Kept Us Waiting: Westworld and 13 More Shows With Major Gaps Between Seasons

With Westworld finally back for season three on Sunday, March 15, it will have been 21 months since it aired its last new episode.

By Billy Nilles Mar 15, 2020 2:00 PMTags
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These violent delights have violent ends.

That's the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that's become something of a catchphrase for Westworld over the course of the HBO sci-fi thriller's first two seasons. Of course, given the wait fans of the show have had to endure for a third season to finally arrive, the word "eventually" ought to be tacked on to the end of the phrase.

When the show returns on Sunday, March 15, not only will it look quite a bit different, as Dolores, Evan Rachel Wood's heroic robot, has finally made it out of the ghoulish theme park that's housed the show for its run, ready to track down its shadowy creators in a future-set Los Angeles, and new cast members Aaron Paul, Lena Waithe and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, among others, have joined the cast, but it will have been after quite some time. After all, the season two finale aired all the way back in June 2018.

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Westworld is hardly the first show on TV to take a considerable hiatus between seasons, though. As we celebrate its highly-anticipated return, let's take a look at all the shows who've kept us waiting over the years.

Stranger Things

The hit Netflix series kept fans waiting a whopping 21 months between seasons two and three. Hopefully, the wait for season four—allegedly due sometime in 2020—won't be nearly as long.

Mr. Robot

While Rami Malek was off becoming an Oscar winner, fans of the USA thriller that made him a household name were forced to wait 22 months for the premiere of the fourth and final season.

Game of Thrones

As production work soared and episode counts dropped on the HBO smash hit in the latter half of its eight season run, the length of hiatus between seasons only grew. Fans had to wait 13 months between seasons six and seven, compared to the typical 10. Meanwhile, the wait for the final season ballooned to 20 months.

Better Call Saul

Viewers of AMC's Breaking Bad prequel were made to wait 16 months before it returned for season five.

Mad Men

The period drama that put AMC on the map took a lengthy break between its fourth and fifth seasons. The season four finale aired in October 2010, while the fifth season didn't arrive until March 2012, 17 months later.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Between seasons five and six of the Bravo reality series, contract negotiations with cast members became so prolonged that the show was forced off its traditional production schedule and fans were made to wait 17 months for the new season to begin airing.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

While Teresa Giudice, the show's anchor cast member, served her 11-month prison sentence, the Bravo series suspended production until her release, making the wait between seasons six and seven a total of 20 months.


Fans of Donald Glover's acclaimed FX comedy know a thing or two about waiting for new episodes. The hiatus between seasons one and two lasted 16 months. And if the third season finally arrives in January 2021, as promised prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it will have been 32 months since season two ended.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The show with the unrivaled longest hiatus on this list, the HBO comedy waited an astounding six years, from 2011 to 2017, for Larry David to find inspiration for a ninth season. It made the 25 month wait for season 10 feel like a blink of an eye by comparison.


Before audiences could find out how Carrie Mathison's story would end, they had to wait 22 months for the Showtime thriller to return for its eighth and final season in 2020.


The wait between seasons two and three of HBO's trippy sci-fi series lasted a total of 21 months.

The Sopranos

Fans of HBO's iconic mob drama were made to wait 15 months between seasons four and five, with 21 months standing between seasons five and six.


When the fourth season of Issa Rae's HBO comedy began airing in April 2020, it was 19 months since the season three finale aired.

Wynonna Earp

While the Syfy cult-classic may not have the longest hiatus on this list, the reasoning behind the almost two-year gap between seasons three and four certainly warrants inclusion. Despite a renewal from the cable network coming through the day after season three began airing, financial troubles at IDW Entertainment, the publishing house responsible for both the source material and a good chunk of the show's budget, meant that production was delayed until new production partners could come aboard and help fund the fourth season. In early July, 2019—a full year after season four was ordered—it was announced that Cineflix Studios and Canada's Crave network had joined the show and filming would soon get underway. Of course, production was then impacted by coronavirus, so when the show returns on July 26, 2020, it will be a truncated run until production can safely resume once more.

Westworld returns for season three Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. on HBO. 

(E!, Bravo and USA are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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