The Roy family’s time in the limelight is coming to a close, with Succession’s creator and showrunner, Jesse Armstrong, confirming its fate in an interview with The New Yorker. Though we are all saddened to see the Roy saga end, we cannot help but wonder who will emerge victorious in the power struggle for Waystar RoyCo. Will it be Kendall, Shiv, Roman, or could Cousin Greg finally claim his rightful place as CEO? We will have to tune in to find out. So, pour yourself a scotch and settle in, because it’s time to bid farewell to the Roys in the most dysfunctional way possible.
In a conversation with The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead, Armstrong explained, “There’s a promise in the title of Succession. I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From season two, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?”
“Before we began writing season four, in November and December of 2021, I met with a few of my fellow writers and said, ‘Look, I think this may be it. But what do you think?'” Armstrong continued. “We played out various scenarios: We could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons. Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something different, and be a more freewheeling, fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we could do something more powerful and complete and go out strong. And that was definitely always my preference.”
Armstrong added: “The ending needs to work on its own merits… I hope no one ever thinks that we’re overextending our welcome – that we’re going to do a terrible season or stretch it out. I hope those concerns never occur to people.”
Fans have speculated about the show’s future following Jeremy Strong’s recent comments in a GQ interview. Strong, who portrays Kendall Roy, stated that he envied his colleagues who had the opportunity to work on various projects rather than being exclusively committed to one particular show, like he has been. He went on to express a desire for “the freedom to just shoot yourself out of some different cannons” rather than feeling like he was playing the same character repeatedly. He also admitted that he no longer saw his future in the same way as he did when he was younger, and did not know what would come next for him after the show’s conclusion.
As news of Strong’s comments circulated amongst fans, speculation grew about whether the fourth season of Succession would be its last. This speculation was further fuelled by comments made by co-star Brian Cox, who portrays Logan Roy, in September 2022. At the time, Cox revealed that no one had yet had their contracts renewed for a potential fifth season, and that the show’s creators were determined to avoid overstaying their welcome.
The TV series premiered on HBO in 2018 and has been a favourite among fans ever since. The show follows the Roy family, who run a media conglomerate called Waystar RoyCo, as they navigate power struggles and family dynamics. The series has won numerous awards, including Golden Globes, Primetime Emmys, and SAG Awards, and has been critically acclaimed for its storytelling and performances.
The first three seasons of Succession are available to stream on HBO (Binge), and the fourth and final season will premiere on March 26. The new season’s trailer promises more of the same juicy drama and witty banter that fans have come to love. In it, Logan Roy is still plotting his next move, while his kids are uniting as the “rebel alliance.” Cousin Greg is also seen enjoying a celebratory moment, and Connor Roy and Willa Ferreya decide to tie the knot.
While it’s always sad to see a beloved show come to an end, Succession will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans who have been rooting for (or against) the Roy family all along. So, let’s raise a toast to the Roy family and their legacy, as we eagerly await their final season.
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