James Marsden Reviews 'Disappointing' 'Westworld' Cancellation

"It would be great if we could complete the story we wanted to complete."

Over the past year, a number of shows and movies have hit the big time thanks to the Warner Bros.-Discovery Channel merger. New management brought new rules, so regardless of stage of production (hello, Batgirl) or popularity, some fan-favorite features were pulled. One of these is the sci-fi series Westworld from creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The news came as a surprise to fans, because after Season 4 aired, a new season wasn't greenlit — instead, the series was canceled. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, actor James Marsden called the cancellation "disappointing."

Marsden plays a host named Teddy who falls in love with Dolores; after his tragic death in Season 2, he was absent for the entirety of Season 3 and finally returned in Season 4, much to the delight of fans. Upon his return, he seems to know more about the world and Dolores herself, but the story doesn't end there. "I'd be lying to you if I told you the way we ended Westworld wasn't a disappointment," Marsden said. "I would never speak without gratitude for any of my experiences, but it would be nice to finish the story

One of the reasons Westworld was canceled was that it was expensive to produce. The magnificent sets, stellar ensemble cast, and the series' seemingly waning popularity all contributed to WBD closing it for good. Marsden said he "fully understands[s] that it's an expensive show and that big shows have to have a lot of The audience is worth the price, I just hope it’s not just about the financial success.” It further added that the series offered one of the “unique opportunities to sit at home as a fan and eagerly await the next one.” episodes." Of course, the world Nolan and Joy wove captivates viewers with its unique twists and turns and keeps bringing its characters back in new incarnations.

After the show was axed, it was also pulled from HBO Max, but Marsden remains hopeful that the series might be finished: "Who knows, maybe there's a world where it can be done somehow. Maybe it's just Wishful thinking, because I know we have a plan to make it the way we want." But Marsden isn't alone, as fans are still rallying Get Season 5, but no update on the status of the series.

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