HBO Just Canceled Its Best Series

HBO's popular series, Succession, will end after its fourth season.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Brian Cox’s Succession will come to an end with its fourth season on HBO. The news was revealed by series creator, Jesse Armstrong who told the New Yorker the decision wasn’t easy. “I went into the writing room for season four sort of saying, ‘I think this is what we’re doing, but let’s also keep it open,’” he told the publication. But the show’s fate was confirmed while filming Season 4.

“The decision to end [Succession] solidified when we started filming,’ Armstrong explained. He also told the cast that the end was in sight because he didn’t want to lie to them. The screenwriter, who won five Emmy Awards for his work on the satirical black comedy-drama, his partial uncertainty about the show could have been “a psychological trick” to stop being sad about ending something he enjoyed.

Although HBO declined to comment, the streamer has confirmed that the New Yorker story is accurate. Succession premiered on HBO in 2018. The story follows the Roy family, who owns a global media and entertainment conglomerate called Waystar RoyCo. When the health of family patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) starts to decline, his four children prepare for a future without their father.

They also start vying for prominence within the company. Succession stars Jeremy Strong as Kendall, Kieran Culkin as Roman, and Sarah Snook as Siobhan – Logan’s children employed by the company. Alan Ruck portrays Logan’s eldest child, Connor. Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, Hiam Abbass, Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, and Rob Yang also star.

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Dagmara Domińczyk, Arian Moayed, J. Smith-Cameron, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, and Fisher Stevens featured in recurring roles before being promoted to the main cast. Additional cast members on Succession include Alexander Skarsgard, Cherry Jones, Hope Davis, Justin Kirk, and Stephen Root. Armstrong serves as showrunner and executive producer.

Season 4 of Succession, which returns on March 26, will see the sale of media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo to tech visionary Lukas Matssonm move closer. This provokes angst and division among the Roys as they imagine their lives once the deal is complete. A power struggle ensues as the family pictures a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed, Variety reports.

The latest installment of Succession will see a few new faces join the cast. This includes Annabeth Gish, Adam Godley, Eili Harboe, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson. Since its premiere, the series has been hailed by critics for its writing, acting, musical score, and subject matter. Over the years, the series has received several accolades for its efforts.

This includes the British Academy Television Award for Best International Program, the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, and the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020 and 2022. Succession stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama. Sarah Snook won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in the same category.

Jeremy Strong and Matthew Macfadyen received Primetime Emmy Awards for their performances. And Succession creator, Jesse Armstrong, won three Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.