When Does ‘Westworld’ Return for Season 3? It’s Going to Be a Long Hiatus

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Westworld fans are dying to see what’s next after that totally bonkers Season 2 finale. But we had to wait quite a while for the second season, so when, exactly, should we expect Season 3 to come out?

No official return date has been confirmed, but you definitely shouldn’t get your hopes up for it to be back anytime soon. After all, Ed Harris recently sat down with The Huffington Post and revealed, “We’re not supposed to start shooting Season 3 until next June.”

That’s certainly not a good sign. After all, shooting for Season 2 began in the summer of 2017, and it didn’t return until April 2018, meaning it took nearly a full year between the start of production and the first episode airing on TV.

So if Season 3 isn’t supposed to begin shooting until June 2019, that means we likely shouldn’t expect Westworld to return any sooner than April 2020, which is an even longer delay than there was between Season 1 and Season 2. If June 2019 truly is the production start date, then a realistic return date would be April or May of 2020.

Back in April, Entertainment Weekly sat down with co-creator Jonathan Nolan and asked if he expected Season 3 not to air until 2020. Nolan basically seemed to suggest that yes, this is possible, saying:

It’s an ongoing conversation with our friends at HBO, and for us, with a show of this scope and scale, we’re not interested in doing the compromised version. We want the show to get bigger and bigger and more ambitious and this takes time. We want to take all the time we need to get it right.

More recently, when The Hollywood Reporter spoke with co-creator Lisa Joy, she said it was too early to say when they will come back. But it sounds like they’re in the very early stages of developing the third season, having only started to break the story. That obviously means they aren’t gearing up to start shooting in time to get the show out during the first few months of 2019.

One other factor to consider here is Game of Thrones. If Westworld were to come back a year from when Season 2 premiered, that would place its premiere in April 2019. However, even if that were possible, there’s no way HBO would go for that considering this would likely result in Westworld airing at the same time as Game of Thrones‘ final season.

What seems more likely is that HBO will give Game of Thrones time to breathe during the first half of 2019. Then, in the absolute best case scenario, Westworld would return at the very end of 2019. However, that likely isn’t possible if Ed Harris is right about Season 3 production not beginning until summer of 2019, and so really, the best case scenario is the very beginning of 2020.

Bernard on Westworld

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HBO would also likely want to space Westworld and Game of Thrones apart so that each is able to compete for Best Drama at two separate Emmys ceremonies. If Game of Thrones premieres sometime before May 31st, 2019, it will be eligible at that year’s Emmys. HBO, therefore, likely wouldn’t air Westworld until sometime after May 2019; otherwise, Westworld and Game of Thrones would be competing against one another.

So what can we expect from the third season of Westworld? Well, co-creator Lisa Joy confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that it won’t jump into the far future, as some fans had speculated based on the post-credits scene. And don’t worry; although Maeve seemingly died in the finale, Thandie Newton has been confirmed for Season 3.

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