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HBO tells ‘Westworld’ to bring itself back online for season 3

Just a few episodes into the hit series’ second season, HBO has renewed Westworld for a third season.

Given the sci-fi drama’s tremendous popularity and long list of Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations and wins, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the cable network gave the green light to season 3 of Westworld, which premiered in October 2016. It took a year and a half for the second season to arrive, with the season 2 premiere airing in April.

“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’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, in a statement accompanying the season 3 announcement. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

The announcement was made after only two episodes of the second season had aired, with another eight episodes left in the series’ sophomore story arc. The second season of Westworld unfolds in the aftermath of the android hosts’ awakening within the Western theme park and their subsequent revolt at the end of the first season.

Season 2 continues to explore the relationship between the park’s now-sentient hosts and the humans that previously controlled them, as well as the dynamic between the park and several other parks in various stages of development at the time of the revolt.

Westworld was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who also serve as executive producers on the series. The show is based on the 1973 film of the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton.

The first season of the series introduced audiences to Westworld, an expensive theme park set in the Wild West era that is populated by android “hosts” programmed to indulge guests’ every whim. Over the course of the first season, a programming glitch is discovered that appears to cause hosts to malfunction, but the secret behind that glitch — and the park’s true purpose — eventually proves to be much more diabolical.

The debut of Westworld received the largest audience for a series premiere on HBO since the first episode of True Detective. To date, Westworld season 1 is the most-watched first season of any HBO series.

There’s no official timeline for production on season 3 of Westworld at this point.

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