“Succession” Trailer Teases The Roy Family Battle Royale in 4th and Final Season
After three seasons and 48 Emmy nominations, Succession‘s 4th and final season is nearly upon us. Creator Jesse Armstrong recently announced that his delicious deep dive into the serial infighting among one family of American billionaire berserks, the Roys, is coming to an end, and HBO has just released a decidedly high-octane official trailer to remind viewers why Succession has been one of the most consistently satisfying shows on TV.
Here we have Logan Roy (the exquisitely cast Brian Cox) at what appears full strength. Gone, it seems, is his King Lear-like doddering from previous seasons, where physical ailments and the occasional mental lapse made the lion appear weak enough for rivals and members of his own family to pounce. The trailer reveals an energized and hungry Logan Roy, ready to tear his family apart (if need be) to maintain control, rousing his employees with a speech befitting a general on the eve of war. And war really is the only analogy that seems to fit Logan’s approach to business—you either serve beneath him or you are the enemy. As the sale of the company Logan built, Waystar Royco, to Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård)’s tech company GoJo gets closer, the family Roy is circling each other for one final, climatic battle royale to see who ends up on top. These people only know one way to communicate; a perpetual power struggle.
The trailer teases the new alliances (always shaky in the Roy’s world) and battle lines being drawn. Tom (Matthew Macfayden) has aligned with Logan after turning on his own wife, Shiv (Sarah Snook), at the end of season three to sidle up to the man he believes can’t lose. Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his siblings Shiv and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are a united front as they try to take down their father and stop the sale to GoJo. They’re going to need to figure out a way to get one step ahead of Logan, a challenge they’ve not yet successfully met. The trailer also gives us a sneak peek at one of Logan’s most timeless maneuvers; he tries to lure Roman back to his side by swearing he “needs” his youngest son. Knowing Roman, he’ll likely take the bait.
Caught up in the blast radius of the Roy family war are series regulars Gerri (J. Smith Cameron ), Greg (Nicholas Braun), Stewy (Arian Moayed), Lady Caroline Collingwood (Harriet Walter ), Ewan Roy (James Cromwell), Rava Roy (Natalie Gold) and more. Season four will welcome new cast members, including Eili Harboe, Annabeth Gish, Adam Godley, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.
Check out the official trailer for Succession season 4 below. All good things and greedy billionaires must, eventually, come to an end.
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Featured image: Brian Cox. Photograph by Macall Polay/HBO