The third season of Succession left off with major familial betrayal, financial scheming and fresh pasta, all of which have only made us even hungrier for news of Succession season 4.
And while we still have a bit of a wait for the next season of the HBO hit and to find out what's going on with Roman and Gerri, Tom and Shiv and the rest of the WayStar Royco universe (or is it Waystar-GoJo now?), we do have some scoop about upcoming Succession filming locations (more European antics!), plot details and when we can expect the new episodes.
This is everything we know so far about Succession season 4 because we hear for you.
'Succession' season 4: what we know so far
First, the basics, a.k.a. the official HBO synopsis of Succession season 4: "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."
Thus, it's fitting that we'll be seeing much more of Lukas Matsson (played by Alexander Skarsgård) come season 4, including his homeland of Norway.
"We were really excited when Alexander came onboard—he’s a wonderful actor. And from the beginning, [showrunner Jesse Armstrong’s] idea was that the tech company was going to be led by someone from a Scandinavian country," producer Scott Ferguson told Variety (opens in new tab). "In the writer’s room, around February, Jesse had an idea for an episode they wanted to be in [Matsson’s] part of the world."
Ferguson also revealed that cast members Nicholas Braun and Sarah Snook (who portray Succession characters Cousin Greg and Sioban Roy, respectively) joined Skarsgård in filming in western Norway. Are they going with GoJo? We'll have to watch to find out!
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When does 'Succession' season 4 start?
That drama-filled finale of Succession season 3 aired in December 2021 and production for the next season began six months later, with the show's official Instagram handle posting a picture to kick-off filming for the fourth season on June 27, 2022.
While an official release date has not been given for Succession season 4, a recent teaser trailer announced that the new episodes are coming in spring 2023. HBO also confirmed that the complete fourth season will air before the end of the 2023 Emmy eligibility window in May. We know that there will be ten episodes in season 4, so if we were to do the math, that would mean the new season would have to premiere sometime in January or February 2023.
Watch the 'Succession' season 4 teaser:
"Do you want to talk about what happened?" Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) asks his wife Shiv at the end of a new teaser trailer, which aired on Sunday, October 24. "What happened," of course, is Tom proverbially stabbing his spouse in the back and siding with her monster mogul of a father—you know, real cheery stuff.
"Here they are, the rebel alliance," Connor Roy says to his siblings Kendall, Shiv and Roman, suggesting that the Roy kids are indeed banding together against their dear old dad. Watch the new promo below:
Who is in the cast of 'Succession' season 4?
Succession boasts a huge and hugely talented cast—it broke the record for the most acting nominations in a single year, with 14 in 2022 and Jeremy Strong and Matthew Macfadyen winning in their categories—the majority of whom will happily be returning for season 4.
Here are the actors who have already been confirmed by HBO for the fourth season:
- Brian Cox (Logan Roy)
- Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy)
- Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy)
- Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy)
- Alan Ruck (Connor Roy)
- Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans)
- Nicholas Braun (Greg Hirsch)
- J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman)
- Alexander Skarsgård (Lukas Matsson)
- Justine Lupe (Willa Ferreyra)
- Arian Moayed (Stewy Hosseini)
- Peter Friedman (Frank Vernon)
- David Rasche (Karl Muller)
- Dagmara Domińczyk (Karolina Novotney)
- Zoë Winters (Kerry)
- Fisher Stevens (Hugo Baker)
- Hiam Abbass (Marcia Roy)
- Scott Nicholson (Colin)
- Jeannie Berlin (Cyd Peach)
- Hope Davis (Sandi Furness)
- Cherry Jones (Nan Pierce)
- Juliana Canfield (Jess Jordan)
- Annabelle Dexter-Jones (Naomi Pierce)
- Justin Kirk (Congressman Jeryd Mencken)
- Stephen Root (Ron Petkus)
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Will there be a 'Succession' season 5?
So, will this year's Emmy winner for Outstanding TV Drama get a fifth season? Even its star isn't sure.
“I don’t know [if there will be a fifth season]. No one’s had their contracts renewed,” Cox told The Times (opens in new tab). “Who knows how long it will go on?”
One thing Cox is sure of is he doesn't want to show to "drag on." “We don’t want it to overstay its welcome, like Billions,” Cox cheekily added. “That’s past its sell-by date. That will not happen with our show.”
Executive producer Georgia Pritchett concurred with Cox, telling The Times (opens in new tab) in 2021: “I think the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four...at this point [Jesse Armstrong] is saying only one more.”
Sarah Snook is hopeful for another season, saying on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter (opens in new tab) podcast: “I would love to see another season...It’s really hard when you do something and you feel like just getting going on the first season, second season okay, all right. I feel comfortable, confident. Pandemic. Then you start third season, you’re like okay, this feels like a new beginning in a way. You feel like you just started again. Then to begin the fourth season in that frame of mind feels like oh, I definitely need another one.”
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