'Succession' Season 3: Everything You Need to Know About the Long-Awaited Return

Laura Martin
·6-min read
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Photo credit: HBO

From Esquire

We waited. We waited patiently, through a global pandemic, for any sign of life at Waystar Royco once again. And in November, we had our first positive sign that the Logan dynasty were ready to snap back into action; ready to destroy the lives of themselves, their immediate family, colleagues, friends and just about any bystander close enough to be sucked into their dark and double-dealing vortex.

The Twitter account Film Updates might have only posted a picture of the back of Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy) with the caption: “Jeremy Strong spotted in New York where filming for the third season of Succession is currently underway” but it sent the internet alight.

Kendall swapping his fusty corporate media mogul gear for a shit-coloured trackie? Wearing a face mask? Carrying a black bin bag? What does it all mean??

While there’s scant information to go on right now, at least we know the show is getting one step close to our TVs once again. While we wait for further signs of the power players of late capitalism gone wrong, here’s everything we know so far about season three of Succession:

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Photo credit: HBO

'Succession' season 3 release date

We’ve probably still got a bit of a wait, as filming is still taking place. Initially, pre-Covid, the plans were to start shooting in April, but then obviously things went a bit... awry.

The show’s creator, Jesse Armstrong, said that despite all the downtime of the year, it hasn’t been that fruitful for him. He told Variety: “We are letting the work expand to fill the acres of time we’ve suddenly found. I’m probably making no more progress than if I’d had six weeks instead of the six months that we’ve had”. Don’t beat yourself up, Jesse – it was an achievement for us if we even made it up from the sofa to make a sandwich for lunch, honestly.

Depending on how filming goes, we predict season 3 might be ready to air around late spring/early summer 2021.

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What’s going to happen in the new series?

What a cliffhanger to leave us on for OVER A YEAR. To get you up to speed: Waystar Royco was very publicly going down, thanks to the dodgy dealings over at Tom’s theme park and cruise department, and Logan (Brian Cox) wanted a blood sacrifice. His choice? Meat puppet Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) - but then Shiv (Sarah Snooks) begged Logan to save her husband (and their floundering marriage). He moves on to Kendall, who owed him his literal life after daddy managed to make the whole accidentally-murdering-a-bartender thing go away.

Kendall was goaded by his dad that he had “no killer instinct”, then was pushed into a press conference. Just as we all thought he was going to roll over for Logan, he dropped the bomb. Branding his father “a malignant presence, a bully and a liar”, we then saw Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) on the sidelines, clutching those incriminating emails that he swore he’d burned with Tom (Matthew McFadyen). He’s the outside contender for the eponymous succession, in our eyes.

You might have missed a couple of beats in the season two finale: Logan smiling when Kendall did his mic-drop announcement, which seems to suggest that the patriarch finally realised Kenny was as vindictive as he needed to be as a CEO - and the rightful heir to the company? More importantly, what’s his retaliation going to be?

Secondly, still shell-shocked from being held hostage in the Middle East, Roman (Kieran Culkin) was casually announced as the COO of the company. How will this shift the family dynamics, and more importantly, will he bring on Gerri (J. Smith Cameron) as the mole woman to his rock star?

While (obviously) no plot details have been revealed just yet, Brian Cox revealed that the new scripts are literally fall-off-your-chair fantastic with more killer twists. He told The Hollywood Reporter: "I nearly fell off my chair because he [Armstrong] never tells you about the next series. We never knew from episode to episode what was going to happen. But then he told me. And it's jolly thrilling. That's all I can say."

Cox then added to Deadline that with Shiv and Kendall being the focus of series one and two, the youngest sibling could be the main feature of the next adventures: “I’m fascinated to see how young Roman comes into play. He showed his mettle at the end of season 2. I think he’s the hidden gun under the table.”

Sadly, we’re yet to still confirm any further rap performances by Kendall. R to the I to the P to his hip-hop career.

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Photo credit: HBO

Who’s starring in it?

We’ve thankfully got most of the key players returning, and three of the minor characters have just been confirmed as series regulars. Give a warm welcome to failed playwright Willa Ferreyra (played by Justine Lupe), shady chief financial officer Karl Muller (David Rasche) and Waystar Royco’s senior comms exec, Fisher Stevens (Hugo Baker).

Will they reference Coronavirus in the new series?

It would be difficult not to - even though as the monied elite, the pandemic will have barely bothered the dynasty living in their bubbles in their millionaire mansions. Though we could definitely see Tom being pushed out to join the singing tone-deaf celebs on that cringeful Imagine video, in the name of the Roy dynasty PR.

Sarah Snook, who plays Shiv, told Variety that if Armstrong included it, “he wants to be delicate about it and classy”. She added: “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.”

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Will there be a Succession series 4?

Hold up - the opening sequence of series three hasn’t even aired. But Armstrong has revealed that, like all iconic TV series, he knows when to quit and go out on a high.

"I think it's not the sort of show which should go on forever, because there's a question set up in the title of the show and I think it’s a question you eventually want answered," Armstrong told Entertainment Weekly.

"So, I wouldn't say that it should go on forever, but we certainly haven't run out of ideas when we've met in the writers' room so far." As Kendall might say: Dude be the O.G.

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