The Roy family is back and seemingly as dysfunctional and cutthroat as ever. A new teaser trailer for Succession, the popular show from British creator Jesse Armstrong, suggests the media conglomerate-owning, billionaire family’s travails and scathing power struggles will continue in the fourth season, which HBO announced will return in March.
The trailer finds the Roy siblings – futile presidential candidate Connor (Alan Ruck), former golden boy Kendall (Jeremy Strong), puerile Roman (Kieran Culkin) and scheming daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) – in turmoil following their failed coup in the third season finale and their father’s proposed sale of the company to tech mogul Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård).
According to the official logline, the prospect of such a deal “provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is complete”, especially as some of the Roys consider a future in which “their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”
The trailer previews the usual Succession staples – private jets and luxury homes, black cars, fancy dinners, Greg and Tom in an office, Kendall referring glumly to a “500-foot reputational drop”.
“We wanted to do something together,” Shiv says in voiceover. “This is not about getting back at Dad, but if it hurts him, it doesn’t bother me.”
The heavily awarded drama series stars Brian Cox as patriarch Logan Roy, who will return as a series regular along with Strong, Culkin, Snook, Ruck and co-stars Matthew McFadyen, Nicholas Braun and J Smith-Cameron.
HBO also announced new additions to the season 4 cast: Annabeth Gish, Adam Godley, Eili Harboe and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.
Little has been revealed about the fourth season, but cast members have sung veiled praises. Braun, who plays hapless Cousin Greg, called the new season an “absolute banger”, while Skarsgård described season 4 as “manicured”.
Armstrong has also remained mum on the fourth season, but did reveal to reporters after the show’s Emmy win in September that the fourth season was “shooting abroad”.
“I think I could tell you everything that’s gonna happen, but it will only make it worse when you watch it,” he said.
The first three seasons of Succession garnered 48 Emmy nominations and 13 wins, including two for best drama series, among numerous other accolades.
It will return to HBO on 26 March with a UK date to be confirmed.