Count James Marsden as one of those upset that Westworld has been relegated to TV history.
“I’d be lying to you if I told you that the way we ended Westworld wasn’t a disappointment,” Marsden, who played Teddy in the series in its first two seasons and again in its fourth, toldin an interview published Tuesday.
The network’s decision to take the beautifully and expensively filmed series off the air — it was even removed from HBO Max — followed a steep decline in ratings. THR estimated that the show dropped from 12 million viewers in its first season to 4 million in its fourth. Meanwhile, the price of production was about $100 million just for the first season; even executive producer J.J. Abrams said before the premiere that “the production value of this thing is preposterous.”
Marsden, whose co-stars included Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris and Aaron Paul, wishes that it wasn’t all about the bottom line. Creators had envisioned five seasons.
Sounds like Marsden would be down for a reunion or even a sequel series. In November, he reprised another of his memorable roles, that of Edward in Enchanted in the sequel, Disenchanted, which was released 15 years after its predecessor.