Succession season 3: When will Jesse Armstrong’s critically-acclaimed comedy drama return?

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?

By Sophia Moir Published: 23 March 2021 - 1.34pm
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Succession season 1 and 2 box set are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with NOW

After Game of Thrones and Veep both came to an end last year, Succession has become one of the HBO's biggest breakout hits.

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 can fans expect more Succession on their screens? Here’s what we know about season 3 and beyond...

Succession season 3 release date and how to watch in the UK

Filming for Succession season 3 is currently delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

HBO announced shortly after the lockdown began in March 2020 that production for the season has been suspended indefinitely, meaning that it’s been written but it's currently still stuck in pre-production.

As reported by Deadline, HBO said in a statement: “We are looking forward to resuming pre-production when it is safe and healthy for everyone working on our shows to do so. Where possible, our writers are continuing to write remotely.”

When asked about filming for the next season of Succession, Brian Cox (Logan Roy) told The Scotsman: “We’re just on hold. We will resume as soon as it is safe to."

And in an interview to celebrate the show's 18 Emmy nominations, Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) told The Hollywood Reporter that filming is expected to commence in autumn 2020. He revealed: "They’re hoping to start [filming in New York] in the autumn, I suppose, but I know that a lot of shows are sort of sliding to January.

"I think it changes week to week - or day to day, really. Restrictions are put in place and then removed, so there are things that you can do and then you can’t do. So the producers have to make really difficult decisions about whether to start or not, and whether they’ll be screwed up halfway down the shoot if something else happens."

Logan Roy in Succession

When the cast and crew do get to film, strict measures will be in place so that they can shoot during the pandemic.

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."

The first two seasons of Succession premiered in 2018 and 2019. But, with an ongoing delay to filming, it looks like we won't get to enjoy Succession season 3 until 2021.

Like the first two seasons, Succession will air on HBO in the United States and Sky Atlantic in the UK.

NOW TV customers will be able to watch Succession season 3 with a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

Succession season 3 cast in a nutshell

All the main cast of Succession are expected to return for season 3 - with bigger paychecks to boot.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the salary renegotiations for Brian Cox (Logan Roy) are finalised, with the actor remaining the highest-paid Succession cast member with a salary in the $400,000-$500,000 per episode range.

The rest of the main cast are believed to have scored salary increases to around roughly $300,000 to $350,000 per episode.

Shiv in Succession

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).

Two characters who may not be returning for season 3 are Marcia (Hiam Abbass), as she separated from Logan in season 2, and Rhea (Holly Hunter), whose storyline seems to be complete.

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.

Kendall Roy in Succession

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?

There’s not currently a trailer for Succession season 3 as it hasn’t been filmed. 

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, as well as create and develop new projects for HBO.

Succession season 1 and 2 box set are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with the NOW Entertainment Membership.

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