Prestige television doesn’t get more gripping than Jesse Armstrong’s Succession, an award-winning series about the dysfunctional but extremely powerful family behind a huge media empire.
The show follows the Roys – seemingly partly inspired by the Murdoch family – headed up by billionaire patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), whose spoilt adult children vie to be named his successor, the drama ramping up with every single episode.
The end of the second season saw a truly jaw-dropping moment, after one family member refused to toe the party line – and the third season looks set to explore the fallout from that betrayal.
However, fans might be waiting longer than expected for new episodes due the coronavirus crisis. In March 2020, HBO announced production had postponed due to the pandemic.
Radio Times revealed in July 2020 that showrunner Armstrong hopes “to start filming in the not-too-distant future” – but that date has since been pushed back to autumn at the earliest, according to series star (and Emmy nominee) Matthew Macfadyen.
When is Succession season 3’s release date?
There is no word on an official launch date for the season as yet, though we do know that it’s on the way – even though filming has been delayed by coronavirus.
Series star Matthew Macfadyen – who was nominated for an Emmy for his supporting turn as Tom – revealed in July 2020 that the start of filming would likely begin in the autumn at the earliest, saying: “We were supposed to start at the end of April. They’re hoping to start 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.”
In July, writer Jesse Armstrong told Radio Times that filming may restart in the “not-too-distant future,” saying: “We’ve carried on writing during the lockdown. But it’s still up in the air. As for coronavirus, there are things to think about, in terms of how we deal or don’t deal with it. But I’m not going to get into it in public.”
And in August 2020, Armstrong told Variety that the team was “trying to think about starting shooting in New York before Christmas,” adding: “Who knows if that’ll come about, but that’s the plan at the moment.”
If filming is able to begin before the end of 2020, we’d speculate that season 3 of Succession might air in late 2021 – but, at least for now, there’s no official release date!
If you want to catch up on previous episodes of Succession, you can buy the DVD on Amazon now.
Who is in Succession’s cast?
Succession would be nothing without its ensemble of players, both major and minor. We fully expect lead stars Brian Cox (Logan), Jeremy Strong (Kendall), Sarah Snook (Shiv), Kieran Culkin (Roman), Alan Ruck (Connor), Matthew MacFadyen (Tom) and Nicholas Braun (Greg) to return, along with supporting actors J Smith Cameron (Gerri) and Justine Lupe (Willa).
The cast have been nominated and won various awards for their portrayals, and in July, season two racked up 18 Emmy nods in total.
British actor Matthew Macfadyen, who plays supporting character Tom Wambsgans, revealed in July 2020 that he had been on his way to the supermarket when he heard that he’d been nominated for an Emmy.
“Unglamorous, but that’s the truth of it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And then I got a really nice call from my agent and my agent in the States and they all said congrats. It was lovely.”
However, he also revealed that he had mixed feelings about the virtual awards ceremony in September.
“I know this sounds ungrateful but I hope I never do another Zoom again,” he said. “Having to rearrange the curtains behind your head… even an Emmy ceremony on Zoom is just sort of weird to me. But I’d probably be in the same ol’ place. I think I’d dress up, you know. I think I’d honour the occasion and make an effort.”
Macfadyen is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series alongside Succession co-stars Nicholas Braun and Kieran Culkin.
What will happen in Succession season 3?
Of course, we aren’t aware of any precise details yet but we can begin to predict what kind of events might feature. For example, it’s more than likely that we’ll see some a confrontation between Logan and Roy early on after the events of the season two finale, and indeed Brian Cox recently told Deadline that there were “a lot of fireworks to come” between the pair.
As for Roman – the character played by Kieran Culkin – there’s been some rumours that he could be the main focus of season three, after season one primarily centred on Kendall and season two largely revolved around Shiv, with Culkin recently telling Vulture, “Maybe next year is Roman’s turn.”
It’s also likely that we’ll see further exploration of Tom and Shiv’s relationship which, it’s fair to say, was experiencing some difficulties during the second season, while we could even see the COVID-19 pandemic written into the series, something Cox recently alluded to in an interview with The Scotsman.
Meanwhile, we could see a more international flavour to the drama, with one of the series’ writers, Lucy Prebble, hinting the show is planning to increase its scope during its third season. She told Deadline, “There are … a lot of talks about going more international than we’ve gone before, which is to do with the relationship between the media industry and international countries.”
She added: “The way international countries input, control, and fund the media in ways that aren’t talked about as clearly as they should be… There are big conversations about how countries and media intersect at the moment.”
Is there a trailer for Succession season 3?
Not yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Keep checking this page for updates on Succession season three, including the trailer when it eventually drops.
Succession airs on HBO in the USA and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK and you can buy the DVD at Amazon. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV guide.