Critics Say “Succession” Season 4 Sees The Series Going Out on Top
Critics have gotten a peek at the first four episodes of Succession‘s fourth and final season, and they like what they’re seeing. Creator Jesse Armstrong’s decision to end the series after four seasons is starting to seem like the final, winning chess move for a show that has been consistently excellent since it debuted in 2018.
Chronicling the viciousness and vicissitudes of the Roy Family, Succession has cast a gimlet eye on the billionaire class, brilliantly executed by an ace cast, superb writing (the one-liners alone have become legend), and excellent work from the top-notch crew. As Variety‘s Joshua Alston puts it, “Succession is more intense than ever. And with the series finale in sight, the show has a full tank of gas and an 800-pound gorilla’s foot on the pedal. Better than ever doing business with you, Succession.”
Season four will focus on the final battle in the longstanding war for Warstar RoyCo, with the aging lion Logan (Brian Cox) ready and willing to obliterate his own children to maintain the power to decide the company’s fate. Season three saw the sale of Waystar Royco to Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård)’s tech company GoJo inching closer, and the Roy family is once again at bitter odds. Tom (Matthew Macfayden) aligned with Logan after turning on his wife, Shiv (Sarah Snook), at the end of last season. Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his siblings Shiv and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are united as they try to take down their father and stop the sale to GoJo. Connor (Alan Ruck) is…being Connor. As always, the name of the game is scheming, double-crossing, and truces that last just as long as one of the parties gains the upper hand.
So that’s the barebones outline for season four, but what exactly are the critics saying about the episodes they’ve seen thus far? Let’s have a look. Succession returns to HBO on March 26.
The final season of #Succession is brisk, brutal and hilarious. It’s the best run of episodes yet. https://t.co/jbyojPSi8B
— Variety (@Variety) March 22, 2023
Without spoilers, I wrote about how good the start of #Succession s4 is, and about how the show has the chance to do something that has eluded nearly every HBO classic before it: https://t.co/2eJkAuClvz pic.twitter.com/e2Ckpni7FT
— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) March 22, 2023
“If you’re fretting that #Succession might now be running out of road, or steam, or those biting one-liners that hit like rubber bullets, don’t” | ✍️Carol Midgleyhttps://t.co/MtBX1N1Ono
— Times Culture (@timesculture) March 22, 2023
The fourth and final season of ‘Succession’ gets off to a booming start. Read our review. https://t.co/6IL86DCZMv
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 22, 2023
With each actor working in peak form, #Succession remains sleek and engaging as ever as it begins its last lap.
VF’s chief critic, @rilaws, reviews the first four episodes of the new season: https://t.co/uk1o6aO2T4
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 22, 2023
The first reviews are in for #Succession Season 4 – currently it’s Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer, with 21 reviews: https://t.co/HjB5RogGks pic.twitter.com/0hjo4bglUf
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) March 22, 2023
“Forget ‘boar on the floor’. Your jaw will be on the floor after watching this final season.”
The Roys go into battle one last time in #Succession Season 4, with the first episode arriving Monday. Read the Empire review now: https://t.co/GLbhHlrgSY pic.twitter.com/O19SxOncK2
— Pilot TV (@PilotTVPod) March 22, 2023
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Featured image: Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong. Photograph by Claudette Barius/HBO