HBO's Succession Is Ending After Season 4, Spin-Offs Unlikely
"I've never thought this could go on forever," series creator Jesse Armstrong says.
As one HBO series, The Last of Us, heats up, another one of the network's popular shows is coming to a close. Succession, a TV drama about very rich people and their very first-world problems, will end after its upcoming fourth season, which premieres in March.
Series creator Jesse Armstrong revealed the news to The New Yorker, saying he wanted to tell fans ahead of time the show was ending so it could be a satisfying conclusion.
"I feel a responsibility to the viewership, and I personally wouldn't like the feeling of, 'Oh, that's it, guys. That was the end.' I wouldn't like that in a show. I think I would like to know it is coming to an end," Armstrong said (via Deadline). "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?"
Succession Season 4 debuts March 26, and the story picks up with the Roy family business Waystar Royco, potentially getting sold to a tech wizard played by Alexander Skarsgard. The Roy family is divided about this, and it looks like Season 4 will be a dramatic conclusion.
Brian Cox plays family patriarch Logan Roy, and his children--Siobhan, Roman, and Kendall--are portrayed by Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Jeremy Strong, respectively.
Succession is ending, but could the series get a spin-off, like Game of Thrones did with House of the Dragon? Don't bet on it, according to HBO programming boss Casey Bloys.
"I don't think so," Bloys told Variety. "I always say 'never say never.' When we started talking about doing a Thrones prequel that was something that HBO had historically never done. I had some people internally saying, 'This is crazy. What are you doing?' That said, I think that there's something about the universe that [George R.R. Martin] created that lent itself to [spin-offs]. There's a huge history, a lot of different families, a lot of different wars and battles. It doesn't seem to me that there's something in Succession where you would go, 'Let's follow just this kid' or whatever. It doesn't seem like a natural thing to me. But if [creator Jesse Armstrong] said I want to do this, then I would follow Jesse's lead."
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