Succession – HBO commissions a fourth season

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With only two episodes broadcast from season 3, the compelling drama has a further run confirmed.

In news that will surprise few, the corporate drama Succession has been granted a fourth series by HBO. The award-winning show, created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), only began its third season just over a week ago, and still has seven episodes to air in the current run.

A family civil war

The drama restarted with patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) wounded after the surprise attack from his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong). In the fallout, both are trying to sure up their positions and vying for control of the Waystar/Royco media empire. This is forcing family members, including Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin), to pick a side; a corporate battle will turn into a family civil war.

Returning alongside Cox and Strong, Snook and Culkin, the season 3 cast includes Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, J. Smith Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter and James Cromwell.

Additional cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody and Hope Davis.

Succession is executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy and Will Ferrell. Jesse Armstrong serves as showrunner.

On granting the recommission, Francesca Orsi, HBO Programming’s Executive Vice President said: “With each season of Succession, 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.”

Whether the newly ordered season 4 will be the last is open to question, thanks to a Sunday Times interview with writer Georgia Pritchett earlier in the year. She suggested that the show had a finite length saying “I think the maximum would be five seasons but possibly more like four” but also confirmed that “We’ve got a good end in sight.

However, while that’s for the future, Succession Season 3 is showing now on HBO MAX in the US, and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.