Over the course of its first three seasons, HBO’s Succession has captivated viewers with a mix of old-school daddy issues and writing so razor-sharp that only Veep could legitimately claim to match it. The show, created by Jesse Armstrong, centers around the ultra-wealthy Roy family who are in control of media empire Waystar Royco. Since its 2018 premiere, the dark and often comedic drama has mostly focused on the power struggle between patriarch Logan and his wannabe successor son, Kendall. Heading into season four, this three-year battle appears to be in the rearview, and audiences are left wondering what this delightfully dysfunctional ensemble will be up to next.
Leading the pack of 2022’s Emmy-nominated shows, the third season of Succession earned a record-breaking 25 nods, in addition to the most acting nominations for a drama series in a single year, according to Variety. Actors Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, J. Smith Cameron, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Mcfayden all earned nominations in their respective categories. Although, Mcfayden was the only one of the lot to come out victorious. Of course, if you’re curious how much each actor was paid per episode, well, you can check out those figures here. The show was officially renewed for a fourth season back in October 2021.
After a shocking season three finale and a second stint as Best Drama, it’s safe to say that season four of Succession couldn’t be any more hotly anticipated. What horrifying zingers will be dished out next? Who will form an alliance against whom? What the hell are Tom and Cousin Greg really up to? If season three taught us anything, it’s that everyone is human, even the .001 percent. Could a newfound unity among the siblings hold, and keep them from conspiring against one another? It’s unlikely—and certainly not as entertaining.To echo Greg, what are these people going to do with souls anyway?
Here’s everything we know about season four of Succession so far and what you need to know before tuning in.
Succession Season 4 Release Date
HBO has officially confirmed that Succession season four will return on March 26, 2023. According to the Emmy Award rules, for any program to be eligible, it must air in its entirety between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. Luckily, this means Succession will be released just in time to be considered. This upcoming season will consist of 10 episodes, which is one more than season three but the same as seasons one and two.
Succession Season 4 Cast: Who’s Returning?
Viewers can expect most, if not all, of the Succession cast to return. The series regulars confirmed for season four include Logan Roy (Brian Cox), Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan Roy (Sarah Snook), Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Conor Roy (Alan Ruck), Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen), Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun) and Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron).
Additional characters including Frank Vernon (Peter Friedman), Karl Muller (David Rasche), Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens), Marcia Roy (Hiam Abbass), Willa Ferreyra (Justine Lupe), Colin (Scott Nicholson), Kerry Castellabate (Zoë Winters) and Cyd Peach (Jeannie Berlin) will also be back. Actress Sanaa Lathan, however, who played Kendall’s attorney Lisa Arthur, recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she will not be returning.
Last season, Alexander Skarsgård joined the ensemble as tech founder and CEO Lukas Matsson. Adrien Brody and Hope Davis were also introduced; however, only Skarsgård and Davis have been confirmed for season four. Given that the show dominated the guest actor categories at this year’s Emmys, don’t be surprised to see more A-list cameos and guest stars. More recently, HBO announced the return of Waystar’s PR exec Karolina Novotney (Dagmara Domińczyk), in addition to Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed), Kendall’s assistant Jess Jorden (Juliana Canfield), Naomi Pierce (Annabelle Dexter-Jones) and Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones).
Succession Season 4 Story: What Will Happen?
Chances are the toxic family angst isn’t going anywhere. Roys will be Roys, after all. However, for the first time, Kendall, Roman and Shiv appear as a shockingly united front bent on retaining their power after the impending sale of Waystar to Matsson. At least, that’s what season three’s finale, “All the Bells Say,” led us to believe.
If you recall, in the last 15 minutes of the episode, we saw the siblings set their rivalry aside and band together to blindside Logan and block the supermajority vote needed for the sale. Feelings of shock and awe soon took over when the younger Roys learned that they’d been beaten to the punch, this time at the hands of their own mother no less. In the biggest power move (and betrayal) of the season, Tom appears to solidify his position at Waystar and prove his loyalty as Logan’s son-in-law by tipping the patriarch off.
Looking ahead, producer Scott Ferguson confirmed in an interview with Variety that the Roys will be traveling to the mountains of Norway—Matsson’s home country—for a “family gathering.” Sounds ominous. Kendall, however, is expected to continue on a path of destruction. Despite having confessed his sins, he now has to live with the choice he’s made. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Strong said that Kendall’s in “some fresh hell, as you can imagine” for season four. Cox, Strong and Braun were also just spotted in New York filming what appeared to be a funeral scene. Although, no word on who’s getting killed off.
The official logline reads: “The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”
The Succession Season 4 Trailer: The ‘Rebel Alliance’ vs. Santa the Hitman
In a trailer for Succession season four, we’re given a first glimpse at what’s transpired post-backstab. The clip shows the Roy siblings standing strong in their newly formed rebel alliance against their dad, and bringing a few others into the mix. (We’re looking at you, Sandy and Stewie.) “Excited to get into this knife fight?” Shiv asks. Meanwhile, the patriarch approaches Roman for his help working out a deal with Matsson despite the kids attempt to reclaim their power. In another scene, Logan is caught “moseying” around the ATN newsroom. “It’s like if Santa Clause was a hitman,” Greg says. By the end, his employees, Greg included, are all chanting his name. You can check out the full video below.
Understandably there are big questions looming over season four. Such as what does the future hold for Waystar? Which offspring, if any, will get their shot at the throne? Does Shiv know what Tom did—and did he really do it? And where the hell is Connor in all of this? Well, according to a photo taken at an undisclosed filming location, the eldest Roy sibling looks to be headed for wedded bliss. The shot shows the names “Willa Ferreyra” and “Connor Roy” plastered on a glittery banner, accompanied by black and white images of the couple plastered on a marina. And based on a brief clip in the teaser, it looks as if these two will actually make it down the aisle.
As for everybody’s favorite character, Cousin Greg, Braun recently told Deadline that in season four, “Greg shifts into another gear. He and Tom have a new frequency.” Well, we can’t wait to see how that plays out. It should provide plenty of “good memeage,” at least. He also recently described the next installment of Succession as an “absolute banger.”
Will There Be a Season 5 of Succession?
We hate to say it but, no. While there was speculation that Succession could go on to see five seasons, Armstrong confirmed in an interview with The New Yorker that season four will be the show’s last. When it came to how he decided to end the series, the creator said: “You know, 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 2, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?”
Later on, Armstrong explained why wrapping Succession after five years, while hard, was ultimately the right call. “It’s been a difficult decision, because the collaborations—with the cast, with my fellow writers, with Nick Britell and Mark Mylod and the other directors—they’ve just been so good,” he said. “And I feel like I’ve done the best work I can do, working with them. And HBO has been generous and would probably have done more seasons, and they have been nice about saying, it’s your decision. That’s nice, but it’s also a responsibility in the end—it feels quite perverse to stop doing it.”
If you’re wondering what the odds are of getting a spin-off, the chances of seeing the Roy family reemerge down the pipeline are slim. However, the showrunner hinted that “maybe there’s something else that could be done.” What that “something” is, we’ll have to wait and see.
Since Armstrong’s announcement, several cast members have gone on to share how they’re coping with the news. Most recently, Snook revealed that she didn’t learn that show was ending until the final table read and she “felt a huge sense of loss, disappointment, and sadness.” Meanwhile, Strong told GQthat the final season “will feel like a death, in a way.”
Where to Watch Succession Season 4
Once season four of Succession premieres, the only place to stream it will be on HBO Max. Although, you’ll need to be a subscriber. The platform offers two different plans—one with ads for $9.99 per month and one without for $14.99 per month. If you’re willing to cough up a little extra, the ad-free version also lets you download shows and movies on the go, and streams in 4K UHD. In the meantime, you can catch up on seasons one, two and three of Succession before it returns to TV screens this spring.