Michael Crichton had an affinity for contemporary theme parks which go off the rails and shine a light on the darker side of humanity. While the writer is mainly famous for writing the novel Jurassic Park, he also wrote and directed movies as well, most notably with 1973’s Westworld. It is a noteworthy addition to the genre of science fiction, the very least of which is that it’s the first movie ever to use 2D digital computer animation (through film site).
Fast-forward over 40 decades afterward, and the HBO collection of the same name would make the CGI in the original film look like child’s play. Westworld took the premise of the film, namely a set of androids in an amusement park go haywire and start demonstrating their own free will, and cranked it up to 11 with a cavalcade of insane moments within the last 3 seasons. This idea of wish fulfillment and predestination comes up often as figures ruminate about what it truly means to be human (a frequent thread in most science fiction possessions from Blade Runner to Ex Machina).
If you just can’t get enough of the intersection of sci-fi with doctrine, then there is good news on the horizon. Westworld is going to be back for the fourth season, and here’s everything we know about it up to now.
What’s The Release Date For Westworld Season 4?
Westworld has been the main appeal of HBO’s original programming for several years now, and following the conclusion of Game of Thrones, it has filled the emptiness to get a fantastical, high-concept thrill ride. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the show had been renewed for a fourth season before season 3 had even ended (through The Hollywood Reporter). Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, published an announcement to coincide with the renewal, stating, “From the Western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we have thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.”
Currently, there’s only the question of when exactly it will emerge. No release date has been set yet, and it is important to remember that there was a two-year break between seasons 3 and 2, that came out in 2018 and 2020, respectively. For this VFX-heavy series, it seems sensible that it needs enough time to get everything to look great, so if we were to make a guess, we would think season 4 might come out in 2022. No doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has set things back even further, so keep checking back with Looper as upgrades become available.
Who’s In The Cast For Westworld Season 4?
As fans of Westworld know all too well, a personality dying does not necessarily signify that celebrity is out of work. Considering a fantastic section of the characters are androids, it’s always possible for a person to die and then have their character uploaded into another unit.
No new developments to the main cast have been declared yet, but viewers should expect some recognizable faces to return, including Thandie Newton as Maeve, Aaron Paul as Caleb, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Luke Hemsworth as Ashley, and Ed Harris as The Man in Black. The biggest question mark of all remains the destiny of Evan Rachel Wood’s character, Dolores, who had her mind completely erased during the season 3 finale.
In an interview with Variety, co-creator Jonathan Nolan confirms that “Dolores is gone” However, that doesn’t imply Evan Rachel Wood is done with the show as he goes on to explain, “I think it’s important with a series in which death could be impermanent these are robots, after all, to mark the event with Dolores. That version of the character is gone.” It sounds like Wood could very well return but as another iteration of this one, we have seen an increase these last few seasons.
What’s The Plot Of Westworld Season 4?
Details have been kept sparse about any future plans for Westworld. In that Variety interview, Nolan’s asked if they are going into real-life or back into the park to the upcoming season, and he responds, “We adore you, and we say this with the best respect, but there’s no earthly way we’re going to answer that question!”
That does not mean he will not say anything. In a previous interview for The Hollywood Reporter following the finish of season 2, Nolan discussed, “The hosts have another version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she is laid out, there is a longer opinion here, a bigger set of goals. They are existential. They span eons. And that’s a fascinating level of narrative to engage in.” It is potential for season 4 to select up decades or centuries later when the planet looks vastly different. It’s a huge world out there, and Westworld has just started to scratch the surface.