Brian Cox has a way with words, especially when they’re as delightfully caustic as those he spouts in the new teaser trailer for Succession season 2. The acclaimed series from creator and showrunner Jesse Armstrong is set to return to HBO in August, as the Roy family’s dysfunction is once again put on display when a rival company threatens a corporate takeover of the largest media conglomerate on the planet. But that’s not going to happen without a fight, one family patriarch Logan is willing to do anything to win, even if that means bringing his drug-addled son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) back into the fray.
The series is coming back roughly a year from when the first season ended (there isn’t a firm premiere date for season 2 yet), which means its high time for audiences to get back in touch with the Roy family and especially cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) and Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), a pair of MVPs when it comes to the show’s unique brand of foul-mouthed (in more ways than one) humor, as well as its most overt displays of corporate malfeasance and incompetence. In fact, the pair get a great bit in the new trailer in which they discuss Greg’s principles, or lack thereof.
Season 1 of Succession focused largely on Kendall’s various failed attempts to stage a hostile takeover of his father’s corporation, Waystar Royco, the final one ending in a Chappaquiddick-esque car accident that more or less helped Logan brush his woebegone son to the side, where he could presumably do less harm. As it turns out, Kendall is more or less being brought back into the company in season 2, much to the chagrin of his younger brother Roman (Kieran Culkin), who makes his opinion known before admitting he’s powerless to do anything about it. Check out the trailer below:
There’s a lot to like about the season 2 trailer, as it more or less spells out where things are headed for Waystar Royco with yet another hostile takeover attempt in the works. It also brings the family’s very entertaining dysfunction back to the forefront (where it belongs), as there’s plenty of infighting going on and Cox letting his children and employees know what a disappointment they are to him.
HBO looks very different in the post-Game of Thrones world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to watch on the premium cabler. In addition to Barry, which just ended a stellar second season, the channel can rely on this abrasive family drama to keep discerning audiences coming back to the Home Box Office.
Succession season 2 will premiere in August 2019.