Violent delights may have violent ends, but Westworld’s enticements are in no danger of freezing all motor functions anytime soon. Which is happy news for us, pilgrim. Indeed, HBO made the unsurprising announcement all the way back in May 2018 that Westworld season 3 had been greenlit, even as the second season had yet to air its third episode.

Unfortunately, the nature of Westworld‘s vision means that each season of the series is created painstakingly, which is great, but it does mean that a lot of time passes between runs.

Here’s what we know so far…

Westworld season 3 cast

Deadline reports that Black Swan and Eastern Promises star Vincent Cassel will be a brand new villain in season 3, featuring as a series regular.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Vincent Cassel,” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said. “We’ve been longtime fans of his and are thrilled for him to join the Westworld team.”

Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul has also climbed aboard season 3, but no details have been released on his character yet. Deadline notes that the actor will be quite a big presence when the show returns, but all lips are currently sealed on the matter.

We wonder what they’ve got planned for him…

Westworld season 3 release date

While it is unclear when exactly Westworld season 3 will jump back into the saddle, we do now know that it’ll be at least 2020 before the series returns to HBO and Sky Atlantic.

Westworld season 3 plot

Showrunner and co-creator Lisa Joy has been chatting about what we can expect when Westworld returns for its third season with Stuff:

“It’s going to be a whole new world. This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they’ve broken out of the park itself. We’re in a new terra incognita. From the beginning, when Jonah and I were thinking about the series as far back as the pilot, we knew we wanted to explore other worlds in the park, and we also knew the one world we would start to see little glimpses of throughout the first two seasons was the real world, and that we would get there eventually – and when we did, it would be a whole new experience.”

And if you’re wondering whether Westworld is going to go full Lost on us, Joy also sought to nix that notion in the same interview:

“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come… but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”

More as we get it.

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