As Logan Roy might say, it's about fucking time. Succession season 2 drew to a close (with Logan's knowing grin) in October 2019. Since then, fans have been deprived of the critically acclaimed HBO series that follows the Roy family's Machiavellian power moves and brotherly (and sisterly) backstabbing as they vie for their father's
love business. But after an extended hiatus due to COVID-19, Succession has been spotted filming for the past few months all over New York City (from the Plaza Hotel to Hudson Yards) as well as East Hampton and even Virginia. And now, our favorite dysfunctional family has gone international, with crew revealing they had all headed to Italy for the tail-end of the season. From release date to plot, here's everything we know so far about Succession season 3.
Where did season 2 of Succession leave off?
Succession season 2 ended with Kendall Roy throwing a bombshell on his father's dynasty, naming Logan Roy as "a malignant presence, a bully and a liar." 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. Roman Roy also ascended to COO of the company, while Cousin Greg drew his battle lines, appearing alongside Kendall clutching those ever-incriminating emails.
What's going to happen in season 3?
In a statement, HBO teased that season three would be a guns-blazing battle between the Roys. "Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of Season 2, Logan Roy begins Season 3 in a perilous position," the official synopsis reads. "Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war."
For any more details, 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." The actor also said in an interview last summer that the season would have just eight episodes instead of the usual 10.
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 Succession season 3 premiere?
HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys told Deadline that, barring any issues due to COVID, season 3 would likely drop in the "fourth quarter of 2021." And during the 2020 Emmys, Nicholas Braun definitively said the show would be back "next year." HBO announced in March 2020 that preproduction had been delayed due to the pandemic.
Is there a trailer for Succession season 3?
First there was this HBO Max teaser that simply confirmed that yes, Succession is coming before 2022.
In June, HBO further teased fans by releasing exactly three seconds of new footage hidden in an ad for HBO Max.
While it's very little to go on, we do see a rarity: a smiling Kendall Roy. The clip also shows Logan Roy yelling, "It's war!"—fitting based on the descriptions of the season thus far. Watch the exhilarating isolated clip:
Then, finally, came a glorious minute-plus teaser for the season. In the new footage, we see Logan yelling (what's new?), Kendall giving zero fucks, Shiv making power moves, the FBI raiding Waystar Royco, and Cousin Greg, unsurprisingly, being set up as the fall guy for Kendall's decisions in season 2. And let's not forget, perhaps the best part of the trailer: Tom screaming at Greg, "Logan is going to fire a million poisonous spiders down your dicky."
Ultimately, the trailer shows us the battle lines being drawn, as each Roy family member is forced to choose sides no matter the casualties. Let the fun begin!
Who will be in season 3?
All of the show's key players—Brian Cox as dastardly patriarch Logan Roy; Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy; and Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen as troubled newlyweds Shiv Roy and Tom Wambsgans—have been spotted filming, so it's safe to assume the cast will remain largely intact. Cox, in particular, teased Kieran Culkin's return as his youngest son: "I’m fascinated to see how young Roman comes into play. He showed his mettle at the end of season two. I think he's the hidden gun under the table," Cox told Deadline.
Big things also seem to be coming for Braun as fan-favorite Cousin Greg. The actor posted a photo of himself, clad in a Kendall Roy-esque suit posing in front of a Waystar Royco logo, to Instagram. He captioned it seemingly with a major spoiler, writing, "I am an employee of this company, and that’s about all I can say about that!" How very Greg of him.
Season 3 is also adding some bold-faced names to its roster. Oscar winner Adrien Brody has been tapped to play Josh Aaronson "a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar," per Variety. The outlet also reports that Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård is joining the cast as Lukas Matsson, "a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO."
Sanaa Lathan, best known for her role in Love & Basketball, revealed on Instagram that she is also filming for the show. Deadline confirmed the news, explaining Lathan will have a recurring role in Succession's third season as "Lisa Arthur, a high profile well-connected New York lawyer." The outlet added that Korean pop star Jihae Kim will be featured as Berry Schneider, "a leading Public Relations consultant" while Linda Emond is joining the cast as senior White House aide Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven. Hope Davis has also been cast as Sandi Furness, the daughter of Sandy Furness—Logan Roy's longtime rival, played by Larry Pine—for a multi-episode arc.
Cathy Yan is slated to direct at least one episode of the season. Yan announced the news on Twitter writing, "V happy to be working on my favorite show." And Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria seems to be involved as well, posting a photo from set to Instagram, captioned "family time w/ the Roys."
Will there be a season 4 of Succession?
Perhaps it's best not knowing this information—according to writer and executive producer Georgia Pritchett there will be a fourth season of Succession but that may be the show's final. Speaking with U.K. newspaper The Times, Pritchett revealed, "I think the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four." She continued, teasing that showrunner Jesse Armstrong and the creative team has "a good end in sight."