James Marsden, who portrayed Theodore “Teddy” Flood on the HBO series Westworld, is disappointed by the series cancellation after Season 4.
James Marsden, who portrayed Theodore “Teddy” Flood on HBO’s Westworld, was disappointed by how the show ended.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Marsden expressed his disappointment with the cancellation of Westworld after four seasons. “I’d be lying to you if I told you that the way we ended Westworld wasn’t a disappointment,” he said. “I’m never going to speak without gratitude about any of my experiences, but it would have been nice to be able to complete the story we wanted to finish. I love this Westworld family. It was one of those unique opportunities to be part of something where I also would be sitting at home ravenously waiting for the next episode as a fan.”
In November, it was announced that HBO had opted not to renew Westworld for a fifth and final season. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld originally premiered on HBO in 2016. The first two seasons were set in a technologically advanced amusement park known as Westworld, populated by androids referred to as “hosts,” while later seasons explored the world outside of the Wild West-themed park.
“I totally understand it’s an expensive show and big shows have to have big audiences to merit the expense, I just wish it was about more than financial success,” Marsden continued. “But who knows, maybe there’s some world where it can get completed somehow. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, because I know we had plans to finish it the way we wanted to.”
Westworld Scrubbed From HBO Max
Following Westworld‘s cancellation after Season 4, the series was scrapped entirely from HBO Max. It was reported in December 2022 that Westworld would be scrubbed by Warner Bros. Discovery from the streaming service, joined by other programs like The Nevers, FBoy Island, Legendary, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Raised by Wolves. The original 1973 Westworld movie and 2009’s The Time Traveler’s Wife are still available on the platform, however.
While Westworld is no longer available on HBO Max, Warner Bros. Discovery is expected to license it and other removed content to free, third-party, ad-supported streaming services. “We are incredibly proud of Westworld and the remarkable work of our cast and crew,” Nolan and Joy said in an official statement. “We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome a whole new audience to our show.”
During its run, Westworld won nine Primetime Emmy Awards. In addition to Marsden, the series starred Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Barnes, Clifton Collins Jr., Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Aaron Paul.
Source: Rolling Stone