HBO has pulled the plug on its ‘Westworld,’ Emmy Award Winner Science fiction drama after the launch of its fourth season.
The TV series revolves around an artificial amusement park where wealthy people come to experience a risk-free adventure in the artificial Wild West.
The cancellation of the series came less than three months after the end of its fourth season in August. The staff included Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel WoodEd Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Aaron Paul, and Thandwe Newton.
Newton received the 2018 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the series has received more than 50 nominations and won nine Academy Television Awards.
In a statement Friday, HBO thanked series creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for taking viewers on a “mind-blowing journey, raising the bar in every step,” and saluted the “extremely talented” cast and crew.
In October, Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter that he hoped HBO would order a fifth season to end the series, which debuted in 2016 as a ratings success for the cable channel. Viewership dropped in season three and again in season four.
Like the 1973 movie that inspired it, also titled “Westworld,” the series was initially set in a Western-style theme park that allowed guests to realize their fantasies with the help of androids. The show later expanded to artificial intelligence versus human global conflict.
“I was honored to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – human and beyond – in the brief period of time before AI emperors stopped us from doing so,” Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films said in a statement.
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