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Succession season 4 is confirmed — everything we know so far

Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin in the post for Succession
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Yes, Waystar Royco shareholders: Succession season 4 is happening. 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. Of course, expect spoilers for the Succession season 3 finale below!

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." 

That range of time starts on May 27, 2020, so it's not a long span of time, and so it includes His Dark Materials, Perry Mason, The Nevers, How To with John Wilson season 1, The White Lotus and possibly both of the Euphoria specials.

Succession season 4 release date speculation

Brian Cox, talking to GQ UK, confirmed that the rough plan is for production to begin in June 2022. So, what informed guesses can we make from this?

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. 

That would put a very possible Succession season 4 release date for December 2022/January 2023. Of course it will arrive on HBO and HBO Max (one of our picks for the best streaming services).

Looking for something else to stream while you wait? Check out our guide on what to watch tonight for our recommendations.

Succession season 4 cast speculation

OK, so after the finale it's more than confirmed that Jeremy Strong is coming back as Kendall Roy. The season 3 episode 8 ending, we learned, was only the prelude to Ken's almost-death, as he was found face down in the pool. Also, it was a nod to BoJack Horseman, whose writers he wanted for his Twitter account earlier this season.

We'd also expect the rest of the cast to return: Nicholas Braun as Gregory Hirsch, Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans and J. Smith-Cameron back as Gerri Kellman. We definitely 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. There's also Justin Kirk as conservative politician Jeryd Mencken.

Succession season 4 plot speculation

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.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.