'Succession' Season 4: Everything We Know So Far

The Roys will be back for more backstabbing-filled fun.

succession
(Image credit: HBO)

Grab the Monopoly board and hide the dick pics (if you know, you know)—the Roys are returning for more backstabs and betrayal. From returning cast to trailers to when we might be able to expect the next season, this is everything we know about Succession season 4, which started filming in June of 2022.

First, HBO's summary of season four: "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."

'Succession' Season 3 Ending

The season 3 finale of Succession shocked viewers—and even the show’s cast—when Tom Wambsgans (and, by extension, Cousin Greg) backstabbed Shiv in an effort to get into Logan’s good graces. Tom’s decision helped Logan secure enough shares of Waystar Royco to sell the company to GoJo, leaving his three kids—who had finally come together to overthrow their dad—out in the cold. 

Per Deadline, the finale was watched by 1.7 million viewers, almost 50 percent more than the season 2 finale.

Renewal

Just a week after the season 3 premiere, HBO announced that Succession had been renewed for a fourth season. In a statement, Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, said, “With each season of Succession, Jesse Armstrong has continued to surpass our wildest expectations, pulling us deeper into the Roy family’s inner sanctum with indelible wit, humanity, and precision. This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead.”

Cast

Brian Cox and his four onscreen children will return for season four, along with stars Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Peter Friedman, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Justine Lupe, Scott Nicholson, Zoë Winters, and Jeannie Berlin. HBO has also confirmed that Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Hope Davis, Cherry Jones, Karolina Novotney, Alexander Skarsgård, Arian Moayed, Juliana Canfield, Justin Kirk, and Stephen Root will appear in season four.

Possible Release Date

There was a two-year gap between seasons 2 and 3 of Succession, but it’s unlikely fans will have to wait that long for more episodes since the lengthy hiatus was due to the pandemic. Star Brian Cox told GQ UK that the show was planning to start shooting again in June 2022, with writers heading back to work in January 2022. “I was surprised because I thought they'd be getting back in November. But I do think they need a break. I mean, I think that they do need space, because they've been working really hard on this [series],” Cox said. 

In June, HBO confirmed via Instagram that the fourth season had begun filming.

Plot

In an interview with Deadline, show creator Jesse Armstrong teased out some plot points for future episodes of the HBO drama, hinting that Tom’s decision may come back to bite him in the ass because Logan isn’t one to be loyal or trustworthy. (But Armstrong was largely tight-lipped, saying  there are plenty of writers' room discussions to be had before anything can be set in stone.)

And in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, actress Sarah Snook suggested that Shiv has "a lot of soul-searching to do," next season. "My mom's abandoned me. My dad's been revealed to be the devil, and my husband has signed a pact with him. So I've got nowhere to turn. And really, will I run to my brothers?...Where's the safest port?"

Armstrong also spoke to IndieWire about Greg's decision to side with Tom in the finale and how that may factor in his character development: "I think we’ve seen that Greg is not uninterested in wielding power and gaining capital. It’s just that he’s had quite small amounts of it in the past."

As Marie Claire’s Entertainment Director, Neha oversees and executes strategy for all editorial talent bookings and culture coverage across the brand's print and digital entities, including covers, celebrity profiles and features, social takeovers, and video franchises as well as handles talent relations for our flagship summit, Power Trip. She's passionate about elevating diverse voices and stories, loves a hot-take, and hates TV reboots. Her bylines have appeared on Glamour, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure, Teen Vogue, Brides, and Architectural Digest, and she is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.