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Succession Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated August 21, 2019
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‘Succession’ is an American satirical black comedy television series that airs on HBO. The show first premiered on June 3, 2018 and has been created by Jesse Armstrong who is famous for works like ‘The Thick of It‘.

‘Succession’ tells the story of Roy family, who own one of the biggest media and entertainment company of the world. Four siblings try to navigate their future after their father decides to step back from the throne. The bigger the fortune, the bigger is the fight. The dysfunctional owners are seen fighting among themselves as the health of the family patriarch remains uncertain, and everyone has to ask themselves about who is next in line to take control of the entire business.

Naturally, the high drama content of this show coupled with the comic results of the sabotaging attempts has been enough to draw a substantial crowd to the series. Critics too have praised the show saying that the spectacle of rich people fighting among themselves is an invigorating watch.

Succession Cast: Who is in it?

‘Succession’ main cast includes Hiam Abbas as Marcy Roy, Logan Roy’s third wife, while Brian Cox of ‘Rushmore‘ and the ‘Bourne‘ films fame plays the part of Logan himself. He is the founder of Waystar Royco, the media and entertainment conglomerate. Nicholas Braun of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ fame plays the role of Greg Hirsch, Logan’s great-nephew. Kieran Culkin, the younger brother of Macaulay Culkin of ‘Home Alone‘ fame appears as Roman Roy, Logan’s third and youngest son from his second marriage.

Peter Friedman plays the role of Frank Vernon, the COO of Logan’s company and a long time confidante. Alan Ruck of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘ fame appears as Connor Roy, Logan’s eldest son from his first marriage. Sarah Snook of ‘Predestination‘ and ‘Steve Jobs’ fame appears as Siobhan “Shiv” Roy, Logan’s youngest daughter from his second marriage. Jeremy Strong, whose works include ‘Black Mass‘, ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘, ‘The Big Short‘, appears as Kendall Roy, Logan’s second son from his second marriage. There are several other supporting characters including James Cromwell of ‘L.A. Confidential‘ and ‘The Green Mile‘ fame, who appears in the role of Ewan Roy, Logan’s estranged brother. Along with the guest stars, all these characters, make the show extremely rich.

In the season 2, most of the main cast members returned. Holly Hunter of ‘The Big Sick’ fame came onboard to play the role of Rhea Jarrell, who is the CEO of a competitor of the Roy conglomerate. It remains to be seen if the family will unite against the external threat, or whether the infighting will allow this external threat to gain dominance.

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Succession Plot: What is it about?

‘Succession’ follows the story of the Roy family, that is Logan and his four children, who struggle for control over Logan’s immense conglomerate when it becomes clear that the patriarch might be taking a step back from his controlling position. When the series starts, we are introduced to each of the family members, so we are a little clearer on their motives and the kind of people they are.

Perhaps this dysfunctional family would best be compared to King Lear, wherein Logan is not looking to divide his empire as much as he is trying to test his children, pitting them against each other. The Guardian writes about the show, saying, “It can be hard to care about characters who are all slightly different shades of awful, but Succession works brilliantly because it provides you everything you hope is true about a mega-rich family dynasty: the witless cruelty of the entitled, the emotional inadequacy of grownup children of privilege, the complex interplay of Machiavellian scheming and simple hurt feelings.”

A word must be said for Armstrong, the showrunner, here. The writing is crisp and savage, and the dialogues are sharp and often foul-mouthed. The narrative is solid, and while the series is funny at times, it is mostly dark, which is unsurprising considering that humans can be monstrous in their greed and desires, and everything is at stake for Logan’s children. At the core, the show sends a much deeper existential message that despite wealth and power, we often have to live lives in mortal fear.

In season 2, we will see the power politics continue to play out in the family. Without giving away the plot, Kendall was forced to cover up some things, which Logan has now uncovered and must be using to hold sway over his son. That aside, structurally, the series was built around family gatherings where the drama unfurled. Usually, as the seasons make progress, the character stories get richer and the show has new directions to explore. However, we hope they keep this aspect intact, as it makes for enjoyable viewing.

Succession Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Succession’ Season 2 premiered on August 11, 2019. As far as the next season goes, there’s good news for the fans. On August 20, 2019, HBO renewed the show for a third season.

“We are elated that Succession and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Drama Programming. “We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich. In today’s world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, Succession presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community.”

No release date was revealed, but it is expected that ‘Succession’ Season 3 will release sometime in August, 2020.

Succession Season 2 Trailer:

Check out the trailer for ‘Succession’ Season 2 below to get an idea of what lies ahead.

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