Westworld May Be Over But Cast Still Gonna Be Benefiting Of It
Despite the abrupt cancellation of HBO's Westworld, the core cast will be paid for the canceled fifth season.
According to Deadline, Westworld's cast had "pay-or-plan" deals for Season 5 confirmed before Season 4 aired. Long before a renewal decision is made, networks frequently make such deals to secure a cast with big names.
It is usually done because big stars may not return if their contracts are not in place. The total cost of the salaries owed to the core cast members for Season 5 is said to be between $10 and $15 million. While the figures may appear to be exorbitant, Westworld is known for being an expensive show to produce, with the third season costing nearly $10 million per episode.
HBO's abrupt cancellation of the show is being attributed to the same "viewership vs. cost" model used by Netflix. Since Westworld's viewership has steadily declined over the course of its four-season run, the cancellation could be attributed to the show's ratings not justifying the high production costs to those in charge.
While HBO has not provided an official explanation for the cancellation, it has issued the following statement: "Over the past four seasons, Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan have taken viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step. We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers, and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. Television. It's been a thrill to join them on this journey."
Kilter Films, one of the production companies behind HBO's Westworld, issued a statement calling the show the "highlight of our careers." The company also thanked the cast and crew of Westworld for "creating these indelible characters and brilliant worlds." Westworld, created by Nolan and Joy, premiered on HBO in 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. The sci-fi show's plot, writing, acting, and direction were all praised. The series is based on the same-named 1973 film directed by Michael Crichton. Despite nearly two-year gaps between seasons and a decline in ratings, many devoted Westworld fans stuck with the show for the duration of its run.