Warning: contains Succession spoilers
It’s been almost a year since audiences were treated to the dramatic and terrifying finale of Succession’s third season. And since then it has been an equally excruciating wait to find out what happens next.
Fans have been given details about the upcoming season: Back in May at the BAFTAS, creator Jesse Armstrong said the writing for the next season was nearly complete, and then in June, the show’s official Twitter account shared an image of a clapperboard that said production had begun.
An official synopsis for season 4 was also released in June, which said there would be 10 episodes in the upcoming season and that the drama would unfold as “the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson draws ever closer.” plus”.
Granted, none of these tidbits of information reveal much, but today HBO Max released a super-cut of trailers for its upcoming shows, and audiences got a sneak peek of Succession series 4.
So while we don’t have details on the release date just yet, fans do, FinallyThey have something to feast your eyes on.
Here’s everything we know about the trailer and the upcoming season.
The trailer dropped today as part of a larger supercut of trailers for upcoming shows on HBO Max, including The White Lotus, Love & Death, The Idol and The Last Of Us, a documentary called Shaq about Shaquille O’Neal, Curb Your Enthusiasm. , Somebody, Somewhere, Perry Mason, Barry, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Gilded Age.
We can then take a look at Succession (starting at 1 minute and 30 seconds).
“This is not the end,” Logan Roy says, then, in another scene, yells to a crowd in the office, “We’re killing the opposition.” Then the screen flickers between his daughter Shiv, who leans her forehead in her hand, son Roman, who looks off into the distance, and son Kendall, who stares blankly beyond the camera.
“I’m going to build something better, faster, more agile, wilder,” Logan shouts to a crowd of offices. “I like it here! I love it!”
That is all. The new trailer is literally seconds long, but it’s still wonderful to see our favorite characters back on screen, if only for a moment.
What has happened so far?
The third season was a true marvel. Succession follows the Roy family, owners of a media conglomerate (they could be seen as a fictional Murdoch family), and the drama that ensues when the family’s four adult children, Connor, Kendall, Roman, and Shiv, battle each other and their father, Logan, for control of the company.
The third season left things, unsurprisingly, on a big cliffhanger. In the penultimate episode, Kendall was drunk and face down in a swimming pool. Was he dead? (He wasn’t, but he set the tone for the final showdown.)
Then, in the finale, in what The Guardian called “the most biblical betrayal of all,” Tom Wambsgans (Shiv’s husband) betrayed his own wife and brothers-in-law by tipping off Logan and telling him his sons had been plotting against him. . . Logan reacted by selling his company Waystar Royco to a tech billionaire, and also renegotiated his divorce settlement with Caroline in such a way that he removed his children’s control rights to the company.
What else do we know about the upcoming season?
After season three, with all its poignant and anxious drama, season four will almost certainly be more of the same. After all, there is so much unfinished business. What will Logan do without Waystar Royco (if the sale goes through)? What role will Lukas Matsson, the CEO of GoJo (the tech billionaire Logan is selling to) now play? How are Kendall, Roman and Shiv going to handle their new situation? What revenge will Shiv execute on Tom?
The show’s official synopsis reads: “The prospect of this seismic sale sparks existential angst and family division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will be like once the deal is complete. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs a future in which its cultural and political clout is severely reduced.” You can already feel your stomach start to do somersaults.
Then there are the ever-growing ambitions of some of the more minor characters, like Cousin Greg (who has made an unlikely alliance with Tom). Speaking to Deadline, Nicholas Braun, who plays Greg, teased that in the upcoming season, “Greg shifts into another gear” and that “he and Tom have a new frequency.” Eek.
Who is coming back?
We haven’t seen an official cast list yet, but we can assume that all the key members of the family will return given that they are still in the fight.
There’s Team One, consisting of Logan (Brian Cox) and his allies Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) and Greg (Nicholas Braun), Gerri (J Smith Cameron), Frank (Peter Friedman), and Karl (David Rasche) and their ex. wife. Caroline (Harriet Walter).
Then there’s team two, which is made up of Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) who finally joined forces at the end of season three, leading to that incredible riot. If you didn’t see the third season, it’s definitely worth going back and watching, even if you know the ending, just to see that shocking scene.
So, it remains to be seen which side eldest son Connor (Alan Ruck) and his new fiancée Willa (Justine Lupe) will join.
Matsson (played by Alexander Skarsgård) will then also return for season four alongside Arian Moayed’s Stewy Hosseini (an old friend of Kendall’s), Juliana Canfield’s Jess Jordan (who works at Waystar Royco), Annabelle Dexter-Jones’s Naomi Pierce. (board member of media company PGM), Justin Kirk’s Jeryd Mencken (far-right congressman), Stephen Root’s Ron Petkus (political donor and organizer), and Dagmara Domińczyk’s Karolina Novotney (who is PR director of Waystar Royco).
What do the critics think?
Succession has been a huge success with critics and audiences alike. The show won two Golden Globes (in 2020 and 2022) and won two Primetime Emmy Awards (also in 2020 and 2022) and has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The third season won 25 Primetime Emmys, the most of any show that year.
Reviewing the season three finale, The Guardian called it “pure sinister perfection”, while The Telegraph called it a “devastating, murderous conclusion” and NME said that it “remains the best show on television”.
Any other gossip?
Speaking to The Guardian in December 2021 about the season three finale, writer Armstrong said: “You have limited plot, character and psychological capital. One day it will be gone and you don’t know when that day will be. The fear is that it will sneak up on you when you’re not looking.”
Then, when Armstrong was asked how long the show would go on at the BAFTAs in May 2022, he said: “I won’t answer that precisely. I don’t think it should go on forever. But we’re still having fun right now.”
Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall, caused a stir in a December 2021 interview with The New Yorker in which he detailed his acting methods (which he calls “identity diffusion”). In the interview, Strong said, “I can’t work in a way that feels like I’m doing a TV show. I need, for whatever reason, to believe that it’s real and commit to that sense of belief,” and that, “For me, the stakes are life or death… [Kendall] as seriously as I take my life.
“His placid demeanor belies a relentless, sometimes preening intensity,” said New Yorker writer Michael Schulman.
In an interview with Deadline a month later, Brian Cox, who plays Kendall’s father Logan, said, “It was Jeremy’s idea, the whole article… In a way, it encouraged him, and I think it was unfortunate.”
He added: “Let me tell you that I have a lot of respect for Jeremy as an actor, and I only wish him the best. I think he lives in a lot of pain. I mean, he creates the pain in the role that he plays… There’s a certain amount of pain at the root of Jeremy, and I feel that pain.”
Succession Season 4 does not currently have a set release date.