Season 2 of Succession already feels as if it debuted decades ago, and yet now that season 3 is upon us, we’re already eager to learn the future of the critically adored HBO drama. Although the production itself was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the fictional Roy family wasn’t held back much by quarantine—chiefly because they’re a bunch of mega-wealthy folks who have no ethical qualms with bending the rules. Actress Sarah Snook confirmed that the virus wouldn’t have much to do with season 3 in an interview with Vulture.
“These are really wealthy people,” said Snook. “And unfortunately, none of the world’s really wealthy people were going to be affected by the pandemic.”
That doesn’t mean there aren’t other types of fallout. Kendall Roy ended season 2 by throwing his father under the bus after seemingly giving up on his desperate need for daddy’s approval. Kendall was supposed to be Waystar Royco’s valiant martyr, but matters took a sharp turn when he stepped up to the mic in the season 2 finale.
“The truth is that my father is a malignant presence, a bully and a liar, and he was fully personally aware of these events for many years,” he announces. “My father keeps a watchful eye over every inch of his whole empire, and the notion that he would have allowed millions of dollars in settlements and compensation to be paid without his explicit approval is utterly fanciful.”
He concludes, “I think this is the day his reign ends.”
The new season premieres October 18, 2021, but if you’re already concerned about where the Roys end up in 2022 and beyond, there’s some good news. It sounds like we will be getting at least one more chapter of the HBO hit. Writer and executive producer Georgia Pritchett was interviewed by U.K. newspaper The Times, where she said there could be as many as five seasons because showrunner Jesse Armstrong has “a good end in sight.”
“I think the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four,” said Pritchett.
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