Fourteen months after HBO’s Westworld was prematurely powered down, series star Evan Rachel Wood continues to wonder what would have happened in a hypothetical Season 5.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the three-time Emmy nominee laments the 2022 cancellation of the HBO drama, as well as series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s decision to keep her in the dark about what would’ve happened in a hypothetical Season 5.
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“[The cancellation] was devastating in a lot of ways because, first of all, they don’t tell us where the show is going. We were just always told, ‘We know how the show ends,’ when we started,” Wood explains to THR. “They weren’t writing it as we went along. They had an idea, and we were all just on a bed of nails waiting to see and hear what the conclusion of this was. What it all meant.”
Alas, Nolan and Joy remained tight-lipped. “I asked the creators after we got cancelled, ‘Can you please just tell me how you’re going to end?’ And they wouldn’t tell me,” Wood says. “I think because, I don’t know, maybe somehow, someway, in some iteration we’ll get to finish it, but I still don’t know. It does still keep me up at night.”
Westworld, which was loosely based on the 1973 film of the same name, ran for four seasons between 2016 and 2022. Wood starred as Dolores Abernathy, the oldest host still working in the titular park who eventually would discover that her entire life was a lie. Her performance earned her two consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, in 2017 and 2018.
Following its cancellation, Warner Bros. Discovery pulled Westworld from Max and licensed all four seasons to AVOD services Roku and Tubi, where the former premium cable drama now streams with commercial interruptions.
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