Now that season 3 of succession is coming to an end, we’re already eager to learn the future of the critically adored HBO drama. Although the production itself was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the fictional Roy family wasn’t held back much by quarantine—chiefly because they’re a bunch of mega-wealthy folks who have no ethical qualms with bending the rules. Actress Sarah Snook confirmed that the virus wouldn’t have much to do with season 3 in an interview with Vulture.
“These are really wealthy people,” said Snook. “And unfortunately, none of the world’s really wealthy people were going to be affected by the pandemic.”
That doesn’t mean there aren’t other types of fallout. Kendall Roy ended season 2 by throwing his father under the bus after giving up on his desperate need for daddy’s approval. Kendall was supposed to be Waystar Royco’s valiant martyr, but matters took a sharp turn when he stepped up to the mic in the season 2 finale.
“The truth is that my father is a malignant presence, a bully and a liar, and he was fully personally aware of these events for many years,” he announces. “My father keeps a watchful eye over every inch of his whole empire, and the notion that he would have allowed millions of dollars in settlements and compensation to be paid without his explicit approval is utterly fanciful.”
He concludes, “I think this is the day his reign ends.”
Where could succession go beyond season 3? Here’s what we know.
Will there be a season 4?
HBO renewed succession for a fourth season about a week after season 3 premiered. While there are no further details about the story yet, network execs voiced their confidence in the hit drama.
“With each season of succession, [creator] Jesse Armstrong has continued to surpass our wildest expectations, pulling us deeper into the Roy family’s inner sanctum with indelible wit, humanity, and precision,” Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, said in a statement. “This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead.”
When does filming begin?
Reportedly, not until June 2022. Brian Cox told GQ UK that it was “roughly the plan” to start shooting next June. He added, “I think the writers are getting back in January. I was surprised because I thought they’d be getting back in November. But I do think they need a break. I mean, I think that they do need space, because they’ve been working really hard on this [series]”
While we await updates on the filming schedule, Armstrong told variety on May 8 that the writing stage is almost complete. “We’re almost done with the writing for season 4, here in London, with the American writers coming over,” he told the outlet. “They’re a really great group of people to talk about the nuances of character and the world and what we’re doing on the show.”
Will there be more seasons after that?
If you’re already concerned about where the Roys end up in 2022 and beyond, there’s some good news. It sounds like there’s a chance we could get even more chapters of the HBO hit. Writer and executive producer Georgia Pritchett was interviewed by UK newspaper The Timeswhere she said there could be as many as five seasons because showrunner Jesse Armstrong has “a good end in sight.”
“I think the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four,” said Pritchett.
Armstrong previously told The New Statesman, though, that the show won’t go on for “too long.” “There’s going to be a very definite moment when that story is over,” he said. “And it can’t go on too long. I think there’ll be an end for me in this incarnation of the show in…” He added after a pause, “In a bit.”
And in his brief variety interview, the showrunner hinted at the future of the series: “I won’t answer that one precisely. I don’t think it should go on forever. But we’re still having fun at the moment,” he said.
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