Warning! Major SPOILERS for Succession's season 2 finale ahead.
Succession season 3 is happening, and here's everything you need to know. Created by Jesse Armstrong, the HBO series explores the power dynamics within a global media company, specifically amongst siblings competing to be their father's successor.
Succession features Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the founder of news organization Waystar Royco. Hoping to sustain control, the business mogul keeps his friends close and his enemies closer, knowing full well that all four of his children want to run Waystar next. Succession’s primary conflict derives from the characters' collective personal flaws, and their potential to be easily blackmailed. In Succession season 2, the wildcard is Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun), an awkward Roy cousin who strategizes under-the-radar and builds relationships with Logan’s inner circle, including the boss himself.
Among various subplots, Succession season 2 chronicles the ascent of Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) and the decline of husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen), Greg’s number one confidante. Succession's season 2 finale promised to deliver a "blood sacrifice" from Logan in order to appease the shareholders and help the company save face, which turned out to be Kendall Roy, but the finale, "This Is Not For Tears", had an even bigger twist up its sleeve in the final moments that completely flips things for next year. Here’s what to expect for Succession season 3.
Succession Season 3 Renewal
HBO officially ordered Succession season 3 on August 30. The decision was made just two episodes into Succession season 2; a testament to the series' popularity and critical acclaim. Succession season 1 earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, while the aforementioned Armstrong won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series ("Nobody Is Ever Missing").
Succession Season 3 Release Date Info
Succession season 3 will release in 2020 - but when specifically? For context, Succession season 1 premiered in June 2018, while Succession season 2 premiered in August 2019. Given that HBO already greenlit a third season, it seems likely that new episodes will release next summer. We predict that Succession season 3 will premiere in late June 2020.
Succession Season 3 Story
Heading into Succession's season 2 finale, everything seemingly hinged on which character - or characters - would be the aforementioned "blood sacrifice" offered up by Logan to the shareholder gods. The episode took turns to set up various characters for the fall, ranging from Gerri to Tom to Cousin Greg (at least as sprinkles), before the dagger eventually fell on Kendall, who, as he has all season, agreed to do whatever his father wanted. The final moments included a shocking twist however, as Kendall went off-script, refusing to be the blame guy and instead throwing his own father under the bus, although Logan still looked on approvingly. Succession season 3, then, will be exploring the major fallout from this, as well as seeing Roman step up and likely be the main focus at Waystar, as Kendall and Shiv were for seasons 1 and 2.