Succession season 4 release date, trailer and everything else we know so far

Succession season 4 key art featuring (L to R) Sarah Snook as Shiv, Nicholas Braun as Greg, Kieran Culkin as Roman, Brian Cox as Logan, Alan Ruck as Connor, Jeremy Strong as Kendall and Matthew Macfayden as Tom, standing on the balcony of a skyscraper
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Okay, Roy-watchers, it's time. Are you ready to watch Succession season 4 online? Well, if you watched the premiere, then you know it's time to luxuriate in the tension of Logan's terrible birthday party. Our Succession season 4 premiere recap has you covered on that.

And after the events of Succession season 3, we can't wait to see how the Roy sibs fight from out from under this situation. But, in slightly bigger news, our expectations about this upcoming have been confirmed. Series creator Jesse Armstrong has revealed that Succession season 4 (one of our top picks for the new shows and movies to watch in March 2023) will be the final season of the series.

The news of Succession season 4 first popped up early on in season 3's airing. On October 26, right between episodes 2 and 3, HBO announced it was ordering a fourth season of the Roy family drama. Parent company WarnerMedia broke the news with a press release stating "The season three premiere of [Succession drew over 1.4 million viewers across all platforms, marking a series high and the best premiere night of any HBO Original series since the launch of HBO Max." 

Succession season 4 release date

HBO announced the Succession season 4 release date of March 26 in a press release that touts the return of the series in the ever-important 9 p.m. ET HBO slot.

Before the House of the Dragon finale, a teaser for Succession aired, and it said Succession season 4 release date will be in Spring 2023.

The 2023 window was previously announced in the HBO Max Coming Soon reel. Now that Succession season 4 has entered production, we can start speculating on when exactly it'll hit HBO and HBO Max. 

We don't believe season 3's delayed production cycle — it began in fall 2020 and premiered on October 17, 2021, and was beset by Covid-19-related delays — is to be seen as precedent, so let's look back at season 2's schedule.

The second season was confirmed on June 11, 2018, and the earliest reports of filming beginning popped up in March 2019.  It then premiered on August 11, 2019. 

Of course it will arrive on HBO and HBO Max (one of our picks for the best streaming services).

Succession season 4 trailer and teaser

We finally got the Succession season 4 trailer, which shows Logan trying to separate Roman from his siblings' alliance. Roman's also seen arguing with Mattson, which is kind of what Logan asked of him — which suggests Logan was successful. 

The clip also shows that that the alliance against Logan will include Sandi Furness (Hope Davis), Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed) and Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones).

The first teaser trailer for Succession season 4 sees the Roys in a fractured state, with both the sibs and Logan unwilling to make the first call to the others. Then, there's Tom, worried about getting booted if he and Shiv break up.

Above, in the HBO sizzle reel (starting at 1:30 in), you'll see the first material from Succession season 4. It includes a healthy Logan Roy screaming "I f**king love it here!" after he talks about beating the competition.

Succession season 4 is the final season

Creator Jesse Armstrong told The New Yorker that this is the final season, and that the conversation (naturally) began before the writing of the new season. 

Armstrong is quoted as saying "in about November, December, 2021, and I sort of said, 'Look, I think this maybe should be it. But what do you think?' And we played out various scenarios: We could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons. Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different, and be a more rangy, freewheeling kind of fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we could do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong. And that was definitely always my preference."

Succession season 4 cast 

To no great surprise, the entire Succession main cast will be returning for season 4 it has been announced. Yes, that means Brian Cox is back as Logan Roy, as well as his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck). 

It's also been confirmed that Gregory Hirsch (Nicholas Braun), Matthew Macfadyen (Matthew Macfadyen) and Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) will be featured in season 4. Alongside the expected main players will be familiar supporting cast members Alan Peter Friedman, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens and Justine Lupe. 

We also expect to see Alexander Skarsgård back as GoJo owner/tech mogul Lukas Mattson, who may have even more power than before, if the acquisition/merger goes through. Although, as of yet, his involvement hasn't been confirmed. 

New cast members added include Annabeth Gish (Midnight Mass), Adam Godley (The Great), Eili Harboe (Thelma) and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Vikings: Valhalla).

Succession season 4 plot details

HBO has released a brief logline for the next season of Succession: “The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”

The big story right now, as we saw in the finale, is that the siblings have been forced out of the decision-making, due to Logan and their mother Caroline Collingwood working behind their backs. And the ever-sneaky Tom seems to have been the snitch who tipped the parents off to the plans.

Yes, Gerri is currently the interim CEO of Waystar Royco, but we don't know how long that will last. 

Succession season 4's story will likely almost mirror season 3's, but instead of just Kendall being on the outs, it's Shiv, Roman and Ken who are now fighting to stop Logan.

Of course, the GoJo merger/acquisition is also at hand, so it will be curious to see how much power Lukas Mattson has.

Will Succession season 4 be the last season?

HBO probably wants to hold onto Succession, but there's no word about a fifth season. 

When The Times of London asked Brian Cox about a potential fifth season, he was eager to say he's trying to avoid the show being on the air for too long. He even mocked another show while doing so, saying "I don’t know. No one’s had their contracts renewed. Who knows how long it will go on? We don’t want it to overstay its welcome, like Billions; that’s past its sell-by date. That will not happen with our show."

Henry T. Casey
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