The full trailer for season 2 of HBO’s Succession proclaims “money wins,” even as the Roy family seems once again headed toward a meltdown of epic proportions. After something of a slow star, the series from creator Jesse Armstrong and executive producer Adam McKay turned into one of the most watchable and entertaining new series of 2018, fueled by some tremendous writing and truly funny and engaging performances from the cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, and standouts Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun, who, unsurprisingly, manage to steal show in the newest trailer.
HBO has slowly been building toward a more extensive look at the new season with a pair of teaser trailers that hinted at where the Roy family and it’s mega media conglomerate, Waystar Royco, were headed after the events of season 1, which saw family patriarch Logan Roy (Cox) successfully fend off two hostile takeovers orchestrated by his son and heir apparent Kendall (Strong), who was subsequently left battling his substance abuse problem that resulted in a Chappaquiddick-like car accident. That incident left one person dead and allowed Logan to reposition himself to prevent any would-be takeover of his company.
All that corporate and interpersonal intrigue came with plenty of laughs, too, as Succession functions both as an engaging drama and a biting satire of capitalistic greed and media families, like the Murdochs. Such a comparison aside, it looks as though season 2 is going to focus once again on Waystar Royco’s attempts to outdo the competition, while also answering (at least partially) the question of who will ultimately succeed Logan as his health continues to falter. Check out the full trailer and poster for Succession season 2 below:
There’s a lot to unpack in the full trailer, as it not only offers some inclination of what the season’s overarching story will be, but it also gives viewers their first look at Holly Hunter, who is joining the series after going one and out with HBO’s little-watched Here and Now, from True Blood and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. Though the trailer doesn’t seem too interested in letting the audience know exactly what Hunter’s character is all about, it does plant some seeds as to which sibling is being vetted to take over Waystar Royco in Logan’s place.
Whether it’s Shiv (Snook) or the much less likely Roman (Culkin), it certainly doesn’t look as though Kendall will be getting a third chance at the head of the family’s proverbial table. And while the issue of a successor is decided, it seems as though Succession season 2 will also feature the Roy family’s latest epic meltdown, just to keep things interesting.
Succession season 2 premieres Sunday, August 11 @9pm on HBO.