Succession Season 5 Actually Happening With One Star Returning?

Kieran Culkin says he could’ve seen a “great” fifth season, but trusted the series creator, Jesse Armstrong, to make that final decision.

By Britta DeVore | Published


For almost a full four seasons, HBO has kept the family drama going in its fan-favorite series, Succession, but things will soon wrap up on the Roy family as the show is set to bow out on May 28. Over the last few years, we’ve watched Logan Roy (Brian Cox) dangle his media company, Waystar RoyCo over his family’s heads, never letting them know who would be in charge after he stepped down or passed away. While all good things must come to an end, series star Kieran Culkin recently told Variety that he could’ve seen a “great” fifth season, but trusted the series creator, Jesse Armstrong, to make that final decision.

Kieran Culkin

In his interview, Kieran Culkin begins to unpack his bittersweet feelings about the show coming to a close. The actor says that because filming had just recently ended and the cast and crew were now caught up in “a lot of press,” he hasn’t had the time to really sit down and take it all in. At the top of the season, Culkin reveals that Armstrong prepared the actor, who plays Logan’s son, Roman Roy, for what was shaping up to be the final installment of the drama. 

After breaking down what would happen over the next batch of episodes, Kieran Culkin said that he looked at Armstrong and said, “Well, that kind of sounds like the end,” to which the creator replied, “Well, it could be, but…” before giving Culkin an idea of where things could go. It would seem that just like the cast who have poured their all into these characters were unable to fully let go of the story of the Roy family, neither was Armstrong as Culkin reveals that at the table read for the series finale, he almost gave his word family hope for the future.

Hitting them with the brutal blow of confirming this would be the final episode, Kieran Culkin said that Armstrong began to backtrack, saying that there could still be “a way forward” but again taking that back and telling his peers that he didn’t want to take away their “goodbyes.” It’s been a very strong and critically celebrated run for Succession and Culkin says that he thinks another season would’ve been “great” but that he knows at the end of the day he could pour all of his “trust” into “Armstrong to make that call.”

Since premiering on HBO in 2018, Succession has been a fan-favorite series that has told the story of the Roy family – a not-so-tight-knit group all vying to take over the mega-business after their father steps down. In between moments of heavy drama, there’s also a comedic aspect to the show driven by dynamite performances that have landed the cast and production Emmys and Golden Globes. Along with Kieran Culkin, the series also stars the aforementioned Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ruck, Jeremy Strong, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman, and Rob Yang among others. 

As for life beyond the Roy company and Succession, Kieran Culkin is already getting his next line of projects in a row. On the big screen, the Igby Goes Down star will appear in Jesse Eisenberg’s A Real Pain while on the small screen, the actor will reprise his role along with fellow castmates including Brie Larson, Michael Cera, and Chris Evans in an animated version of the cult-classic Scott Pilgrim: The Anime. Catch the final moments of Succession on May 28.