As Logan Roy might say, it's about fucking time. It seems Succession is finally gearing up to start filming again, after an extended hiatus due to COVID-19. The highly-anticipated third season of the HBO series follows the successful first and second seasons about the dysfunctional Roy family's Machiavellian power moves and brotherly (and sisterly) backstabbing as they vie for their father's
love business. From release date to plot, here's everything we know so far about season 3 of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Succession.
Where did season 2 of Succession leave off?
Succession season 2 ended with Kendall Roy throwing a bombshell on his father's dynasty. The Number One Boy chose to betray media tycoon Logan Roy, who set up his son to take the fall for Waystar Royco's wrongdoings, throwing a major wrench into the patriarch's plans for his heirs.
What's going to happen in season 3?
You'd have to ask Brian Cox. In an interview with The Jess Cagle Show, the actor revealed that he's the only cast member to know what the new season holds.
"I nearly fell off my chair because [series creator Jesse Armstrong] never tells you about the next series. We never knew from episode to episode what was going to happen," Cox said per The Hollywood Reporter. "It's jolly thrilling. That's all I can say."
Cox added that due to pandemic safety protocols the new season would likely use more sets rather than shooting on the streets on NYC.
"Our problem with the show is it's a verity show because we shoot on the move and chronologically. But we now have to change in a way to be more controlled," he added.
Cox's costar Sarah Snook also spoke to Variety about the show, revealing if they would incorporate coronavirus into the upcoming season's storyline.
"I think [show creator] Jesse [Armstrong] wants to be delicate about it and just classy," she said. "I think it’s a thing that everybody’s aware of, and audiences are really intuitive these days. Even just seeing a mask in the background of something or hand sanitizer, those things that have become part of our daily lives, those things maybe, but nothing that is so overt that is going to really tackle it head on, because that’s not the show. We want to see the Roys doing the thing that they’ve been doing that we love, not pivoting towards a pandemic story."
When does season 3 premiere?
During the 2020 Emmys, Nicholas Braun definitively said the show would be back "next year." He also revealed they had yet to begin shooting any new material but that discussions had begun about picking things up again. HBO announced in March that preproduction had been delayed due to COVID-19. And in August, showrunner Jesse Armstrong told Variety he hoped they could begin shooting in New York sometime before Christmas. “Who knows if that’ll come about, but that’s the plan at the moment,” he said, adding no plans were concrete.
Who will be in season 3?
There's been no official confirmation, but it's fair to assume that all the key players will be back, including Brian Cox as dastardly patriarch Logan Roy; Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy; Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen as troubled newlyweds Shiv Roy and Tom Wambsgans; Kiernan Culkin as Roman Roy; and Braun as fan-favorite Cousin Greg.