Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin in Succession

RIP, Succession

Pour one out for the Roys.

by Ani Bundel
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It took almost two years for Succession Season 3 to arrive after the 2020 Hollywood shutdown caused filming delays for HBO’s sleeper hit. With an international cast (Brian Cox and Matthew Macfadyen are UK residents; Sarah Snook is Australian) and a finale set in Italy, filming took a long time to get back underway. But now that Season 3 has come and gone, fans are asking when Succession Season 4 will be hitting our screens. After all, the deliciousness of the Roy family drama is enough for anyone to ask for more, and the recent revelation that this season will be the last has anticipation at an all-time high.

Warning: Spoilers for Succession Season 3 follow. Succession Season 3 was a family feud, Team Kendall versus Team Logan. Kendall went after his father, believing he’d win if he could convince his siblings to take his side. It took the entire season, but Kendall finally got Roman and Shiv in his ranks. But as the three Roy siblings drove to where Logan set up camp, ready to stage a coup to stop their father from selling Waystar to GoJo, they made one fatal flaw: They didn’t keep the coup a secret. Instead, Shiv told the plans to Tom, who went full Red Wedding and betrayed them. Logan moved fast, changing the paperwork to take the three children out of their power positions as company shareholders. Then he directed his team to sell the company, putting the plan in motion before any of them could stop it.

Fans came into the Season 3 finale expecting a demise, assuming it would be Kendall’s. Instead, Kendall is alive, and Waystar RoyCo is dead. And the battlefield for Season 4 is now utterly upended.

Succession Season 4 Trailer

On Oct. 24, 2022, HBO released the first promo for Succession Season 4, featuring Logan still feeling high and mighty while his four children conspire against him. And as for Tom? He’s ready to talk with Shiv about backstabbing his wife. Wonder how that conversation will go...

The next Succession Season 4 teaser arrived on Jan. 26, 2023, and unlike Tom, it did not disappoint.

This is a chessboard, every move is crucial, and fans cannot wait to watch these guys fail to play.

Succession Season 4 Cast

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Despite fans’ suspicions, the series did not off any of those competing to take over Waystar. (They may be fighting for a metaphorical Iron Throne, but there’s no trial by combat here.) Fans can be secure knowing that another season will mean the return of the full Roy family roster. That starts with Brian Cox as patriarch Logan Roy, Hiam Abbass as his third wife, Marcia, and Zoë Winters as his current mistress, Kerry.

All four children will be back as well, including Alan Ruck as oldest son Connor with Justine Lupe as his now-fiancée, Willa; Jeremy Strong as the once-heir apparent Kendall, with Natalie Gold as his ex-wife, Rava. Kieran Culkin will return as the youngest son, Roman, and J. Smith-Cameron, the woman who refused him in his hour of need, Gerri. Sarah Snook will also be back as Logan’s only daughter, Shiv; Matthew Macfadyen as Tom, the husband who betrayed her; and Nicholas Braun as cousin Greg. Whether or not Dasha Nekrasova will return as Greg’s possible girlfriend, Comfry, remains to be seen.

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Also confirmed to return for Season 4: Peter Friedman as Frank Vernon, the vice-chairman of Waystar RoyCo, David Rasche as CFO Karl Muller, Fisher Stevens as Parks and Cruises VP Hugo Baker, Scott Nicholson as Colin Stiles, and Jeannie Berlin as Cyd Peach. Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Lukas Matsson, will return, too.

And finally, Harriet Walter will probably also get another guest star turn as Logan’s second wife, Lady Caroline Collingwood, with Pip Torrens as her new husband, Peter.

Succession Season 4 Plot

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Along with the announcement that the series was back in production, HBO released an official synopsis for the new 10-episode season:

The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.

Succession Season 4 Filming Updates

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On Oct. 26, 2021, HBO confirmed Succession would return for another season, and filming began in New York City on June 27, 2022, per Deadline.

But this is not a fight that can go on forever. Showrunner Jesse Armstrong dropped the bombshell in a Feb. 23 New Yorker profile that Season 4 will the be the show’s final bow.

“I got together with a few of my fellow writers before we started the writing of Season 4, in about November, December, 2021, and I sort of said, ‘Look, I think this maybe should be it,’” Armstrong shared. “We played out various scenarios: We could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons. Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different, and be a more rangy, freewheeling kind of fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we could do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong. And that was definitely always my preference.”

Succession Season 4 Premiere Date

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Succession Season 4 will arrive on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 9 p.m. ET.

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