HBO fans western world was shocked late last week when the award-winning dystopian sci-fi drama was born canceled before season five. Despite his winding plots and exciting comment on humanity vs. artificial intelligence, western world apparently fell victim to an aggressive network cost-cutting mandate. The show’s big budget, combined with declining ratings over the last two seasons, proved to be its downfall, but it turns out the A+ cast members still get paid.
meeting reports that western world‘s actors had “pay-or-play deals” for Season 5 to ensure the cast – which includes Aaron Paul, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson and Jeffrey Wright – continues will be paid. despite cancellation. The site reports that contracts may have been renegotiated prior to Season 4 and that networks giving such guarantees to their actors is not uncommon, especially for ensemble casts that may otherwise be difficult to put back together.
HBO is expected to pay out between $10 million and $15 million to the cast, which is still far more financially feasible than paying for another season THR reports that season 4 cost “at least $160 million” to produce the final eight episodes.
In spite of reviews for western world Co-creator Jonathan Nolan said he kept falling for season three in 2020 and two years later when it returned from pandemic-related delays, saying he always planned for a fifth and final season. It’s terribly frustrating for the fans, myself included, to know that there was a plan that would bring this about often confusing plot lines to a conclusion, and now we’ll probably never see how that plays out.
Over its four seasons, the series garnered 54 Primetime Emmy nominations and took home nine trophies. There’s no question that the HBO drama made its mark on the television world, and another good measure of that is the fact that it was brilliantly parodied The simpsons‘ annual Halloween episode “Treehouse of Horror” this year.
As the actors continue to receive a check from HBO, we can keep up with them through their other projects. Evan Rachel Wood is currently starring in a spot-on portrayal of Madonna in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on The Roku Channel. And after Teddy’s surprise return to western world In Season 4 you can watch all the best James Marsden Movies and TV Shows.
There may not be more stories of The Divine on the way, but the first four seasons of western world are still available to stream for fans with an HBO Max subscription. You can also catch some of the best original series from HBO Max and see what’s coming to cable and streaming for the rest of the year with our 2022 TV Guide.