HBO Confirms Westworld Will Not Return in 2019

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We have some bad news, Westworld Fanatics!

The hit HBO drama series is sitting the entirety of 2019 out.

WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed to Deadline that the popular series will be back on the air during 2020.

Bernard in the Desert - Westworld Season 2 Episode 10

While it's no surprise that the series is taking a lengthy hiatus, it does make one wonder what HBO will promote as its tentpole series when Game of Thrones wraps its eight-season run in May.

Related: Westworld Renewed for Season 3

That being said, Bloys was adamant that shows like Succession, Sharp Objects, The Deuce, My Brilliant Friend, The Night Of, The Leftovers, Barry, Veep, and High Maintenance helped bridge the extended gap between Game of Thrones final two seasons.

The network also has Euphoria, Watchmen, The Nevers, and His Dark Materials on the horizon. There's no telling whether any of these shows will be big hits, but time will tell.

Are There Really Two? - Westworld Season 2 Episode 5

“Networks often go through these periods when signature shows go away, and people speculate on what the future is. And there’s always something that comes along that you didn’t expect,” adds Greenblatt of the changes coming for HBO.

The premium cabler is losing Game of Thrones for good in the coming weeks, but that's not to say the end of the franchise is on the horizon.

A prequel series is in the works and recently snagged a pilot order. The series comes from Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin and Jane Goldman.

According to the official logline, “the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour."

Tormund Searches - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

"And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

While it would be fair to assume that HBO would air anything Game of Thrones related in the aftermath of the show achieving record ratings with Sunday's season premiere, that is not the case.

Related: Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Surges to Series High

The network does not want to put out a series that will not be up to the quality of the original, and that's a good thing. There were reports last year that multiple spinoffs were in the works.

Jon and Dany - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

To date, just one has landed a pilot order. We must stress, however, that the original series went through a lot of changes from the pilot to the commissioned series.

What are your thoughts on the Westworld delay and the Game of Thrones prequel buzz?

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Westworld Quotes

Dolores: What have you become?
William: Exactly what you made me. You've helped me understand this world is exactly like the one outside. A game, one to be fought, taken, won.
Dolores: I thought you were different. You're just like all the rest.
William: I'm not like all the rest. I own this world, and I know every trick in it, except for one last thing, the same thing you were looking for when I first came here. Where is the center of the maze, Dolores? [Dolores cries] Oh yeah, cue the waterworks. It's about time you realize the futility of your situation.
Dolores: I'm not crying for myself. I'm cryin' for you. They say that great beasts once roamed this world. Big as mountains. Yet all that's left of them is bone and amber. Time undoes even the mightiest creatures. Just look what it's done to you. One day, you will perish. You will like with the rest of your kind in the dirt. Your dreams forgotten, your horrors faced, your muscles will turn to sand, and upon that sand a new God will walk, one that will never die, because this world doesn't belong to you or the people who came before. It belongs to someone who is yet to come.

The newcomers are just looking for the same thing we are, a place to be free, to stake out our dreams, a place with unlimited possibilities.

Dolores