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Cast, release date, plot, and more.

Westworld season 3 is officially happening.

The announcement arrived May 1—after just two episodes into its critically acclaimed second season—to the delight of fans. Although the renewal came early in season 2, it was a relief to know that there would be a third season to answer even more questions and expand what we know of the parks.

“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

Our Westworld season 3 knowledge is limited, given how far away it could potentially be. But that has never stopped the internet from going even deeper into the maze.

Westworld season 3 plot

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Little is known about where season 3 will go now that the season 2 finale completely expanded its world beyond the Westworld’s borders. But per Nolan, the show will be “bigger and more ambitious,” so it’s possible that we’ll see even more of Westworld, the other parks, and even beyond in season 3.

Season 1 took place within the confines of Westworld, whereas season 2 expanded our horizons to the Raj and Shogun World. With three parks completely unexplored, we may learn the names and themes of those parks in subsequent seasons.

Now that Bernard and Dolores have finally escaped Westworld and got back their reprinted bodies, expect much of season 3 to take place in the real world. But we still have plenty of tethers to Westworld itself, with William badly wounded, the majority of the hosts (including Maeve, Hector, and Armistice) dead, and Felix and Sylvester left to salvage what they can.

“I don’t necessarily think that we’ve seen the last of these artificial worlds that are central to the conceit of our series as a whole,” Joy told the Hollywood Reporter. “But the major lens that we will have is going to be the real world. If the park does emerge and come back, we would plan on explaining how that could be, and why.”

And despite the massive time-jump in the season 2 post-credits scene, Nolan confirmed that there won’t necessarily be a time-jump within the main storyline.

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Westworld season 3 cast

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Much of the cast for Westworld’s third season is not yet confirmed—and relies on the outcome of the season 2 finale. For many of the hosts, even death isn’t the end; technicians have the ability to bring them back online and even ignore things like fatal gunshot wounds.

In the wake of ongoing conversations in Hollywood about pay equality between actors on a television show, both Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) and Thandie Newton (Maeve) have confirmed that they will be paid the same amount as their male co-stars in season 3. The comments, which were made before Westworld’s renewal, seem to confirm their involvement in season 3. Wood told the Wrap that she “almost got emotional” after she found out she would receive equal pay.

“[Negotiations are] all happening right now, and yeah, we’re all equal across the board,” Newton told Vanity Fair. “It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s – goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it.”

Although Dolores was shot in the season 2 finale, she managed to print herself a new body after Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) transferred her mind into a host with the appearance of Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and leave the park. Once on the mainland, Dolores printed a new body for Bernard. As for Maeve? Her character died at the end of season 2 along with most of the hosts in the park, but with Delos employees Felix (Leonardo Nam) and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) left in charge of sorting through which hosts to salvage, it probably won’t be long before Maeve, Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), Armistice (‎Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), and Hanaryo (Tao Okamoto) are running around the parks again. And although Charlotte Hale as we know her is gone, an unknown host using a printed version of her body remains by Dolores’ side.

Less likely to show up? Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), who sacrificed himself in the season 2 finale so his group could move closer to the Valley Beyond, and Elsie Hughes, who was murdered by Charlotte Hale—before Charlotte herself was murdered by Dolores—at the Mesa. And we’re not quite sure what role Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) will play next season; Bernard confirmed in the season 2 finale that he permanently purged Ford from his mind, but Bernard could still imagine him or show up in Maeve again once she’s back online.

We might have also seen the last of characters like Ghost Nation leader Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon) and Teddy (James Marsden), who both ended up in the virtual Valley Beyond, but that world might come into play in later seasons. As Nolan told Entertainment Weekly following the season 2 finale, “There’s a big story we’re telling here.”

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Breaking Bad and The Path star Aaron Paul is joining the cast of Westworld for its third season. Little is known about the character Paul will play on the show, but according to Deadline, he will be a series regular.

After the casting news came out, Paul posted a cryptic message to Westworld fans.

westworld season 3 - aaron paul @aaronpaul_8/Twitter

Westworld season 3 release date

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Although HBO’s renewal of Westworld was practically a no-brainer, what’s less certain is exactly when the show will return.

Prior to the start of season 2, Nolan stressed the importance of having enough time to tell the story he and Joy want to tell. The hiatus between seasons 1 and 2 was 18 months, and although Nolan didn’t confirm what sort of timeline he and Joy were working on, he reaffirmed that the more vital thing is being able to plan the next season out properly.

“We’re still talking it through, honestly, with our friends at HBO, and with the cast and the crew,” Nolan explained. “We want to take the time to make every season as exciting as possible. And we have an enormous challenge going into season 3 with the worlds that we’re building going forward. We want to make sure we have the time to do that right.”

Westworld season 3 trailer

A trailer for Westworld season 3 is not yet available, but we will update when one becomes available.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.

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