Science, bitch! Deadline reports that Aaron Paul is joining the cast of “Westworld” for its upcoming third season, marking the three-time Emmy winner’s return to prestige television after his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “The Path.” No word yet on who the former Jesse Pinkman will be playing, but speculation is sure to abound — especially as “Westworld,” even more than most shows, thrives on encouraging audiences to spend as much time figuring out what might happen next as they do actually watching it.
All three of Paul’s Emmy wins came for his lauded performance opposite Bryan Cranston on “Breaking Bad,” which aired five seasons from 2008–2013 and has become one of the most revered television series of all time; in addition to starring on all three seasons of Hulu’s cult drama “The Path,” he voices Todd Chavez on Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman.” Paul’s silver-screen career includes roles in everything from “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Smashed” to “Triple 9” and “The 9th Life of Louis Drax.”
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For its highly confusing second season, “Westworld” earned 21 Emmy nominations — one fewer than the 22 doled out to fellow HBO drama “Game of Thrones.” Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and based on both Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name and its 1973 film adaptation, the show is expected to return for its third go-round next year.