Succession season 3: All you need to know

Reviews for the 'best show on TV' are in ahead of series 4 renewal, available to watch on Sky Atlantic & Now.

By Sophia Moir Published: 12 November 2021 - 12.58pm
Succession season 3 on NOW

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 will be available to watch weekly in the UK from 2am on Monday October 18, the same time as its broadcast on HBO in the US. It will be available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

Logan Roy will return to Succession season 3

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 season 3: Reaction and reviews

After a two-year wait due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's safe to say that fans were eagerly anticipating the new series - and the ratings speak for themselves.

As reported by Variety, the season 3 premiere drew the highest amount of viewers for the show to date on its American home of HBO.

It garnered a series-high viewership of 1.4 million across HBO’s platforms on the night of the US premiere (October 17).

That smashed the previous record of 1.2 million for the season 2 premiere in August 2019.

And critics are on board with the new series just as much as its millions of fans both side of the pond.

The Guardian's TV columnist gave the series a 5-star rating, saying the "smash hit reaches fabulous new heights of comedy".

The Evening Standard called the series "delicious to watch", handing it a 4-star review, while Empire called the series "so miraculously funny yet mind-blowingly intense".

The NME said it's "still the best show on TV", echoing the sentiments of The Times, who said that "the best show on TV is back... and it was worth the wait".

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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.

Shiv Roy will be in Succession season 3

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?

*WARNING: 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 the official press release from Sky reads: "Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season 2, Logan Roy begins season 3 in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. "

Kendall Roy will be in Succession season 3

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. 

Is there a trailer for Succession season 3?

Yes! The full trailer was released on September 18:

Will there be more seasons of Succession?

HBO renewed Succession for season 3 in August 2019 and remained tight-lipped about what was in store for the Roy family after that.

But luckily for fans of the show, it was renewed for a fourth season in October 2021, as first reported by Variety.

It's not been confirmed whether this will be the last outing for Logan, Kendall, Roman and co.

“With each season of Succession, Jesse Armstrong has continued to surpass our wildest expectations, pulling us deeper into the Roy family’s inner sanctum with indelible wit, humanity, and precision,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Programming.

“This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead.”

It was previously 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 3 premiered on Sky Atlantic and NOW on October 18, 2021, with new episodes arriving every Monday.

Succession season 1 and 2 box sets are available to watch now.

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