This could be one of the most confusing shows to watch, but lWestworld season 4 was confirmed weeks before the Westworld season 3 finale, indicating that HBO's sci-fi drama is still extremely popular. The futuristic thriller from showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy was reinvented last time, and it appears to have retained enough of an audience to continue.

"From the theme park of the west to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we really enjoyed every twist," Casey Bloys, HBO's president of programming, said in a statement. "We can't wait to see where his inspired vision takes us."

The previous season largely ignored the Android-filled playground for the rich, as we've spent most of our time in the human world, and its ending scenes suggest that isn't going to change for season 4.

Spoilers for the season 3 finale follow. so make sure you stay tuned before we dive into everything we know about Season 4's release date, cast, and story direction.

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An Instagram post shared by Jeffrey Wright (Bernard) suggests that filming for Westworld season 4 is already underway. We also know that Prodigal Son's Aurora Perrineau has joined the cast as the main character.

Westworld Season 4 Release Date: Don't Expect It Until 2022

There is no concrete release date yet, but it won't be anytime soon.. The gap between seasons is usually around two years, which isn't surprising for a visual effects-rich show like Westworld. While the wait may be shorter if season 4 has eight episodes like season 3 did - the first two had ten each - it's unlikely we'll see Bernard and the gang again until 2022.

However, we know that production is underway, thanks to an Instagram post shared by Jeffrey Wright (Bernard) who hinted that filming has begun. The actor accompanied the message with the caption "Hello ... old friend", a little enigmatic reference to Bernard's relationship with the character of Anthony Hopkins, Dr. Robert Ford.

Westworld Season 4 Cast and Story: Are We Heading Into the Distant Future?

We don't know what will come next but we do know that we will never see a certain maniacal trillionaire again. Serac (Vincent Cassel) is now dead, with his ridiculously advanced AI no longer controlling humanity.

What is less clear is the fate of Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood). Technically, she won't really be dead unless all the hosts perish, as she has proven to be the model machine that everyone else relied on. However, the femme fatale version of Abernathy determined to destroy the order of the human world seems to have disappeared: Serac has erased his memories in search of the keys to the Sublime, a secret servant from which some hosts have escaped.

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The point is that both humans and hosts return from the dead so regularly in Westworld that there's always a chance the characters will return as hosts. However, Wood hinted that Dolores as we know her might be over this time in an interview on The Tonight Show: "Obviously, I think it's been shown, you know, it's pretty hard to get rid of the characters, but I think some things are final.

"Dolores is gone," Nolan told Variety. “We love Evan Rachel Wood and haven't started talking publicly about exactly what the show will look like in the future. But it looks very different. Maybe we'll have to get used to a Westworld without her, then.

Back to the Sublime, and the final scene of Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) suggests that we could go even further in the future, perhaps to find "an answer to what comes after the end of the world." Once we discover that he has the keys to this android life, not Dolores, he dons a mysterious helmet. Then we see him covered in dust, as if he had physically spent many years in one place.

As humanity descends into anarchy, much remains to be resolved in the present. As Caleb (Aaron Paul) continues the revolution in Dolores's place, Maeve (Thandie Newton) searches for her daughter, and Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) builds her host army along with an Android version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris). , Could we live different timelines with Bernard in the future? Or a world far away where the hosts are the dominant force?

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Either way, Although no casting details have been confirmed beyond the addition of Prodigal Son's Aurora Perrineau, we predict that these key characters will return for Season 4.

Westworld needs to build on the simplest story from season 3

After the promising premise of the show was established in season 1, the second became too complex. With characters dying and coming back all over the place, the stakes were getting lower and lower and it was easy to lose track of who was alive, dead, or in pain.

Season 3 was a soft reboot as the action mostly unfolded in a more digestible single timeline. Westworld season 4 should continue this approach: We don't want to have to get out a pencil and paper just to remember what's going on.

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