After three full seasons of HBO’s Succession, we are now closer than ever before to answering the question at the heart of the series: which child will succeed Logan Roy on the throne to his media empire?
The answer, as of right now, is none of them. After Logan changed the terms of his divorce agreement in order to override the desires of his own children in the December 12 Season Three finale, it doesn’t appear that anything will stand in his way of doing what he wants with his company when we see each other again next year. But after a season of bitter sibling rivalries, it was quite nice to see Kendall, Shiv, and Roman all on the same team again, even if they’re getting screwed out of the company in the process. Perhaps this will be a turning point in which the Roy children finally decide to stop fighting about who will take over and just be rich instead? (Probably not.)
Instead, we can speculate about how they will fight to retain their power, what Alexander Skarsgård as Lukas Matsson's takeover would look like, and what that sneaky Tom’s role is in all this. (Because we all know Tom is working overtime behind-the-scenes with his own, and Greg’s, interests in mind. Get your bag, Tom! And stay out of jail!)
As far as Season Four goes, HBO has not yet set a date for Succession’s return, though the network greenlit the next run of episodes in October. "With each season of Succession, Jesse Armstrong has continued to surpass our wildest expectations, pulling us deeper into the Roy family’s inner sanctum with indelible wit, humanity, and precision," HBO’s executive vice president of programming Francesca Orsi said in a statement about the show’s renewal. "This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead."
On June 27, Variety announced that Season 4 has officially begun filming, and that the upcoming season will run for 10 episodes. Here's the official synopsis for the new season, per Variety: “In the 10-episode season four, 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.” Not a whole lot of new information in here, as it does not come as a shock that the power struggle continues.
The fourth season may very well be the show’s last, though. “I think the maximum would be five seasons but possibly more like four,” writer Georgia Pritchett told The Sunday Times in June 2021. “At this point [Armstrong] is saying only one more [season]. But that happens every time. We’ve got a good end in sight.”
Will Connor become President? Will Shiv and Tom have a baby? Will Greg become the next Prince of Luxembourg? Only time will tell.