Westworld is one of HBO’s biggest science fiction series. Over three seasons, we’ve seen the show’s namesake Western park collapse, the android “hosts” that populate it escape out into the wider world, and even the overthrow of an AI supercomputer that was dictating the fate of the Earth’s human population. Westworld is one of those shows that has to reinvent itself every season, which means it’s hard to predict where things will go next. We long ago left behind the android theme park for the rich that served as the backdrop for the show’s first couple of seasons, which means it’s now harder than ever to predict where Westworld will go from here.
Season 3 of the show left off with a few very big cliffhangers, including the destruction of Rehoboam and the seeming death of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Meanwhile, a copy of Dolores’ personality that had been implanted into the host body of Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) was assembling an army of new hosts, with one of her most dangerous weapons being a robotic version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris). The real Man in Black met his end in the season’s final moments at the hands of his doppelganger. And to top it all off, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) had seemingly found a way to go to the digital hideaway that the rest of the hosts from Westworld fled to through the Door in season 2.
With all that and more to wonder about, it’s been a long wait for season 4 of Westworld. Season 3 aired in 2020, which may as well have been another lifetime ago. So when is season 4 coming out?
When does Westworld season 4 start?
It’s been almost two years since Westworld season 3 aired, which is about the normal gap that the show has always had between its seasons. While the exact date for Westworld season 4 has not yet been announced, HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed that the show will be returning in summer 2022.
We haven’t had any news about Westworld season 4 since then, however we have had another big bit of HBO programming news that could shed a bit more light on the show’s release window. HBO recently confirmed that its Game of Thrones successor show House of the Dragon will begin airing on Sunday, August 21. Sunday is also the night that Westworld traditionally airs. So it’s very possible that Westworld will air before House of the Dragon so that the platform has a solid few months of programming laid out without its biggest shows competing with one another. Westworld’s earlier seasons never aired at the same time as Game of Thrones, presumably in part because both shows were a significant enough draw for HBO that they were worth spacing out.
Alternatively, Westworld could have some kind of overlap with House of the Dragon’s premiere, with perhaps the final few episodes of season 4 airing on the same night as House of the Dragon‘s first few episodes as a way to help launch the successor series.
Ultimately, we won’t know for sure until we get an official announcement from HBO. But considering that House of the Dragon already has a release date and is expected to air after Westworld season 4, the chances that we’ll get a confirmation from HBO about Westworld’s air date soon are very high. We’ll be on the lookout.
In the meantime, seasons 1-3 of Westworld are available to stream on HBO Max.