Westworld season 3 probably wont be on TV for a LONG time

HBO and Sky Atlantic’s sci-fi cowboy drama hasn’t even started filming yet

Ed Harris as the Man in Black/William in Westworld season 2 (Sky, HF)

Fans hoping to see the next series of Westworld this year might be out of luck, because it’s looking like the third series won’t be coming to TV until 2020.

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According to the Wrap, filming on the acclaimed sci-fi drama is set to begin in March, and given the length of time needed for production and post-production of the glossy series it seems extremely unlikely that the next batch of episodes would be ready by the end of the year.

There may be some hope for a 2019 series – HBO programming chief Casey Bloys refused to rule out the possibility when he revealed the filming start point – but in many other ways, a 2020 airtime would make perfect sense. The gap between the first series (2016) and the second (2018) was pretty big – why wouldn’t the third series follow the same format?

And considering that HBO’s biggest series, Game of Thrones, is coming to its end this year (and its much-discussed spin-off only begins filming this October) wouldn’t it make sense for them to have another big show waiting in the wings for 2020?

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Whatever the truth, it seems like fans will need to freeze all motor functions and head into analysis mode for a good while yet. Westworld season three isn’t coming anytime soon.