Succession showrunner shuts down spin-off rumours
Succession returns in trailer for final season of HBO drama
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The return of HBO’s award-winning family epic, Succession, is one of the most highly-anticipated TV events of the year, with season four set to kick off this Sunday. After season three’s jaw-dropping finale nearly two years ago, millions of fans are desperate to see more of Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox) and his bickering descendants, but Jesse Armstrong has sadly confirmed the fourth outing will be their last.
Succession’s creator has officially shut down speculation about possible spin-offs centred on Logan’s progeny.
Joining the ruthless media mogul in the series are his sons Connor (Alan Ruck), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) and only daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook).
At the end of season three, a planned coup was derailed after Shiv’s husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) tipped Logan off, leaving them with seemingly no hope of ever controlling Waystar Royco.
While season four will bring the Roys’ civil war to an end, some fans have suggested the younger cast could form the basis for their own spin-off.
Unfortunately, Armstrong admitted: “I think it would be a fun parlour game that I would do with my pals.
“But I wouldn’t say it publicly, as it might get misconstrued.”
Although the showrunner is keen to work with the cast again on future projects, the end of Succession is as cut and dry as possible with both the showrunner and main cast all ducking out.
“I’d write for all of them, but I don’t think any of them are ripe for an actual TV spinoff,” he told Deadline at the season four premiere.
Succession’s conclusion came as a surprise to some fans, as season four was only confirmed to be the show’s last in February 2023.
It even shocked main cast member Snook, who admitted she didn’t know the series was ending until their final table read.
Explaining his decision to end the acclaimed drama, Armstrong said the idea of taking the series any further than season four “didn’t feel right”.
“The biggest challenge once we decided this was it, then you’re writing toward an endpoint, and therefore most of those challenges have gone,” he continued.
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“You have to try to make things feel true and satisfying, and you do start running out of road. Not every story runs at the same pace.”
Even so, ending Succession with season four could create mixed feelings amongst the fanbase, especially as it was confirmed just a month before the series returns.
Snook, who recently showed off her new baby bump at the season four premiere, admitted “I was very upset” when she found out the show was ending.
“I felt a huge sense of loss, disappointment, sadness,” she told the LA Times.
“It would’ve been nice to know at the beginning of the season, but I also understand not being told until the end because there was still a potential that maybe this wasn’t going to be the end.”
“Emotionally, all of us weren’t necessarily ready to be done with the show because we love each other so much.
“But everything has to come to an end, and it’s smart not to let something become a parody of itself.”
With 13 Emmy awards and more than three times the number of nominations, under its belt, Succession’s fourth season is building up to be an epic and satisfying conclusion to one of the best TV dramas of recent years.
Succession season 4 premieres Sunday, March 26 on HBO in the USA and the following Monday on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.
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