release date, plot, cast and everything we know
If you’re not caught up on the Succession finale yet, then don’t worry. It’s very quietly become the best show on TV – so you’re not the only tellyhead to have missed out. Set in big city America, the HBO drama follows billionaire Logan Roy as he pits his children against one another with a view to naming the successor to his business empire.
We’ve been glued to the gripping family saga for two whole series now, from season one’s slow-burning ancestral battles to the latest legal catastrophe in last week’s season two finale. The only thing more exciting than the most recent storyline is what could happen in season three. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming episodes so far.
When will Succession season 3 be released?
Commissioning network HBO gave season three the green light last August, before season two had even finished airing. It was initially set to return sometime this year, but the show will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brian Cox confirmed filming had been suspended in an interview with The Scotsman. “We’re just on hold,” the actor said. “We will resume as soon as it is safe to, because the show is very popular.
In September Variety reported that filming was planned to finally start in late autumn, though Cox has since suggested that production would not begin until November at the earliest, and could even be pushed back into 2021.
“We have to be careful due to the obvious (COVID),” he told The Big Issue. “HBO wants to protect that show because it’s a key show for them. People have been really been watching it quite obsessively, sometimes two or three times over. So they’re very protective of us and we have to get all the protocols right.
“We’ve got our own medical department dealing with the COVID thing. We’ll get going, but not until maybe November at the soonest, maybe even not until the beginning of next year.”
But on November 6, Alan Ruck, who plays Connor Roy, confirmed that season 3 will start filming this month. “We’re going to start in New York right around the middle of November,” the actor said on the latest episode of People TV’s Couch Surfing.
In a new interview with Deadline, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys says that, without any additional COVID-related delays, he hopes the show will return towards the end of 2021.
“But that would mean we don’t get hit with any Covid delays,” he said of the prospective plan. “A lot of that will depend on how the vaccine rolls out, how much a factor Covid is. It’s still very much a real thing in production at the moment, hopefully it gets easier to deal with. It’s hard to predict right now.”
What’s going to happen in Succession season 3?
Last year’s finale was perhaps the most thrilling hour of television in 2019, including the long-awaited final episode of Game Of Thrones. Backed by loyal Cousin Greg, heir apparent Kendall Roy ripped up his prepared statement and unmasked a decades-long cover-up live on national television. His father’s legacy was left in tatters.
So what now? Should he prepare to feel Logan’s wrath – or is this the proof Chairman Roy needs to finally name his successor? You’ll have to wait and see.
Other plot lines to be tied up include Roman’s potential partnership with Gerri, Shiv and Tom’s failing marriage and Connor’s presumed-dead-on-arrival presidential campaign. In summary, there’s a great deal for the scriptwriters of Succession season three to think about…
Brian Cox, who plays patriarch Logan Roy in the show, shared an update on potential storylines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with The Scotsman, the actor confirmed season three is written in full.
“Season three is all ready to go, but we have to get our various people from around the globe and work out locations,” Cox said. “Interestingly enough, there’s also whether we acknowledge Covid-19 in the next series. There’s a lot of ifs and buts, but we will be going on.”
According to a new report in Variety, the new season is looking to “start shooting” in December before Christmas, according to showrunner and creator Jesse Armstrong.
Armstrong stressed the plans are still “just conversations,” describing the current situation with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as “tough.”
“Who knows if that’ll come about, but that’s the plan at the moment,” Armstrong told Variety.
How many seasons of Succession will there be?
At the moment, we can only say with certainty that there will be three full-length seasons of Succession. However, bar a total drop off in viewer ratings, it’s safe to assume we’ll be here for at least a few more outings with the Roys.
Which cast members will return in Succession season 3?
Like any drama, Succession lives and dies on its core characters. The show stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, with Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen and J. Smith-Cameron rounding out the primary cast.
On January 14, 2021, it was confirmed that Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond and Jihae Join had joined the cast for the new season.
Lathan, known for starring in films such as Brown Sugar, Now You See Me 2 and Alien Vs. Predator, will play Lisa Arthur, a high profile well-connected New York lawyer.
Three-time Tony nominee Emond, whose recent television work includes a series regular role on Lodge 49 and recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Law and Order: SVU and The Good Wife, will take on the role of Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, a senior White House aide.
Jihae, who recently appeared in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines, will star as Berry Schneider, a leading Public Relations consultant.
What are the cast getting paid?
The cast has apparently received massive pay rises in order to return for season 3.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that ahead of the third season, all cast members renegotiated their fees separately.
The actors – including Matthew Macfadyen, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, and Nicholas Braun – also landed pay rises from their initial contracts which earned them under $100,000 (£80,900) an episode.
Now are set to get $300,000-$350,000 (£242,000-283,000) mark per episode.
Is there a trailer yet?
Nope. But there was a GIF posted on the official HBO Twitter account to announce the renewal for season three. #TeamGreg4Eva.
— HBO (@HBO) August 20, 2019
Succession season three is set for release in 2021