Writers Are "Nearly Done" Scripting Season 4 of Succession

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The Roys are the family we all seem to love to hate (or, perhaps, hate to love), but they were clearly feeling the love at the Golden Globes, where they took home three wins—Best Drama Series, Best Television Actor in a Drama Series for Jeremy Strong, and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for Sarah Snook.

While the show's third season concluded in December, HBO has already confirmed that it will return for a fourth chapter.

And in April 2022, writer Georgia Pritchett confirmed that they were "almost finished writing season 4."

In May 2022, at the BAFTAS, creator Jesse Armstrong confirmed the news that the script is almost finished, noting: that the writing team is "nearly done" writing season four. "We’re almost done with the writing for season 4, here in London, with the American writers coming over," Armstrong told Variety. "They’re a really great group of people to talk about the nuances of character and the world and what we’re doing on the show."

Here, find everything we know so far about Succession season four.

Previously, Brian Cox said the series "could go on" past season three.

In an interview with The Guardian, Cox, who plays Roy family patriarch, Logan, noted that the series could continue past season 3.

"It really depends on the writers. If they feel they can stoke other stuff out of it… I mean, it is morphing into other areas. It’s becoming much more of a…" Cox said, pausing. "I don’t want to say ‘humanist document’ because Jesse would hate that. But the show has taken on its own life, it’s creating its own life. And that’s a big advantage. So as long as that life is there, and as long as the writers are inspired to do stuff, then it could go on."

However, when the reporter asked whether Logan had to play a part in season four, Cox said that was not exactly necessary.

"No, they can kill me off," he said. "But I think they’d miss me. Originally, I was supposed to die at the end of the first series. But I think they realized that Logan is the centrifugal force of the piece. Everything has to spin off him, and the kids’ vices are all about their father, and relating to their father. Do they love their father, and if so how do they show that love?"

He later told GQ that there are "possibly two more series and then I think we're done."

Executive producer Georgia Pritchett hinted that a fourth season might be the show's last.

Pritchett is a writer on Succession, and one of the series's executive producers; she's also known for her work as a co-executive producer and writer on HBO's Veep. In June 2021, she discussed the future of Succession with The Times.

"I think the maximum would be five seasons, but possibly more like four," she said. "We’re at the end of filming season three, so at this point [creator Jesse Armstrong] is saying only one more. But that happens every time. We’ve got a good end in sight."

Creator Jesse Armstrong said the show "can't go on too long."

At some point, a new CEO of Waystar Royco will be named, and the show will lose momentum, or at least need a significant change. Armstrong noted this inflection point when speaking with The New Statesman.

"There’s going to be a very definite moment when that story is over," Armstrong said. "And it can’t go on too long. I think there’ll be an end for me in this incarnation of the show in…" he paused. "In a bit."

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