The epic sci-fi western show will be returning to screens

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Westworld has been renewed for a second season, as the epic sci-fi western show has proved popular with fans.

JJ Abrams’ remake of ’70s sci-fi film Westworld premiered on October 2 on HBO. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director produced the series, which stars Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood. It was written by Interstellar and The Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan.

According to Spin, HBO has confirmed that Westworld will be returning to screens for a second series. The series garnered 3.3 million viewers on its first day, between live and rerun broadcasts and streaming.

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According to HBO programming president Casey Bloys, the show is now averaging nearly 12 million viewers per episode, including reruns, on-demand, and streaming. However, Bloys told Variety that we will likely not see new episodes of Westworld until 2018.

Westworld has been criticised in the US after an episode featured a four-minute orgy scene. Up to 40 actors were involved in the raunchy scene, which some viewers of the HBO show thought went too far.

Earlier this year the cast and makers of the show defended the drama’s scenes of violence towards women.

Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Dolores in the show, said at the time: “It’s absolutely very rough. I don’t like gratuitous violence against women at all, but I would wait for the context in which it’s being used. As the show progresses, the way it’s being used is very much a commentary and a look at our humanity and why we find these things entertaining and why this is an epidemic, and flipping it on its head.

She added: “The roles for the women on this show are going to be very revolutionary. It’s very gender-neutral. I would ask, as somebody who is an advocate against any kind of abuse or violence and is outspoken about it, to give it a chance and wait to see where it’s going. I think it will surprise people.”