Succession creator Jesse Armstrong has announced that season four will be the final season of the show.
The news has rocked fans around the world, who thought they were getting a lot more time with their favorite characters.
It seems there are still numerous storylines to be told and dozens of feuds to be fought out. Also, fans would love to watch as the four Roy children, heirs to global media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, fight over their billion-dollar inheritance for at least a few more years, if not decades.
Fans took to the internet to share their distress — and some hilarious memes.
One fan tweeted: “I’m grieving, I’m grieving, I’m in pain, I’m sick of the lineup ending, I don’t know how I’m ever going to recover. kendall roy you will always be famous. gregory hirsch you are my little girl forever. Shiv Roy, you are my favorite evil ginger. logan roy if**king hate you.”
Speaking to The New Yorker, Armstrong explained the decision: “I never thought this could go on forever. The ending was always somehow present in my head. Ever since season 2 I’ve been trying to think: is it the next one, or the one after, or the one after?
“I walked into the writing room for season 4 and said, ‘Me think that’s what we do, but let’s keep it open as well.’ I like to lead the writing room by coming in with some kind of suggestion and then being really open to alternative avenues.
“And the decision on the ending solidified through the writing and even as we started filming: I said to the cast, ‘I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think that’s it.’
The news has also led some fans to believe that Logan (Brian Cox), the patriarch of The Roy Family, will almost certainly die in Season 4: “So I guess the big question of Succession in Season 4 is… at what time In what season does Logan die? Midway? Two episodes from the end? Episode one?” A fan tweeted.
Another said: “Sometime over the next few months we realize that Logan Roy could kick the bucket.”
Rather, the news is changing the way people will watch the new season, which premieres March 26 on HBO Max and Now. Now more than ever, the focus will be on who will take control of the media empire once and for all – and what the future of Waystar RoyCo will hold.
Speaking to The New Yorker, Armstrong said: “It was a difficult decision because the collaboration – with the cast, with my fellow writers, with Nick Britell and Mark Mylod and the other directors – was just so good to work with. And I feel like I’ve done the best job I can do working with them. That’s nice, but in the end it’s also a responsibility — it feels pretty perverted to stop.”
Success season four will premiere March 26 on HBO Max and Now