In some elements, Succession is a typical series of the last few decades: toxic familiar universe, flawed characters, deep dramas and suffocating atmosphere. And what happens? We are addicts. Award-winning, with iconic performances (wow, legendary and iconic became common adjectives, but in this case they apply) is about to debut its 4th season, after an unexpected conclusion in the 3rd. If you’re a fan, get ready: it’s the final season. That’s right, today at The New Yorker showrunner Jesse Armstrong confirmed the sad news.
“I never thought it could last forever. The end was always on my mind. Since the second season, I’ve been trying to think: is it next, or is it next, or is it next? “We created several scenarios: we could do a few short seasons or two more seasons. Or we could go on for a long time and turn the show into something quite different, and be a looser, looser kind of fun show where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we can do something a little more muscular and full, and come out kind of strong. And that has definitely always been my preference,” he explained.
And it comes at a time when – we’ll come back to this on the blog – the “wave of cancellations” and content revision is at its peak, but it’s neither motivated nor provoked by it, as he makes clear. “HBO has been generous and probably would have done more seasons, and they were nice to say, it’s your call. That’s good, but it’s also a responsibility,” the showrunner clarified before explaining. “I think this succession story we were telling is complete.”
We can disagree because the fight between the Roys for succession in the family business remains fierce. After spending 3 seasons fighting each other, siblings Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) unite against Logan (Brian Cox), but once again the patriarch turns the tables and essentially eliminates them. of any decision making for Waystar Royco. He achieved this with the change of heart of Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s husband and now in a greater position of power in the family business.
In this final stage deals are led by Logan’s deal with Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) and GoJo. Tom is still dealing with the possibility of going to prison and now he will have to deal with a Shiv aware of what he has done. How will Kendall be now that she has shared her demons with her brothers? Who will effectively succeed Roy?
“I’m interested in how that succession intersects with power. And that’s why the British monarchy seems fundamentally comic to me more than anything else. Not that it doesn’t have a lot of cultural power and isn’t a huge part of the national psyche. But because if I ever took the sword out of its scabbard, it would probably be made out of vanilla sponge cake,” says Jesse Armstrong in the same interview. That is… books, interviews, reality shows? Succession will be the series to follow. Because when it goes off the air, it will be missed. The return is March 26th.