Succession Season 4: Release date, trailer, cast, plot & more

Matthew Macfadyen in Succession Season 3HBO

Here’s everything we know about Succession Season 4, from whether we know about its release to teaser trailer, plot, and cast details. 

Succession has quickly become one of the strongest shows on television. The intense battle for power among the Roy family continues, as Season 4 promises another fiery journey into the world of Waystar Royco.

What will happen next for Kendall, Shiv, and Roman Roy? Here’s everything we know so far about Succession Season 4, from its release date to cast, plot, and other details.

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Succession Season 4 release date

Succession Season 4 will premiere on March 26, 2023.

Its arrival will be bittersweet, however: it’s the final season of the show. In a new interview with The New Yorker, the show’s creator Jesse Armstrong opened up about the decision to end the series.

“I feel a responsibility to the viewership, and I personally wouldn’t like the feeling of, ‘Oh, that’s it, guys. That was the end.’ I wouldn’t like that in a show. I think I would like to know it is coming to an end,” he said.

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“I got together with a few of my fellow writers before we started the writing of Season 4, in about November, December, 2021, and I sort of said, ‘Look, I think this maybe should be it. But what do you think?’

“And we played out various scenarios: We could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons. Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different, and be a more rangy, freewheeling kind of fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we could do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong. And that was definitely always my preference.”

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Succession Season 4 trailer

HBO released the first teaser trailer for Succession Season 4 on October 24, 2022, giving us a hint at what is to come. The teaser can be found below.

The first official teaser trailer for Season 4 was released on January 26, 2023, and gives us a bit more insight into what to expect this season. The trailer can be seen below.

In this trailer, we see that the Roy kids are all still aligned and working together on a new project, now that their father cut them out of Waystar Royco. It doesn’t appear that they are directly challenging him, but they are certainly not on speaking terms.

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Other plot lines hinted at in the trailer include Logan’s continued dealings with Mattson, his (likely) continuing affair with his assistant Naomi, and Connor and Willa finally getting married.

And on March 2, 2023, another trailer was released, showing more of the series’ comedy and drama, all while emphasising that this will be the last, and possibly best, season of the show yet.

Succession Season 4 cast: Who is returning, and are there any new characters?

The Succession Season 4 cast will include Jeremy Strong as Kendall, Sarah Snook as Shiv, Kieran Culkin as Roman, and of course, Brian Cox as the family patriarch Logan Roy.

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Of course, other fan favorites such as Matthew Macfadyen’s Tom Wambsgans and Nicholas Braun’s Greg Hirsch will be back too.

As per Deadline, nine characters have been added to the returning cast, including Dagmara Domińczyk as Waystar Royco member Karolina Novotney, Alexander Skarsgård as Lukas Mattson, Arian Moayed as Stewy, and Juliana Canfield as Kendall’s intrepid assistant Jess Jordan.

Annabelle Dexter-Jones will also return as Naomi Pierce, alongside Hope Davis as Sandi Furness, Cherry Jones as Pierce family matriarch Nan, and Justin Kirk and Steven Root.

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It’s unclear if any new characters will be introduced in Season 4, but we’ll update this article upon any casting announcements. 

Alexander Skarsgård in Succession Season 3, who is expected to return for Season 4.HBO
Alexander Skarsgård is expected to return for Succession Season 4.

Succession Season 4 plot: What will it be about?

Season 3 of the show saw the Roys more fractured and vulnerable than ever. According to an official synopsis released by HBO, the next 10-part season sees “the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moving ever closer.

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“The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”

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Speaking to Vulture, Snook said: “At the end of an episode, having something that narratively projects into the next season sets it up quite nicely. If Shiv knows, but her brothers don’t, and Tom doesn’t know that Shiv knows – there’s a lot of potential there.”

Tom comforting Shiv in the Succession Season 3 finale, expected to ripple into Succession Season 4.The events of Season 3 are expected to ripple into Succession’s fourth season.

Recent leaked set photos suggest we’ll see Connor (Alan Ruck) and Willa Ferreyra (Justine Lupe) tie the knot in Season 4.

Braun has also teased a “higher gear” for Greg, as per Deadline. “He and Tom have a new frequency,” he said.

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While it’s unclear how much time will pass, Macfadyen has teased a time jump of some form in Season 4. “We pick up a little bit of time after the dust has sort of settled. Not very much though,” Macfadyen told Deadline.

“It’s a good ending, it sets up the story going forward. He thinks he is just looking out for himself. You could argue he has suffered from the hands of his brothers-in-law and his wife. I’m scared of giving away spoilers. It’s nicely teed up.”

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Succession Season 4: What happened in Season 3?

Season 3 of Succession saw the power struggle for Waystar Royco intensify after Kendall waged war against Logan at the press conference in the Season 2 finale.

While Logan gaslit Shiv into believing she’d be named as his successor in the previous season, Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) is named interim CEO while Logan temporarily steps back.

Kendall tries to convince Shiv, Roman, and Connor (Alan Ruck) to join his side and take down Logan, but they’re put off by the idea of Kendall being CEO on the other side.

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Meanwhile, Greg leaves Kendall’s team and signs a legal agreement with Waystar, costing him his inheritance from his embittered grandfather, and Tom offers himself up as a prison sacrifice if the DOJ investigation into the cruise scandal results in a guilty verdict.

Greg and Tom talking in the Succession Season 3 finale, which will have a huge effect on Succession Season 4.HBO
Prepare for a new era of Greg and Tom’s relationship.

Kendall’s mental health takes another turn for the worst after Shiv retaliates with an open letter including details of his struggles with addiction, and suffers an emotional breakdown at his lavish 40th birthday party after Roman hands him a note from his dad offering to buy his shares for $2 billion. Towards the end of the season, he nearly drowns in his swimming pool, with his family believing it to be a suicide attempt.

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The last episode was a rollercoaster, with Kendall tearfully and fearfully admitting his role in the waiter’s death in Season 1 to Shiv and Roman. They comfort him and prepare to face off with Logan to veto the sale of the company to Skarsgard’s Lukas Matsson, as per a clause in their parents’ divorce settlement.

Just when they think they’ve won, Logan reveals he’d already renegotiated the agreement, meaning the trio have no control over the company. They’re baffled as to how he could have known to do that before they arrived, and then comes the twist of the knife: it was Tom who tipped him off.

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Discussing what this could mean for Greg and Tom in Season 4, Braun said: “It’s like a chess move that’s bringing Tom and Greg to a higher place. Season 4 is the siblings versus everyone. Now I’m against my friend Kendall and over with Logan. Maybe that is going to be a very exciting place for Greg.”

Succession Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on-demand now.

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