Season three has been long awaited, as even the workings of Waystar RoyCo had to be halted during the Covid pandemic, but the wait is sure to be worth it.
Fans have waited over two years since their last helping of Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook, but it has now been confirmed that season three will hit the UK later this month.
Here’s everything you need to know about season three - and where to catch up on seasons one and two.
Succession season 3 release date
The third season of HBO drama Succession will be released on Monday 18 October on NOW TV in the UK, the morning after it is released in the States.
You can sign up for a membership to NOW TV’s Entertainment and Cinema trial for £9.99 for the first month, followed by a £5 monthly charge in subsequent months.
Seasons one and two are also available to watch on NOW TV.
Filming for the series was confirmed to have started in December 2020, when a journalist for The New Yorker saw production teams in her neighbourhood.
Succession season 3 cast
Fans will be thrilled to know that the main actors of Succession will return, as Brian Cox reprises the role of Logan, and Jeremy Strong as Kendall.
Also set to return are Sarah Snook (Shiv), Kieran Culkin (Roman), Alan Ruck (Connor), Matthew MacFadyen (Tom) and Nicholas Braun (Greg).
Willa and Gerri will also feature in season three, as J Smith Cameron and Justine Lupe were confirmed as among the credits.
The cast and series have collectively won over 25 awards - including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, a Golden Globe in 2020 for Cox as main actor and an Emmy in the same year for Jeremy Strong.
In total, the first two seasons have been nominated for over 50 awards.
It’s not just the same faces we can expect however, as seasoned Hollywood talent have also joined in the third season.
Sanaa Lathan (The Affair, Boss), is set to play Lisa Arthur, a “high profile well-connected New York lawyer”, while Linda Emond (Death of a Salesman, Cabaret) is rumoured to join the cast as senior White House aide Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven and South Korean singer and actress Jihae (Mortal Engines, Mars) plays a leading public relations consultant named Berry Schneider.
Deadline has also reported a number of returning guest stars, mainly Justine Lupe as Connor Roy’s girlfriend Willa Ferreyra, David Rasche as Waystar RoyCo’s chief financial officer Karl Muller and Hope Davis as Sandi Furness, the daughter of Logan Roy’s long-time rival Sandy Furness (Larry Pine).
Critically acclaimed Swedish actor and Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård is also set to star in season three, playing controversial tech founder and CEO Lukas Matsson, alongside Peaky Blinders actor Josh Aaronson, as a billionaire activist investor.
Succession season 3 plot and trailer
“I’m going to grind his bones to make my bread” - that’s exactly what fans can expect from the most explosive, dramatic and rivalrous season yet.
The official synopsis for series three reads: “Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.”
This season will pick up where season two ended, with Kendall attempting to sink his father in his own success, as he blames WayStar Royco’s sexual harassment scandal him at a press conference.
In the season three trailer, Kendall can be seen leaving WayStar Royco HQ, exclaiming: “The revolution will be televised!” as he declares a civil war among the Roy household and their loyal senior aids.
As the battle between Kendall and Logan turns nasty, it looks as though the loyalties of Shiv, Roman, Greg, Tom and Connor are tested. But Shiv will not play prisoner to Kendlal, as she tells him: “If I back you against dad, you would need to let me take over.”
Kendall warns his siblings: “He’s our dad, but he was going to send me to jail. He’d do the same to all of us,” but can the heir to the Waystar RoyCo throne be trusted or could anyone be thrown from the Waystar towers - the higher the rise the harder the fall.
Award-winning series writer Jesse Armstrong has not incorporated the realities of the last year and a half, as he “decided early on that the season’s finished scripts wouldn’t be rewritten to incorporate the ongoing pandemic”.
Sarah Snook added in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “Just for safety reasons, we’re going to have to look at how many extras are in a scene, for instance.
“But Jesse is a person who doesn’t really want to compromise what stories they want to tell as writers just for the pandemic.
“They’re obviously talented writers, so there will be a very delicate hand on how much is included, but we’re not trying to make a show about a wealthy family during a pandemic.”
It has also been rumoured that Roman (Kieran Culkin) could lead the family in season three, a derailment from the prior season’s leading storyline of the futile relationship between Logan and Kendall.
Will there be a fourth series of Succession?
Succession season four has already been commissioned, though filming is not set to begin until the viewers’ feedback from season three has been considered.