The days of Westworld have concluded. Few hours ago HBO announced the cancellation of the drama from creators Lisa Joy, Jonah Nolan and executive producer JJ Abrams, after a four-season run. For this reason, the story is left without a fifth and planned final installment.
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Months ago, one of the creators told Deadline that a fifth and final season had always been considered, but the company has not granted it. Which is the reason? We tell you the details.
One of the main reasons for its cancellation is that Westworld It has been an “expensively absurd” production, according to what Abrams announced in 2016, before its debut. For example, the first season of this production cost close to 100 million dollars, a fairly high figure by that year’s standards. However, the investment paid off as the drama became one of the first high-profile shows to be off the air for almost two years between seasons, and its first installment recorded around 12 million viewers.
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However, the fourth season of Westworld dropped to 4 million viewers when it ended. Apparently this is not enough to justify the expense of the series. All this taking into account that HBO issued a new installment of Game of Thrones for 125 million dollars and, that the house of the dragon it garnered some 29 million viewers per episode across all platforms throughout its first season. Sources point out that the fourth installment of the futuristic western series, which once again had only eight episodes (compared to 10 for its first two), cost at least $160 million. That made it difficult to afford for such regular results. .
In addition to the above, the cancellation decision was added to the fact that Warner Bros. Discovery continues to make progress on spending cuts, CEO David Zaslav said.
To end, HBO gave a thank you and farewell message saying, “Over the past four seasons, Lisa and Jonathan have taken viewers on a mind-blowing odyssey, raising the bar at every step. We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers and crew, and to all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It has been exciting to join them on this journey.”
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