HBO recently dropped their teaser for “Westworld” season 4 and they didn’t disappoint. With the upcoming release of “Westworld” season 4, there are bound to be plenty of questions about what’s in store for the new season. Luckily, we have all the answers you’re looking for!
When will the “Westworld” Season 4 Premiere Date Be?
Let’s discuss the release date of the most anticipated HBO series this year. “Westworld” season 4 will premiere on Sunday, June 26th at 9pm EST on HBO and HBO Max in the US and Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK. So mark your calendars and be sure to tune in!
Before the series’ renewal, creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan mentioned to Variety they wanted to make at least one more season to complete the Westworld tale.
Check Out the “Westworld” Season 4 Trailer
Released by HBO on May 10th, the teaser for “Westworld” season 4 shows highlights of what’s to come this upcoming season with a soundtrack of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” in the background.
Here’s our selection of the most interesting and awkward scenes in the season 4 teaser.
(0:07) Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) walking across the desert.
(0:12) Caleb sips coffee atop a skyrise.
(0:37) Dolores looks back over her left shoulder…
(1:06) Bernard watches as a tree is engulfed in flames
(1:33) Insects spew from the face of a child host
What Happened at the End of Season 3 of “Westworld?”
The third season of “Westworld,” like the prior two, concluded on a major cliffhanger, leaving fans with more questions than answers.
However, the third season of “Westworld” differed from the previous seasons in several ways. By shifting the focus from Westworld to the real world, we saw a big shift in narrative direction. We saw Dolores and other hosts attempting to sneak into human society in order to achieve their various objectives, which we still don’t know much about.
In the “Westworld” season 3 finale, we see Caleb (Aaron Paul) lead a revolution and destroy the AI system named “Rehoboam” which leads to the death of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) kills Serac (Vincent Cassel) and his henchmen; gaining her absolute autonomy.
What Can We Expect from “Westworld” Season 4?
Now that the hosts are sentient, they must find a way to coexist with humans. This will be difficult, as the humans will be fearful of the hosts and their new abilities. Meanwhile, the artificial intelligence that humans created is now also sentient, and it may pose a threat to the human race.
What else can we expect? How will the new Dolores character develop? Is Charlotte building an army? How will Maeve explore her newfound freedom?
All of this will be explored in season four.
“Westworld” Interviews About the Fourth Season
After the “Westworld” season 3 finale, HBO’s mega-hit was discussed by Joy, Nolan, and co-writer Denise Thé in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. They revealed that the fourth season will have a different style than the previous ones.
Nolan had this to say about the upcoming fourth season: “We felt we had an open invitation to play around, especially in this moment where TV is reinventing itself constantly, to have a show that reinvents itself season after season…So the idea that next season will feel different and distinct in genre from the previous seasons? Yes, that’s absolutely part of the structure of the show.”
In another interview with THR, Nolan mentioned the following about his logic for how he themes upcoming seasons of “Westworld.”
He stated, “I think it’s a radical shift. What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller.”
In February, Jeffrey Wright, who plays host Bernard, told Deadline that the series would continue to explore “some technology that will appear familiar to us” and how it affects society. “Bernard is still trying to solve it all and he is still very much a part of the struggle,” he revealed. “The struggle goes on, and Bernard is right there at the center of it. It’s gonna be fun.”
Back in August 2021, in another interview with Deadline, Joy promised, “You’re going to see some new worlds that I think are really fun and you’re going to see someone who I kidnapped from Reminiscence in a funny way.”
“Westworld” Season 4 Roundtable Discussion
The creators and cast of the award-winning HBO drama series have a new online roundtable discussion courtesy of the Paley Center for Media (see above).
During the chat, Nolan revealed a hint about the next season. As you know if you’ve seen the third season, the finale’s post-credits scene revealed that Ed Harris’ William (the Man in Black), has been killed and replaced by a host controlled by Halores (the host version of Charlotte Hale played by Tessa Thompson).
“I’m a big believer in being guided by irony,” Nolan said. “[The Man in Black] winds up becoming this thing that he’s controlled for so long. And on a visceral level, I just can’t wait to watch Ed kill everyone.”
How Many Episodes Will Be in “Westworld” Season 4?
Just like season 3, the upcoming season 4 of “Westworld” will also have eight episodes. Unlike the most recent seasons, “Westworld” season 2 and the first both had 10 episodes.
Will Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) be back for season 4 of Westworld?
Denise Thé told The Hollywood Reporter the following in reference to the passing of the original Dolores Abernathy.
“We saw Dolores perish. We saw all of her memories painfully erased…I do think it’s the right time to say goodbye to this Dolores.”
Pay close attention to the keyword she used here: “this.”
Westworld is known for resurrecting deceased characters in new guises, so there’s a good chance we’ll see some form of Dolores again—perhaps not the gun-wielding pioneer we first encountered in season 1.
Nolan continued, “That character is gone. We love Evan Rachel Wood [Dolores]. But we’re a long way out and we haven’t started talking publicly about what that fourth season looks like.”
In an interview with Esquire, Jeffrey Wright had this tidbit of information to share about Dolores.
“[Nolan] said that [Dolores] was going to die. He was very blunt about it, and slightly cryptic about other questions I had, but confirmed that yes, the Dolores that we know is gone.”
Who Are the Main Cast and Characters of “Westworld” Season 4?
There are several major returning characters in season four, including the hosts and the humans.
Despite her character’s death, HBO confirmed that Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) will return as a cast member in their latest press release.
The cast of hosts includes:
- Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood)
- Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton)
- Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright)
- Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan)
The cast of humans includes:
- The Man in Black aka William (Ed Harris)
- Tessa Thompson (Charlotte Hale)
- Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth)
- Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul)
These characters will be central to the story in season four. The real question that we’re all thinking about is how will Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) change next season.
New to “Westworld” season 4 is the Oscar winner Ariana DeBose of “West Side Story” who joins the cast in a recurring role as a guest star this upcoming season.
Are Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan Involved with “Westworld” Season 4?
According to Variety, in April 2019, Joy and Nolan parted ways with Warner Bros. Television, which is owned by HBO, to join Amazon for a five-year contract. But don’t shed too many tears over their decision. They’re determined to see “Westworld” through to the end.
Casey Bloys of HBO told The Wrap, “They are 100 percent hands-on. We have deals with them for a potential fourth and fifth season. So the deal with them is for, I believe, everything but ‘Westworld.’ And they’re very committed to ‘Westworld.’ So I’m not worried about losing their focus. They don’t lose focus.”
Has “Westworld” Season 4 finished filming?
Production officially began in the summer of 2021, with Thandie Newton (Maeve) finishing her first week of shooting in June.
In an interview with Deadline, actor Jeffrey Wright confirmed that filming of “Westworld” season 4 was completed back in December 2021.
Will We Get a “Westworld” Season 5?
Even though nothing has been officially announced, Nolan has hinted toward more being planned. When Variety asked him whether he had plans for a fifth season he stated the following.
“Well, I just want to clarify, you know, Lisa and I have never actually talked about a number of seasons. James Marsden mentioned five [seasons] in the first season when we were on hiatus, and more recently there’s been reporting about deals and other stuff like that. But we’ve never actually talked out loud about how many seasons we imagine this thing going, because I think you’d be foolish to. Things change, circumstances change. 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.”
Only time will tell if and when we get an official “Westworld” season 5 release date.
HBO describes the smash-hit sci-fi drama series “Westworld” as “a dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on earth.”
The real question most fans ask is whose fate will be most in peril, the humans or the hosts?
When the fourth season of “Westworld” was announced back in April 2020, the president of HBO Programming, Casey Bloys, had this to say.
“From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” noted Bloys. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”
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Whether you’re a “Westworld” fan or not, there’s no denying that the new season is shaping up to be an exciting one. Be sure to catch all the action on the release date of Westworld season 4. The new episodes air on June 26th!
June can’t come soon enough.
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