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‘Westworld’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

Second season of the sci-fi series debuted on April 22

HBO has renewed “Westworld” for a third season, the network announced on Tuesday.

“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew,” said HBO programming boss Casey Bloys. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

The series, which kicked off its second season just last month, stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and James Marsden. It envisions a future where artificial consciousness has birthed a new form of life on Earth.

It is unclear when a third season of the show would air, though the show was off the air for nearly a year and a half between its first two seasons.

The season 2 premiere episode, titled “Journey Into the Night” debuted on April 22 to an unremarkable¬†2.1 million linear viewers, down slightly from the first season finale. However, the show has historically performed well in delayed viewing, with season 1 averaging 13.2 million viewers. The show also scored 22 nominations at last year’s Emmy Awards, including five wins in below-the-line technical categories.

Hailing from Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Westworld” is created and executive produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson also serve as executive producers.