Succession is a drama about the power struggle within a media conglomerate, and it’s been getting better with each episode. The show has taken on issues of legacy, family, and business ethics in its third season, which premiered on HBO last night.
Succession season 3 release date is the latest drama from Jesse Armstrong. It follows a family, the patriarch of which has just died. The show keeps getting better with each episode, so be sure to catch it when it releases on Amazon Prime Video this fall!
When a program already has two renowned chapters under its belt, it’s under even more pressure to live up to expectations, especially when there’s been such a lengthy gap between seasons. Season 3 of Succession, like a good double-decanted spirit, has fulfilled and surpassed expectations.
The Emmy-winning HBO drama’s last chapter aired in 2019, yet the appetite for more never waned. And when the Roys go to battle with each other, Jesse Armstrong has created a delicious crescendo of drama. And holy f*ck, we’re content.
The new season begins just after the season two conclusion, which saw Jeremy Strong’s Kendall attack his father Logan (played by Brian Cox). Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Connor (Alan Ruck) are pushed into a dangerous situation, with Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Connor (Alan Ruck) trying to form political, financial, and familial connections. Before the daring piano chords of the opening titles flare up, episode one begins with numerous quickfire opportunities for applause with Greg-isms, Logan screaming bullyish comments, and a rapid helicopter trip to remind us that the Roys are still filthy stinking wealthy. It’s like returning home, if home meant living a nauseating, no-expense-spared existence with everything our hearts wanted at our fingertips. All one can do is fantasize.
Kendall, played by Jeremy Strong, is a guy on the brink. (Photo courtesy of HBO)
The Roys have always blurred the boundaries between family and coworkers, but this time there’s no love lost since they’re all looking out for number one. While Kendall and Logan’s spat takes center stage, the Shiv and Tom’s increasingly nasty relationship is not to be ignored. All of this occurs, of course, while Logan frantically attempts to maintain his position as their ruler. Yes, viewers have always known the Roys to be scumbags who misuse their position for personal gain (remember Ken getting away with murder?) but this time their liberty is on the line. They have no qualms about f*king each other, and almost every relationship, romantic or otherwise, is on the verge of falling down. The family descends into a full-fledged civil war as the series continues, and no one is immune from being thrown to the wolves.
Jeremy Strong, who won the award for outstanding actor in a drama at the Emmys last year, and J. Smith Cameron, who portrays Gerri, both provide standout performances in the current season. For his depiction of Kendall, a guy who is obviously on the brink this season, Jeremy may very well be in line for another award. Kendall’s naive optimism, along with his emotional breakdown, is portrayed with such conviction that you really believe the underdog will triumph. In the teaser, his sister, Shiv, warns him, ‘You sound crazy.’ As the horrific family breakdown unfolds, Kendall becomes more sick, in both senses, with power. Gerri, on the other hand, is allowed enough opportunity to blossom. She has the same power as the Roy siblings, demonstrating that she is an important participant in the succession struggle.
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With Roman’s sharp-tongued clap backs and Conor’s big-headed ambition, there are plenty of light relief moments that thread effortlessly throughout the story. Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), the lovable clown, is also in great form; within the first few minutes, he’s already dishing out a treasure mine of pearls that will no doubt keep the No Context Succession Twitter feed alive for months to come. As he finds himself at odds with his grandpa, Kendall, and Tom in episode four, his unintentionally funny one-liners and naive personality truly take off. When we say Cousin Greg outdoes himself, we mean it.
The new chapter also includes a number of chef’s kiss sequences, which will be added to the infamous ‘things we need to see’ list. More Roman and Gerri (J. Smith Cameron) material is included in this update. Their sexual powerplay erupted in season two, so it’s a pleasant surprise that their odd but enticing professional relationship is given more focus this time around. Aside from Roman and Gerri, there’s more of the explosive pair, Tom and Greg, who are also bonding as they try to avoid going to prison. ‘Logan says we have to take these cyanide tablets,’ Tom says to Greg, who is terrified. He taunts, absolutely deadpan, ‘It’s a mint, you doofus.’ Infuse this information into our veins.
Overall, Succession continues to improve. The writing is really excellent and never lets up. To put it another way, the two-year wait was well worth it.
Season 3 of Succession will premiere on Sky and NOW on Monday, October 18th.
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Succession is a drama that follows the story of Logan Roy, who becomes CEO of his family’s company after the sudden death of his father. The show has been getting better with each season and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys drama. Reference: succession review.
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