Violent delights may have violent ends, but Westworld’s enticements are in no danger of freezing all motor functions anytime soon. Which is happy news for us, pilgrim. Indeed, HBO made the unsurprising announcement all the way back in May 2018 that Westworld season 3 had been greenlit, even as the second season had yet to air its third episode.
Unfortunately, the nature of Westworld‘s vision means that each season of the series is created painstakingly, which is great, but it does mean that a lot of time passes between runs.
The Wrap has also revealed that there will only be eight episodes in season 3. The first two seasons ran for ten episodes. The length of the touted eight episodes has not yet been confirmed, so that could feasibly mean some longer episodes when the third season arrives.
Here’s what we know so far…
Westworld season 3 – the Geek lowdown
How many seasons are there? Two. Here’s our spoiler-free review of the second season
Renewed or cancelled? It was renewed for a third season back in 2018
Release date confirmed? No. All we know right now is that season 3 will debut in the first half of 2020
Where to watch? Sky Atlantic
Created by: Jonathan ‘brother of Christopher’ Nolan and Lisa Joy
Westworld season 3 trailer – everything changes but you
A new trailer has arrived courtesy of SDCC – take a gander below!
Westworld season 3 cast – Breaking Bad Robot
Deadline reports that Black Swan and Eastern Promises star Vincent Cassel will be a brand new villain in season 3, featuring as a series regular.
“We’re incredibly excited to work with Vincent Cassel,” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said. “We’ve been longtime fans of his and are thrilled for him to join the Westworld team.”
Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul has also climbed aboard season 3 in a central role, becoming what looks like the lens through which all things will filter.
Westworld season 3 release date – 2020 bound
While it is unclear when exactly Westworld season 3 will jump back into the saddle, we do now know that it’ll be early 2020 when the series returns to HBO and Sky Atlantic.
Westworld season 3 plot – a whole new World
Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have been talking about season 3’s direction in a new interview with EW:
“This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” said Nolan. “I love shows that find a groove and hang with it for 100 episodes — that was never this show. “We always wanted every season to find our characters in radically different circumstances. And with a cast this talented, watching the metamorphosis of all these characters is one of the most fun parts.”
Aaron Paul’s new role in the series is to be a fresh looking glass for the escaped Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood):
“Aaron’s character will challenge Dolores’ notions about the nature of humanity,” Nolan confirmed. “He’s the type of person who doesn’t get to go to Westworld.”
Joy added that the start of season 3 won’t feature a time jump from the end of season 2 “We’re looking at the aftermath of the massacre in the park. After all they went through to get out of the park, Dolores finally got what she wanted, so we wanted to see how she interacts with the world and what her plan is. That’s a part of the story we were excited to tell.”
If you’re wondering whether Westworld is going to go full Lost on us, Joy sought to nix that notion in a previous interview with Stuff:
“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come… but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”