Friday, April 19, 2024

Say It Ain’t So! “Succession” Will End With This Season Creator Jesse Armstrong Says in Interview


The story of the Roy family will end this spring with Season 4.

So says “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong to Rebecca Mead in the New York, online tonight.

HBO’s premier drama will run just 10 more episodes as the adult Roy children try finally to succeed their father in business.

It’s interesting that Armstrong made the announcement and not HBO, which understandably probably wanted a couple more seasons. “Succession” is their biggest hit drama since “The Sopranos.”

Armstrong is very British about why it’s time to wind things up, but there is undoubtedly a money story lurking in the background. The new people at Warner Bros, aka Warner Discovery, are cancelling shows, laying off employees, and living with constant trouble at CNN. If the “Succession” cast needed to renegotiate pay, David Zaslav likely said “nah.” Just a feeling.

So what will happen to Shiv, Tom, Kendall, Roman, Connor, Cousin Greg et al? Will they beat the old man (Logan Roy played by Brian Cox)? Will Logan die? Will Brian Cox keep doing McDonald’s commercials? We’ll have to wait and see.

“Succession” in three seasons earned its stripes as as a psychological thriller, a mental chess game of the highest order, and the most- talkingest show of all time, beating “Moonlighting” and “Gilmore Girls.” You actually need captions and a Xanax at the end of each episode.

Ten episodes begin on March 26th. The finale will come in June. HBO will weep when this is over. But they always have something new up their sleeves!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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