It was no surprise when HBO renewed Succession for a fourth season just a week into season three. The show has been a hit from the jump, pulling in audiences with its quick-witted dialogue, characters you love to hate, and enough meme fodder to occupy Twitter for hours at a time. Plus, the series is an award show darling that has dominated at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards over the past three years.
Now, show creator Jesse Armstrong has confirmed that the fourth season will be the show’s last. Speaking with the New Yorker, Armstrong explained his reasoning for ending the hit series after four seasons, saying, “You know, there’s a promise in the title of Succession. I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From season two, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?”
He added, “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. But what do you think?’ And 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.”
Considering the cliffhanger that ended season three in December 2021, fans are itching to get Succession back on TV so they can find out what’s going to happen to the dysfunctional Roy family and their company, Waystar Royco. Here’s everything we know about Succession season four.
Is there a trailer for Succession season four?
HBO Max shared a new trailer for Succession season four on Thursday, March 2, and the clip features the lead up to the final showdown between the Roy kids and their dad, Logan. As Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Shiv (Sarah Snook) plan to join forces with Logan’s enemies, Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed), Sandi Furness (Hope David) and Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones), the trailer shows the Roy patriarch continuing to outsmart his kids, at one point telling them, “I love you, but you are not serious people.”
Watch the trailer below:
What will Succession season four be about?
As a reminder, season three ended at Caroline’s wedding in Italy, with Logan Roy about to sell the company to the CEO of the streaming platform GoJo, Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). After months of fighting, Kendall reunited with his siblings in an attempt to stop their dad from making the deal and effectively cutting them out of the company. Before they could do it, however, Tom Wambsgans betrayed his wife, Shiv, and told Logan about the kids’ plan, leaving Kendall, Roman, and Shiv defeated and abandoned by their father.
Season four will more or less pickup where three left off. According to an official synopsis from HBO, “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 complete. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”
Who will be in Succession season four?
All the main players are set to return for the fourth season, including Brian Cox as Logan Roy, Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy, Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, Alan Ruck as Connor Roy, Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans, Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch, and J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri Kellman. Skarsgård will also be coming back as Matsson as the sale to GoJo continues to move forward. Unfortunately, the other major guest star of season three, Adrien Brody, seemingly won’t be back for another round. He revealed to W that he never got the call to return. “I don’t think, it is in the cards,” he said. “You never know, but I think I would’ve heard from them by now.”
Where is Succession season four set?
Of course, the majority of season four will be set in New York City, per usual, though the Roys will be traveling a bit as well. Almost every season so far has included a family vacation of some sort and Variety just revealed that production is currently underway in western Norway. Apparently, Matsson invites the Roys to visit his home country as the sale of Waystar inches closer. “Norway is a glorious, natural setting,” said producer Scott Ferguson. “It immediately seemed like a perfect place for a family gathering in the series. We studied different countries, but we realized Norway just has this exceptional landscape—like nowhere else in the world.” The trip will also allow the show to dive into Matsson’s story more, as he remained mostly just a side character after his initial introduction last season.
When will Succession season four premiere?
The new season will premiere on HBO on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
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