Succession returns for its fourth season on March 26, but will it be the series’ last?
While there’s no word on whether this season will be the end for the Roy family, it certainly doesn’t look that way.
Creatively, the show still has plenty of life left in it.
In the newly released trailer, its Logan Roy against his children once more.
The trailer gives us our first look at the Roys experiencing turmoil and family strife as they imagine what life will be like when this sale of media giant Waystar RoyCo to tech pioneer Lukas Matsson is completed. As the family considers a future in which their influence in culture and politics will be significantly reduced, a power struggle emerges.
Moreover, interviews from cast and crew members seem to indicate the show has at least one more season left in it after this year.
Brian Cox, who plays patriarch Logan Roy, told GQ during the third season he expects “possibly two more series, and then I think we’re done.”
Georgia Pritchett, the show’s executive producer, concurred, telling The Times in 2021 that she thought Succession was unlikely to last further than five seasons: ” “I think the maximum would be five seasons […] at this point [creator Jesse Armstrong] is saying only one more.”
Armstrong said at the 2022 BAFTA TV awards that the show won’t “go on forever, but we’re still having fun at the moment.”
So an end may be in sight, but it’s not here yet.
Of course, all of these statements were made before Warner Bros. Discovery started pulling the plug on content left and right and removing titles from HBO Max without warning, but Succession isn’t your run of the mill show.
The series is a bona fide hit, and Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has said the company took a look at what people were watching on HBO Max and determined where to invest future funds when deciding on what shows to axe and remove.
“We are right [now] sizing HBO Max — more content that people love, more original content,” said Zaslav. And with 13 Emmy wins and critical acclaim, viewers certainly love the show.
And remember, Warner Bros. CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels said earlier this month that the days of axing shows and movies for tax write-offs are in the past, saying the company is “done with that chapter” and calling 2023 a year of “relaunching and building.”
So, all in all, things look very bright for another season.