Westworld co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have nixed the idea that the show has been structured for a definitive six seasons.
Nolan stressed how he and Joy have never discussed or specified a set number of seasons to tell their story. In fact, he believes to try and adhere to a stringent road map would be a “foolish” thing to do, noting how “we’ve never actually talked out loud about how many seasons we imagine this thing going.”
“Things change, circumstances change,” Nolan explained to Variety. “I think when we sat down to do the show, we didn’t quite realize how difficult it would be to make this show — [laughing] how many years it would take per season. So we’ve never actually talked about how many seasons that plan was, and indeed I think when we had the plan it didn’t actually map out to a specific number of seasons, exactly. It was a beginning, a middle and an end.”
Joy juxtaposed it to planning to write a novel with a set number of pages in mind to tell its story. Nolan agreed with her analogy, adding how “When you have a show going like this, you want to stay as long as you’re telling a compelling story. We’re heading towards that end, but we haven’t completely mapped it out.”
Westworld stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman and Rodrigo Santoro, joined by series newcomers Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Ealy and Tommy Flanagan.
Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have nixed the idea that they have a fixed six-season roadmap for the HBO show.