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westworldWe are less than 2 years away from the end of Game of Thrones and HBO is desperate to find a replacement for the world’s most popular television show. And the network hasn’t had very good news off late- its $100 million project Vinyl flopped spectacularly and Thrones‘ showrunners David Benioff & Dan Weiss have publicly said no to their involvement for a spinoff.

But things may now change for HBO with Westworld. The Sci-fi western thriller, based on the 1973 movie of the same name, not only scored excellent reviews on its debut Sunday night but also drew an impressive 3.3 million viewers across all platforms, reports Variety. For comparison, Game of Thrones series premiere drew 2.2 million viewers, back in 2011.

If Westworld maintains or exceeds the quality of its premiere in the forthcoming episodes, this could be a huge win for HBO who has been looking for a Game of Thrones‘ replacement for some time now. After suffering from delays in production, ever-increasing budget and changes in network’s management, Westworld’s successful debut is extremely good news for HBO.

Hollywood Reporter says that  the series premiere cost the network around $25 million and the whole season cost about $100 million, matching the budget of Game of Thrones season 6.

And there is a reason as to why Westworld is attracting this much attention. Not only the show boasts a high profile cast (Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood), it is created by the extremely talented Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Person of Interest) and executive produced by Star Wars director and Lost creator J.J. Abrams. The $100 million price tag ensured beautiful cinematography, brilliant action sequences and remarkable visual effects. The musical score by Game of Thrones‘ Ramin Djawadi is also exceptional.

Westworld’s premiere has set the bar very high and it is very important that it continues to build up the mysteries while investing heavily on character development to keep the viewers hooked. 3.3 million is a pretty impressive start and for now the sci-fi western thriller series has lived up to the hype.

Want to know more about the show? Check out the trailer below.

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