“It still keeps me up at night”: the end of this canceled series will remain a mystery, even for its lead actress – News Series

“Westworld” ran for 4 seasons before being abruptly canceled in 2022. For Evan Rachel Wood, it's an absolute disappointment not knowing how Dolores and the others' story ends.

Attention, spoilers. Lfollowing article briefly discusses key elements of the ending of “Westworld”.

Evan Rachel Wood knows as much as fans do about what Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan had planned for the final season of their hit HBO series — which is to say, she doesn't know anything about All !

The actress, who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on January 30, revealed that she asked the showrunner duo where the series was headed after the season 4 finale where the park's androids took control. on humans: she got no answer.

For the co-creator of the show, Lisa Joyalthough there was something poetic about this finale, there was still room, in her eyes, for another season, as she told the same publication in 2022. However, last November 4, HBO revealed that she would definitely not renew the series which had faced a drop in audience between its seasons 2 and 3.

Evan Rachel Wood, devastated

Today, Evan Rachel Wood – whose character was at the heart of the series – reveals that the brutality of this cancellation was difficult for both the actors and the public.

It's been devastating in many ways because, number one, they don't tell us where the show is going. We were always told, 'We know how the show ends' when we started”, explains the actress. “They weren't writing it down as they went along. They had an idea, and we were all on a bed of nails, waiting to see and hear what the outcome would be. What it all meant.

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She adds : “We didn't have that and so after building an arc and a character for almost 10 years and not getting a payoff at the end to see where it was all going – I think for us and for the audience, it It was horrible in so many ways.

I asked the creators after we canceled, 'Can you please tell me how you were going to finish [l’histoire] ?' And they didn't tell me anything,” she said with a laugh. I think because, I don't know, maybe somehow, in some iteration, we'll be able to finish it, but I still don't know. It still keeps me up at night.

She's not the only one to be disappointed…

Following the cancellation of the series, his co-star, James Marsden, also spoke last January, also speaking of “disappointment”, a feeling shared by their colleague Luke Hemsworth in November 2022.

I'd be lying to you if I told you the way we ended Westworld wasn't a disappointment“, said James Marsden. “I will never speak without gratitude about any of my experiences, but it would have been nice to be able to finish the story we wanted to finish. I love this Westworld family. It was one of those unique opportunities to be a part of something where I also sat at home voraciously waiting for the next episode as a fan.

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The X-Men actor added that he understood the financial discussions surrounding the production of the show, being well aware that “major series must have a large audience to be worth the expense”. However, he deplores this result.

I just wish it was more than just about financial success. But who knows, maybe there is a world where this could come true somehow. Maybe it's just wishful thinking because I know we planned to finish it the way we wanted.

Treatment of horses on set questioned

In another register, Westworld was in the news again last week when one of its actresses denounced the treatment of horses on set. Sidse Babett Knudsen, who played Theresa Cullen in the first season, told Variety that she felt “frustrated” during filming as she tried to protect the animals in question.

I was always knocking on producers' doors saying: 'These horses have been in the sun for 10 hours, they're going to die, f*****'”, she said. “They don't even work today – put them in the shade!

She continued: “Of course, it's super irritating when an actress talks about horses all the time. How did they react? Not good.

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You're just an actor, so eat with your actors and don't talk to the technicians because they'll be scared. You’re a baby – you can’t even go to the toilet without someone with a headset telling everyone”, added the Danish actress. “I love watching other filmmakers. It is magic. But in the States, you come to the set when you need to, and then you go back to your trailer.

Since its debut in 2016, Westworld has accumulated no fewer than 54 Emmy Award nominations (including 7 wins). Season 4 debuted on HBO – and OCS here – in June 2022 and finally concluded a few months later. The series will therefore remain unfinished.

The 4 (and only) seasons of the show can be found on VOD.

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