Leading Actor Speaks Out After Sudden ‘Westworld’ Cancellation

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James Marsden spoke out over HBO’s decision to cancel “Westworld” in November.

Marsden, who played a leading character in the ensemble series, said that he was “disappointed” in HBO’s decision to end the show after four seasons, in an interview with Rolling Stone published Tuesday. He was part of the series from the first episode, which aired in October 2016, and took part in the first two seasons, took a break for season three and then came back for the finale.

“I’d be lying to you if I told you that the way we ended Westworld wasn’t a disappointment,” Marsden told Rolling Stone. “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.”

His sentiment was echoed by his co-star, Luke Hemsworth, who also called the cancellation “disappointing” immediately after it was announced in November, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (RELATED: The Budget For ‘1923’ Will Make Your Brain Melt)

Marsden believes the cancellation came down to the financial commitment for the show and a lack of viewership. Ratings had dropped significantly over the course of the four seasons, according to another THR article.