Succession’s Season 3 finale, “All the Bells Say,” turned everything about the relationships between the Roys and their closest companions on its head. Shiv (Sarah Snook) was faced with the ultimate betrayal by her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) was ready to play nice and join forces with his siblings, and Roman (Kieran Culkin) finally let go of his undying loyalty to his father. In the final moments of the episode, which aired in December 2021, Shiv’s realization of what Tom had done marked a shift in the family (and show’s) dynamic. Now, Season 4 is right around the corner to show us what a firmly divided Roy family looks like in the face of one of Waystar Royco’s most defining moments. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 of Succession so far.
Season 3 ended with the Roy siblings banding together against their father, Logan (Brian Cox), and based on the trailer and other plot details from HBO, that division is going strong in Season 4. This will provide an interesting narrative shift for the series, which up until now has been about Logan’s children fighting for his attention and the coveted title of “number one boy.” But now that sole distinction belongs to Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), who is salivating over any ounce of approval from Logan.
There are a few big events to look forward to: the sale of Waystar Royco to tech mogul Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård), Connor’s (Alan Ruck) presidential campaign, and what we can only assume will be the wedding of the century between Connor and Willa (Justine Lupe). And in the background of it all is the ticking time bomb of just how long Logan’s prodigal children can take betraying him. Who will be the first to crack?
Where it goes from here is also uncertain — in a 2021 interview with Variety, creator Jesse Armstrong made clear that there is a definitive ending point to the story, and executive producer Georgia Pritchett went as far as to say to The Times that “the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four.” With no announcement on a Season 5 renewal yet, there’s a possibility that even if this isn’t the final season that it will at least be setting up the series’s end.
HBO announced that Succession will premiere on Sunday, March 26 at 9:00 PM ET on both HBO and HBO Max, with new episodes airing every Sunday.
The Succession regulars are back in Season 4, so expect to see much more of Cox, Strong, Snook, Culkin, Ruck, Macfadyen, Nicolas Braun, and J. Smith-Cameron. New to the cast this season are Annabeth Gish, Adam Godley, Eili Harboe, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, though nothing has yet been revealed about any of their characters. Returning guest stars include Skarsgård, Harriet Walter (Lady Caroline Collingwood), James Cromwell (Ewan Roy), Natalie Gold (Rava Roy), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Tabitha), Ashley Zukerman (Nate Sofrelli), Larry Pine (Sandy Furness), Mark-Linn Baker (Maxim Pierce), and Pip Torrens (Peter Munion).
Update (Friday, Feburary 24 at 10 PM ET): Succession creator Jesse Armstrong confirmed Season 4 will be Succession's last in an interview with The New Yorker.
"I went into the writing room for Season 4 sort of saying, 'I think this is what we’re doing, but let’s also keep it open,'" Armstrong said. "I like operating the writing room by coming in with a sort of proposition, and then being genuinely open to alternative ways of going. And the decision to end solidified through the writing and even when we started filming: I said to the cast, 'I’m not a hundred per cent sure, but I think this is it.'"
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Brianna Wellen is a TV Reporter at Primetimer who became obsessed with television when her parents let her stay up late to watch E.R.
TOPICS: Succession, HBO, Alan Ruck, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, Sarah Snook