimated 12 million viewers tuned in to watch the critically acclaimed show’s first season across all platforms. And, while we thought that Westworld returned to form in its third season, its numbers continued to drop until only 4 million viewers remained to watch the final episodes. That’s probably not enough for HBO to justify a renewal. Apparently the fourth season cost the network $160 million for eight episodes, more than it spent. house of dragons. The game of thrones prequel had ten episodes and averaged 29 million viewers for each.

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