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HBO's 'Westworld' won't return until 2018

Fans of the hit sci-fi western featuring robots, humans and a whole lot of existential questions will have to be extra patient for season 2.

Will Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) be in the next season of "Westworld?" Fans will have to wait and see.

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When a popular show is groundbreaking, fans often have to wait for what seems like an eternity for it to return. Just ask any fan of "Sherlock" or "Game of Thrones."

So it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that hit show "Westworld" won't be back until the year after next.

"Definitely not coming back until 2018," Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter Monday. "We said to the network very early that this was a different kind of show, having gone through the experience of making the pilot."

In the spoiler-filled interview, Nolan also hints that the next season of "Westworld" will explore the concept of chaos and a much broader world than fans of the show were exposed to in the first season.

"We never had any intention of staying in one place," Nolan said. "We don't want to shoot on the same sets for 10 years. We want to blow the sets up and move on to another piece of the story."

With that in mind, new characters will most likely be introduced in the next season, as well as the kind of storyline worthy of a year hiatus. What would you like to see happen next in "Westworld"?