As the third season begins to kick off in earnest, HBO announces it has officially renewed the critically-acclaimed drama Succession for season 4. Not that anyone is surprised. Like in the slightest. Created by the maestro that is Jesse Armstrong, calling Succession the best show on television right now – with the hardest opening theme by a country mile – is probably the least controversial statement anyone could make in 2021.
In addition to the countless Primetime Emmy Awards – and countless more nominations, Emmy-related and beyond – the numbers have made an extremely compelling case for Succession season 4. So compelling, in fact, it’d make Arian Moayed’s Stewy Hosseini tell every other character how hard his dick was after reading the audience charts.
The Waystar Royco family saga managed to draw over 1.4 million viewers across all platforms for the recent season 3 premiere, marking the best launch night performance of any original series since HBO Max was established. For reference, the nine-episode season returned after its two-year COVID-19 induced hiatus with a 13% increase in viewership since the season 2 premiere.
“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,” says Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming.
“This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead.”
While this is undoubtedly good news for fans of Logan Roy (portrayed by Brian Cox) and his “rotten cabal” of Waystar Royco goons and family members alike – i.e Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, Sarah Snook as Siobhan Roy, Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, Alan Ruck as Connor Roy, Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg, Matthew Macfayden as Tom Wambsgans, J Smith-Cameron as Gerri Kellman, Peter Friedman as Frank Vernon – Succession might conclude shortly after if not immediately. Earlier this year, executive producer Georgia Pritchett revealed there’s a strong possibility Jesse Armstrong intends to cap it off after season 5.
“I think the maximum would be five seasons… but possibly more like four,” Georgia Pritchett tells The Times.
“We’re at the end of filming [Succession] season 3, so at this point [showrunner Jesse Armstrong] is saying only one more.”
Pritchett later added there was a high possibility of another instalment post Succession season 4 regardless of Armstrong’s assertion, citing the common phenomenon wherein series creators walk back on doing one last season which apparently “happens every time.” The executive producer also teased a “good end in sight”, meaning we won’t be speculating about multiple interpretations (unlike other HBO properties).
Here’s to hoping.
Keep an eye out here for future Succession season 4 announcements – cast news, trailer, release date, etc.