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Succession season 3: Cast, trailer and release date for the acclaimed comedy drama
With the first two seasons available to binge-watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW, what do we know about Succession series 3 so far and when is it back on TV?
Succession season 1 and 2 box sets are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with NOW
Since long-running hits Game of Thrones and Veep both came to an end in 2019, Succession has become one of HBO's biggest breakout successes.
Created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), the critically-acclaimed comedy drama about the battle for control at an American media conglomerate has been nominated for a whole host of Golden Globe, Emmy and Bafta awards.
But when can fans expect more Succession on their screens? Here’s what we know about season 3 and beyond...
Will there be a season 3 of Succession? Release date and where to watch in the UK
The arrival of Succession season 3 was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic - but Sky has now confirmed that the series is due to return in Autumn 2021. It will be available on Sky Atlantic and NOW.
We'll update this page with more release date details as we get it, so remember to keep checking back for the latest Succession news.
Strict Covid measures were in place during production.
Speaking before the start of filming, Brian Cox told The Hollywood Reporter: "HBO has been fantastic because they are covering every protocol possible, and they really want to be safe because it's a show they care a lot about.
"Our problem with the show is it's a verity show because we shoot on the move and chronologically. But we now have to change in a way to be more controlled. We'll have to use more sets than we did before."
And Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy) revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in a separate interview: "Just for safety reasons, we're going to have to look at how many extras are in a scene, for instance."
Succession cast in a nutshell
All the main cast of Succession are returning for season 3.
Sky confirmed that Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, J Smith Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter and James Cromwell would all be back on our screens.
Some cast members wallets' may be a little more flush, too.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that the salary renegotiations for Brian Cox (Logan Roy) was finalised before filming, with the actor remaining the highest-paid Succession cast member with a salary in the range of $400,000-$500,000 per episode.
The rest of the main cast are believed to have scored salary increases to around roughly $300,000 to $350,000 per episode.
This includes Jeremy Strong (who plays Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Siobhan ‘Shiv’ Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and Nicholas Braun (cousin Greg).
One character who seems to not be returnining is Rhea (Holly Hunter), whose storyline seems to be complete.
New cast members have also been confirmed.
True Blood and Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård will be part of season 3, as will Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody and Hope Davis.
Succession season 3 plot: What's in store?
*spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 ahead*
The thrilling final episode of Succession left a lot of questions unanswered, after Kendall (Jeremy Strong) ripped up his prepared media statement and unmasked the extent of Waystar Royco's cover-up - all the while working with cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun).
There are some fans and critics who believe that Logan (Brian Cox) was in on the whole thing, as we see him smirk when he sees his son's revelation on national television.
But, it seems unlikely - and what's more likely to happen in season 2 is that Kendall and Greg team up to take down Logan, as well as Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Gerri (J Smith Cameron), and anyone else that they can take down with the ship.
Indeed, Brian Cox recently revealed that there are a lot of 'fireworks' to come in series 3 between him and Kendall. But not just Kendall...
He told Deadline: “I’m fascinated to see how young Roman comes into play. He showed his mettle at the end of season 2. I think he’s the hidden gun under the table.”
Elsewhere in Succession season 3, expect to see more of Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Tom's relationship issues, as well as the continuing Gerri and Roman alliance.
And in an interview with the Royal Television Society, Lucy Prebble - one of the show's writers - revealed they were discussing whether the ongoing coronavirus pandemic would feature in the upcoming series.
She said: “There were conversations at one point as to whether or not we would feel forced to include [Covid-19], as in, what reality do we need this to be set in? And what does it mean for it to be set in a reality that does or doesn’t reference that?"
And in a separate interview with GQ Magazine, Prebble revealed: “We've [written] quite a bit of it. Obviously, there are implications with the pandemic, although there were no major changes happening to the script.
"HBO are really good at that sort of stuff; they're aggressively protective of their creations. They want to make it work creatively and what they're going to do is try to provide a situation that will allow that, when they can.”
Is there a trailer for Succession season 3?
Yes! You can watch the latest trailer here:
Will there be more seasons of Succession?
HBO renewed Succession for season 3 in August 2019, but no seasons beyond that have been formally commissioned.
However, it was revealed in December 2019 that Succession creator Jesse Armstrong has signed an exclusive three-year overall TV deal with HBO.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the deal means that Armstrong will continue to serve as showrunner on Succession while creating and developing other new projects for HBO.
Succession season 1 and 2 box sets are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with the NOW Entertainment Membership.
Succession season 3 will be available on Sky Atlantic and NOW in Autumn 2021.
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