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Westworld has been renewed for a fourth season, HBO announced Wednesday. Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, said in a statement. “from the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we have thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”

The renewal comes with a little surprise as Westworld remains a key piece in HBO’s scripted originals lineup. While season three returned down (1.7 Million total viewers, including 901,000 linear vs. 2.05 million of the latter in season two), the renewal, per sources, was part of the joy and Nolan’s larger payout as part of their nine-figure overall deal the duo signed with Amazon last year.

While the married showrunners will create new projects for Amazon, the deal included payment for their services as showrunners on Westworld for what sources say could be up to season six.

Joy and Nolan, meanwhile, are already at work on multiple projects for Amazon including the Warner Bros. TV-produced The Peripheral, which was ordered to series last year. Writer Scott B.

Smith serves as showrunner on the drama series, which ix executive produced by Joy and Nolan and based on the book b William Gibson. The season three finale is set to air May 3.

Westworld is from WB. TV. J.J. Abrams exec produces via his Bad Robot banner, while Joy and Nolan oversee via their kilter films shingle. It is based on the feature film by Michael Crichton. Tessa Thompson and Aaron Paul also star. HBO’s scripted original roaster includes Avenue 5, Barry, Betty, Euphoria, Gentleman jack, Insecure, Perry Mason, The Righteous Gemstones, Run and Succession, as well as Abrams’ Contraband and Lovecraft Country, among several others.

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