Westworld season 3: Release date, trailers, casting news and fan theories

Westworld season 2 isn’t even over, but HBO have already announced that they’ve renewed the show for a third series. Westworld first aired in 2016 and viewing figures suggest that the current set of episodes will be as popular, if not more than the first batch.

Here’s what we know so far about Westworld season 3s release date, trailer news, casting and fan theories.

When is Westworld season 3 out?

A release date for the new episodes has not been announced just yet. The gap between the conclusion of season 1 and season 2 was 14 months – so we could be looking at a similar time scale here, meaning a 2019 or maybe even 2020 air date.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Jonathan Nolan spoke on the production issues the show faces. “It’s an ongoing conversation with our friends at HBO, and for us, with a show of this scope and scale, we’re not interested in doing the compromised version,” he said. “We want the show to get bigger and bigger and more ambitious and this takes time. We want to take all the time we need to get it right.”

Westworld Season 2

Is there a trailer for Westworld season 3?

Hold your horses, cowboy. There’s no trailer for the show yet as the show has not begun filming. Rest assured, as soon as we do – you can watch it right here.

How many episodes will there be in Westworld season 3?

Both season 1 and season 2 were 10 episodes long, so let’s assume there will be a similar count for Season 3.

What are the big theories for Westworld season 3?

We’re gonna have to wait for season 2 to end for the big theories to emerge – but there is a likelihood that we’ll leave Westworld for good. Season 2 has begun incorporating new parks in into the show, namely Raj World and Shogun World so far. “We’re not interested in repeating ourselves” Nolan told EW. “And for the hosts, their ambition is to learn a little more about the world outside their world. Who are we to step in their way?”

Judging by the rate season 2 is going – all out chaos – it’s not hard to imagine that the park is either destroyed or the story is moved out of there. Nolan hinted at there being a sense of “closure” at the end of season 2. “We like to settle our debts by the end of the season,” Nolan said. “We view each season as a self-contained chapter and the questions are largely answered by the end of each season. We want each season to feel satisfying the way a film franchise feels satisfying with each film. We want you excited to come back after 18 months but that you haven’t been left hanging on the edge of a cliffhanger — that doesn’t really feel fair to the audience.”

Westworld Season 2

Will the entire cast be back for Westworld season 3?

We know that Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) will return for a new series. The pair have spoken out about having equal pay with their male co-stars for the show and said that for season 3 they will be paid the same as Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins.

The remainder of the cast have not spoken about their character’s fate – but it’s safe to assume that plenty will not make it through.

Will there be any new characters in Westworld season 3?

Yep. Season 2 has incorporated several new characters, like Grace (Katja Herbers), Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Major Craddock (Jonathan Tucker), so expect a handful of new additions to the cast.