HBO Has Renewed WESTWORLD For Season 2, But It Probably Won't Air Until 2018

Update: EW has an interview with HBO president of programming Casey Bloys, who actually did reveal some surprising news about Westworld. It's not that the show has been renewed for season 2, but that fans will probably have to wait until 2018 to see it:

My suspicion is sometime in ‘18 because of how big the world is and what goes into shooting it. So I don’t have exactly, they’re going to have to map it out and write the scripts, but my guess is sometime in ‘18.

Original article follows.

In news that should not come as a shock to anyone, this morning HBO officially renewed its popular sci-fi series Westworld for a second season.

Often, it's easy for me to get lost in my bubble and think that a show is super popular simply because a lot of people are writing about it on pop culture websites. But just because a show inspires a lot of coverage doesn't necessarily mean that translates to a decent audience of normals watching at home. Luckily for HBO, they've happened to hit the jackpot with a show which a lot of people pore over every frame as if it's a religious text and one that regular people at home also just enjoy watching: the network's press release touts that Westworld is averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, which means it's outperforming both Game of Thrones and True Detective during similar times in their first seasons.

For me, the show has hinted at tremendous potential but its execution has been extremely frustrating so far. (I haven't seen last night's episode yet, so that may end up changing my mind in some regard.) The showrunners stopped production midway through the first season, supposedly to map out five seasons' worth of plot and story, and if they keep those numbers up, I'm guessing it won't be hard for them to reach that goal. Are you all still watching Westworld? What do you think about it?

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