How much the cast of Westworld is still getting paid for season 5 despite the show being canceled by HBO

HBO fans Westworld received a shock late last week when the award-winning dystopian sci-fi drama was canceled before its fifth season. Despite that winding plots and a thrilling commentary on humanity versus artificial intelligence, Westworld was apparently the victim of an aggressive cost-cutting mandate issued by the network. The show’s big budget, combined with declining ratings over the past two seasons, proved to be its downfall, but it turns out the A+ cast members are still going to get paid.

Deadline reports that WestworldThe cast of have had “pay or play offers” for season 5, guaranteeing the cast – which includes Aaron Paul, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson and Jeffrey Wright – will always paid, despite the cancellation. The site reports that contracts may have been renegotiated ahead of Season 4, and networks offering such guarantees to their cast aren’t unusual, especially for ensemble casts that might otherwise be difficult to pull together.

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