HBO’s Succession will conclude in Season 4, as confirmed by showrunner Jesse Armstrong. The show has been one of the best things that have come out of HBO for the past years.
The series focuses on the wealthy Roy family, who owns a media entertainment conglomerate. Each family member is trying to get what they want as the father’s health seems to be uncertain. It’s a black comedy drama that is a must-watch. Rolling Stone even called it one of the best shows of all time, ranking at number 11.
Succession has received a lot of positive reviews across the board. It has impressed critics and audiences alike from season one to season three.
While hearing about season four being its final season was a surprise to us, it was expected that it would end sometime. And so far, the show’s creator wants to finish it with a bang instead of just keeping it going.
HBO Max’s Succession Season 4 Ends The Series
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Jesse Armstrong said the end of Succession has been the plan since season 2. The only question was when:
You know, there’s a promise in the title of “Succession.” I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From Season 2, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?
Armstrong and his other co-writers did discuss other possibilities, with the prospect of extending the show. But in the end, the showrunner decided to end on a strong note.
And that was definitely always my preference. I went into the writing room for Season 4 sort of saying, “I think this is what we’re doing, but let’s also keep it open.” I like operating the writing room by coming in with a sort of proposition, and then being genuinely open to alternative ways of going.
And the decision to end solidified through the writing and even when we started filming: I said to the cast, “I’m not a hundred percent sure, but I think this is it.” Because I didn’t want to bullshit them, either.
There is a chance that the show could have a spin-off if there is a demand for it. But for Succession, it is truly at an end.
I do think that this succession story that we were telling is complete. This is the muscular season to exhaust all our reserves of interest, and I think there’s some pain in all these characters that’s really strong. But the feeling that there could be something else in an allied world, or allied characters, or some of the same characters—that’s also strong in me.
I have a caveat at the end of the show, when I’ve talked to some of my collaborators, like: Maybe there’s another part of this world we could come back to, if there was an appetite? Maybe there’s something else that could be done, that harnessed what’s been good about the way we’ve worked on this. So that is another true feeling.
Succession Ends on Season 4
Succession ends on Jesse Armstrong’s own terms. Actually, HBO would have given him more seasons if he wanted to. He said:
HBO has been generous and would probably have done more seasons, and they have been nice about saying, It’s your decision.
So many shows are being cancelled so suddenly, like Westworld, Raised by Wolves, Time Traveler’s Wife, and so much more. A lot of them ended with cliffhangers with hopes that they might continue. It’s good to hear that Succession would end just the way the showrunner wanted it to.
Will we see the Roy family again? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, the show ends on a high note that we can’t wait to see. Succession returns on March 26, 2023, on HBO.
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