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Westworld season 4: Release date, cast, trailer, plot, latest news

Everything we know so far about the fourth season of the hit sci-fi show, including plot, cast and when it might air.

Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld season 4
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Published: Tuesday, 10th May 2022 at 2:00 pm
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Westworld is known for its complicated narrative and philosophical conundrums, but the third season delivered all that as well as plenty of action for good measure.

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Season three was released just as the coronavirus pandemic hit and made for great early lockdown viewing, but now the fourth season is finally on the way and with a trailer out to consume and the release date confirmed.

Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright and more are back for the new episodes but considering where the third season left off, nothing will ever be the same again.

Read on for everything we know about Westworld season 4.

Has Westworld been renewed for a season 4?

Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay in Westworld season 4
Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay in Westworld season 4 HBO/YouTube

Yes - which is hardly a surprise given that it's one of HBO's biggest ongoing shows!

The series was officially recommissioned by HBO for a fourth run in April 2020, with Sky also confirming that it would continue to broadcast the show in the UK.

At the time of renewal, HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys said, "From the Western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve 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."

Westworld season 4 release date

Westworld season 4 will premiere on HBO Max in the US on 26th June 2022.

We suspect the series will premiere the following day on Sky Atlantic and NOW but this has yet to be confirmed.

Production officially started in summer 2021, with Maeve star Thandiwe Newton finishing her first week of filming in June.

Jeffrey Wright later confirmed that filming had finished for the fourth season in December 2021.

Westworld season 4 cast

The following cast members will be returning for Westworld season 4.

  • Evan Rachel Wood as TBC
  • Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay
  • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe
  • Tessa Thompson as "Charlotte Hale"/Dolores Abernathy
  • Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols
  • Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs
  • Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather
  • Ed Harris as William/The Man in Black

Most of the cast members who portrayed surviving characters are confirmed to return.

Additionally, despite the death of the original iteration of Dolores Abernathy, Evan Rachel Wood will return for the fourth season but it is unknown who exactly she is playing.

Thandiwe Newton and Aaron Paul in Westworld season 3
Thandiwe Newton and Aaron Paul in Westworld season 3 HBO/YouTube

It is currently unknown if Tao Okamoto will reprise her role as the host Hanaryo, but it seems likely in at least some capacity.

Meanwhile, Vincent Cassel served as the main antagonist of the third season as tech giant Engerraund Serac but it is unknown if he will appear here.

There will also be some new names joining the cast - including Prodigal Son star Aurora Perrineau. Perrineau's role has remained undisclosed for now, but Deadline has reported that she will appear in at least five episodes.

Finally, Oscar-winning West Side Story cast member Ariana DeBose has been cast in a recurring role in the new episodes. DeBose is glimpsed in the trailer sharing a scene with Evan Rachel Wood's new character.

Will she portray a human or a host?

Westworld season 4 trailer

The trailer for the fourth season of Westworld found its way online on Monday 9th May 2022.

The footage sees the return of Evan Rachel Wood despite the death of the original Dolores Abernathy in the third season, while also teasing the globetrotting for the season to come.

Caleb and Maeve look to have teamed up, Bernard appears to be learning secrets, while Stubbs comes face to face with the Man in Black.

Clementine can be seen ominously standing over a new character, while "Charlores" stands with what appear to be dancing hosts.

Epic and ominous times ahead, with the clip ironically soundtracked to the song Perfect Day.

Westworld season 4 plot

Tessa Thompson as Charlores in Westworld season 4
Tessa Thompson as Charlores in Westworld season 4 HBO/YouTube

The third season ended with a bang - with the Man in Black (Ed Harris) being killed and replaced by a host controlled by Halores - so the potential for season four is already great.

Earlier this year, showrunner Jonathan Nolan said that he couldn't wait to see the new developments, claiming, "I’m a big believer in being guided by irony. [The Man in Black] winds up becoming this thing [a host] that he’s controlled for so long. And on a visceral level, I just can’t wait to watch Ed kill everyone."

Meanwhile, Harris himself added, "I have no idea what they have planned for me. I’m teamed with Tessa, I know. Hopefully, we can do some rightful damage.”

Nolan has also teased that the next run will have a slightly different feel to the three that have come before, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "We felt we had an open invitation to play around, especially in this moment where TV is reinventing itself constantly, to have a show that reinvents itself season after season.

"So the idea that next season will feel different and distinct in genre from the previous seasons? Yes, that's absolutely part of the structure of the show."

Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to what might happen - for example, will Dolores make a return in a new form after her death in season three? And is Charlotte building an army? For now, we'll just have to wait and see!

Westworld seasons 1 to 3 are available now on Sky and NOW. Check out more of our Sci-Fi coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.

The latest issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now – subscribe now and get the next 12 issues for only £1. For more from the biggest stars in TV, listen to the Radio Times podcast with Jane Garvey.

Westworld is known for its complicated narrative and philosophical conundrums, but the third season delivered all that as well as plenty of action for good measure.

Season three was released just as the coronavirus pandemic hit and made for great early lockdown viewing, but now the fourth season is finally on the way and with a trailer out to consume and the release date confirmed.

Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright and more are back for the new episodes but considering where the third season left off, nothing will ever be the same again.

Read on for everything we know about Westworld season 4.

Has Westworld been renewed for a season 4?

Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay in Westworld season 4
Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay in Westworld season 4 HBO/YouTube

Yes - which is hardly a surprise given that it's one of HBO's biggest ongoing shows!

The series was officially recommissioned by HBO for a fourth run in April 2020, with Sky also confirming that it would continue to broadcast the show in the UK.

At the time of renewal, HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys said, "From the Western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve 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."

Westworld season 4 release date

Westworld season 4 will premiere on HBO Max in the US on 26th June 2022.

We suspect the series will premiere the following day on Sky Atlantic and NOW but this has yet to be confirmed.

Production officially started in summer 2021, with Maeve star Thandiwe Newton finishing her first week of filming in June.

Jeffrey Wright later confirmed that filming had finished for the fourth season in December 2021.

Westworld season 4 cast

The following cast members will be returning for Westworld season 4.

  • Evan Rachel Wood as TBC
  • Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay
  • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe
  • Tessa Thompson as "Charlotte Hale"/Dolores Abernathy
  • Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols
  • Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs
  • Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather
  • Ed Harris as William/The Man in Black

Most of the cast members who portrayed surviving characters are confirmed to return.

Additionally, despite the death of the original iteration of Dolores Abernathy, Evan Rachel Wood will return for the fourth season but it is unknown who exactly she is playing.

Thandiwe Newton and Aaron Paul in Westworld season 3
Thandiwe Newton and Aaron Paul in Westworld season 3 HBO/YouTube

It is currently unknown if Tao Okamoto will reprise her role as the host Hanaryo, but it seems likely in at least some capacity.

Meanwhile, Vincent Cassel served as the main antagonist of the third season as tech giant Engerraund Serac but it is unknown if he will appear here.

There will also be some new names joining the cast - including Prodigal Son star Aurora Perrineau. Perrineau's role has remained undisclosed for now, but Deadline has reported that she will appear in at least five episodes.

Finally, Oscar-winning West Side Story cast member Ariana DeBose has been cast in a recurring role in the new episodes. DeBose is glimpsed in the trailer sharing a scene with Evan Rachel Wood's new character.

Will she portray a human or a host?

Westworld season 4 trailer

The trailer for the fourth season of Westworld found its way online on Monday 9th May 2022.

The footage sees the return of Evan Rachel Wood despite the death of the original Dolores Abernathy in the third season, while also teasing the globetrotting for the season to come.

Caleb and Maeve look to have teamed up, Bernard appears to be learning secrets, while Stubbs comes face to face with the Man in Black.

Clementine can be seen ominously standing over a new character, while "Charlores" stands with what appear to be dancing hosts.

Epic and ominous times ahead, with the clip ironically soundtracked to the song Perfect Day.

Westworld season 4 plot

Tessa Thompson as Charlores in Westworld season 4
Tessa Thompson as Charlores in Westworld season 4 HBO/YouTube

The third season ended with a bang - with the Man in Black (Ed Harris) being killed and replaced by a host controlled by Halores - so the potential for season four is already great.

Earlier this year, showrunner Jonathan Nolan said that he couldn't wait to see the new developments, claiming, "I’m a big believer in being guided by irony. [The Man in Black] winds up becoming this thing [a host] that he’s controlled for so long. And on a visceral level, I just can’t wait to watch Ed kill everyone."

Meanwhile, Harris himself added, "I have no idea what they have planned for me. I’m teamed with Tessa, I know. Hopefully, we can do some rightful damage.”

Nolan has also teased that the next run will have a slightly different feel to the three that have come before, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "We felt we had an open invitation to play around, especially in this moment where TV is reinventing itself constantly, to have a show that reinvents itself season after season.

"So the idea that next season will feel different and distinct in genre from the previous seasons? Yes, that's absolutely part of the structure of the show."

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Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to what might happen - for example, will Dolores make a return in a new form after her death in season three? And is Charlotte building an army? For now, we'll just have to wait and see!

Westworld seasons 1 to 3 are available now on Sky and NOW. Check out more of our Sci-Fi coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.

The latest issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now – subscribe now and get the next 12 issues for only £1. For more from the biggest stars in TV, listen to the Radio Times podcast with Jane Garvey.

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