Jesse Armstrong has confirmed that season four of Succession will be the show's last.
Succession is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time, with high praise gained for its writing, acting and directing. It has received numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards throughout its run, which started in 2018.
The HBO series tells the story of media mogul Logan Roy and his children, who are all vying for company control if and when he decides to retire.
Despite the continued acclaim, Succession will end after the next series.
"The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From season two, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?" he explained to the New York Times.
"I got together with a few of my fellow-writers before we started the writing of season four, 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. I went into the writing room for season four sort of saying, 'I think this is what we’re doing, but let’s also keep it open.'"
It wasn't always the plan
Armstrong does admit that he still wasn't sure even when filming season four that it would be Succession's last.
"I feel deeply conflicted," he continued.
"I quite enjoy this period when we’re editing - where the whole season is there - but we haven’t put it out yet. I like the interregnum.
"And I also quite liked the period when my close collaborators and I knew that this was probably it, or this was it, but hadn’t had to face up to it in the world."
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