Westworld Fans Petition To Save Final Season Of HBO Show

Fans of HBO’s Westworld are petitioning to save the series’ final season. A sci-fi western TV series, Westworld is based off of the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. The series debuted in October 2016, and was praised for its effects, acting, and above all, storytelling. Westworld was renewed for a further three seasons, with each season garnering several major award nominations. In 2018, Westworld took home its only Emmy Award not in a creative category, when Thandiwe Newton won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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At New York Comic-Con last month, Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan announced that season 5 would be the series’ last. Nolan said that the plan had always been to make Westworld a five-season series, but as of October, HBO had not confirmed that season 5 would happen. However, with season 4 ending on a cliffhanger, the creators seemed fairly confident in the show’s renewal, especially as they were in talks to come back. It was recently announced that HBO had officially canceled Westworld, leaving season 5 dead in the water. It was also revealed that the main cast of the series (Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, and Aaron Paul) would still be getting paid for season 5 despite the show’s cancellation, in accordance with a clause in their contracts. . The salaries still owed to the main cast are believed to be between $10 to $15 million.

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In response to season 5 being cancelled, fans have started a petition to renew Westworld for one final season. While the petition was started well ahead of season 5’s cancellation, approximately 3 months ago, there has been a surge in signatures on the Change.org petition since HBO’s announcement. Currently, the petition has 1,930 signatures, with its next benchmark being 2,500.


Could Fans Save Westworld Season 5?

While the petition does not have many signatures yet, there is major precedent when it comes to fans saving their favorite programs. Another beloved sci-fi western series was Joss Whedon’s Firefly, which was canceled in 2002 after only 11 episodes. Due to fan outcry, however, Whedon and Universal Pictures went on to produce the 2005 film Serenity to carry on Firefly‘s story. More recently, when Brooklyn Nine-Nine was canceled by Fox in 2018, a fan campaign on Twitter led to the series being picked up by NBC less than 24 hours later, while a similar situation happened with Lucifer when the same network axed the comic book series, only for Netflix to save it just a month later.

Although major series like Westworld are loved by their cast and crew, there are none more dedicated than fanbases. With season 4 having set the series up for an epic finale season, fans are desperate to know how the groundbreaking sci-fi show will end, especially given that the creators seem to have always had a plan for season 5. While there is no guarantee that the petition will lead to the series’ resurrection, fans have proven time and time again that their dedication can move mountains, and perhaps Westworld‘s fans can still save the show.

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