Cease All Motor Functions: HBO Has Cancelled 'Westworld' After Four Seasons of Futuristic Thrills

The Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson and Ed Harris-starring series has been axed less than three months since its fourth season finished airing.
Sarah Ward
Published on November 05, 2022

In Westworld's vision of the future, technologically advanced amusement parks let people pay to experience Wild West times, and to interact with androids that are indistinguishable from humans. That's how the hit HBO series started in 2016, before stepping outside of the titular attractions, into both sibling venues and the show's mid-21st-century version of the real world. But in our very existence and its actual future going forward, Westworld and its thrills will now no longer exist.

HBO has announced that it has cancelled the series after four seasons, the last of which debuted in mid-2022 and wrapped up in August. Westworld will cease all motor functions, putting an end to a show that kept questing the nature of reality and humanity right up until the end, and proved unnerving from the get-go.

That eeriness is all there in the basic premise, which actually first unfurled on-screen back in 1973 thanks to the Michael Crichton-directed movie of the same name. Here, in the eponymous android amusement park, humans pay to live out their fantasies while surrounded by supremely realistic-looking androids. What could go wrong? Everything, obviously — and yes, high-concept theme parks gone wrong was one of Crichton's fascinations, clearly.

Across its second season in 2018, third batch of episodes in 2020 and fourth run in 2022, the TV version of Westworld has built upon this idea, twisting in wild, strange, violent and surreal directions. Once some of the robot theme park's electronic hosts started to break their programming, make their own decisions and question their creators, the show's chaos just kept expanding.

Westworld has also boasted one of the best casts on TV during its four-season existence, including Evan Rachel Wood (Kajillionaire), Thandiwe Newton (All the Old Knives), Ed Harris (Top Gun: Maverick), Jeffrey Wright (The Batman), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Love and Thunder), Luke Hemsworth (Bosch & Rockit), James Marsden (Sonic the Hedgehog 2), Aaron Paul (Better Call Saul), Anthony Hopkins (Armageddon Time), Angela Sarafyan (Reminiscence) and 2022 West Side Story Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose.

The show's creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are still pondering the future in new Prime Video series The Peripheral, if you need something to watch to fill that just-opened Westworld-shaped gap in your viewing.

Check out the original trailer for Westworld's first season below:

Westworld's four-season run is available to stream via Binge in Australia and Neon in New Zealand.

Via Variety. Images: HBO.

Published on November 05, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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