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HBO’s hit ‘Succession’ renewed for fourth season

LOS ANGELES — HBO announced Tuesday that it has renewed “Succession” for a fourth season — not that there was any doubt of that, but it’s nice to know it’s official.

The ratings for the show, which was created by Jesse Armstrong, have soared since the Season 3 premiere on Oct. 17. The first episode of Season 3 drew a series-high viewership of 1.4 million viewers across HBO’s platforms that night. According to the network, that was the best premiere-night ratings of any HBO series since HBO Max launched in May 2020.

Those numbers will grow over time, of course; according to HBO, “Succession’s” second season viewership was an average of 5 million. Season 2 of “Succession” also won seven Emmys, including the top prize for outstanding drama.

In Season 3 of “Succession,” the members of the Roy family are engaged in a vicious fight for control of Waystar Royco, after Kendall (Jeremy Strong) publicly stabbed his CEO father, Logan (Brian Cox), in the back in an attempted coup. Since then, Kendall has been trying to shore up any power he may be able to attain — but is the rash Kendall once again playing checkers to Logan’s chess? We will see.

In an interview with Variety before the third season began, Armstrong talked about how long the show might last. “I don’t want to say,” he said when asked whether he knows how many more seasons there might be. “All I know is there’s a promise in the ‘Succession’ title, and it can’t go on forever.”

And yes, Armstrong has ideas what will happen in the series finale, whenever it is. “It’s important for me, I think, as a showrunner to have a pitch for my fellow collaborators, especially the writers,” he said. “But it’s not immutable. That’s up for discussion. But I do have a pitch for how I think it goes.”

There was no mention in the renewal announcement about whether Season 4 might be the last for “Succession” — only praise.

“With each season of ‘Succession,’ Jesse Armstrong has continued to surpass our wildest expectations, pulling us deeper into the Roy family’s inner sanctum with indelible wit, humanity, and precision,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Programming. “This season is undoubtedly no exception, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that’s in store in this next season ahead.”

“Succession” is executive produced by Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy and Will Ferrell. Armstrong serves as showrunner.