Succession creator reveals show is ending with season 4: 'I’ve never thought this could go on forever'

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24 Feb 2023, 07:56

The cast of Succession walk down a hallway.

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Ahead of the upcoming new season of Succession, its creator and showrunner, Jesse Armstrong, has spoken about when the hit satirical comedy-drama will come to an end.

We are about to dive into the fourth season next month and, despite previous suggestions that the hit HBO/Sky show will conclude with a fifth season, Armstrong has now confirmed that, actually, the upcoming fourth season will indeed be the last. 

The series has gripped viewers with its family civil war between a media mogul and his kids regarding his legacy, and in an interview with The New Yorker, its creator said: “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 two, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?”

Armstrong - who also co-created Peep Show and Fresh Meat - explained that while Succession could “do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons” or “go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different”, he said that his preference has always been to “do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong.”

Whilst the showrunner said he proposed the latter to the writing room, he was “open to alternative ways of going”. However, the idea of ending was also presented to the cast when they started shooting season four. “I said to the cast, ‘I’m not a hundred percent sure, but I think this is it',” he explained. 

HBO has now confirmed that the fourth season - which starts in March - will indeed be the last in the series.

“It feels quite perverse to stop doing it,” Armstrong admitted to The New Yorker.

Season four will follow on from the very dramatic conclusion to season three, in which Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) told the family patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) about his offspring’s plot against him. This very much gave Logan the upper hand in his attempt to sanction the sale of Waystar Royco to Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). It also left Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) in a perilous position.

Succession will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK from 27th March.