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Succession Season 3 premiere: Logan and Kendall both regroup amid a family civil war

The Roy family and their Waystar Royco conglomerate were left in shambles during the Season Three premiere of Succession, as the show made a dark and twisted return after Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) dropped a bombshell in the Season Two finale, exposing his father Logan (Brian Cox) as complicit in sexual abuse and other allegations.

After the episode aired on HBO on Sunday, fans and critics were left agog having witnessed Logan and Kendall go up against each other in a bitter and bloodthirsty battle.

As Season Three begins, both Kendall and his legendary father struggle to find their footing as a the Roy family wages civil war on each other. 

Bombshell: Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) dropped a bombshell in the Season 2 finale, exposing his father as complicit in sexual abuse and other allegations

Shambles: The Roy family and their Waystar Royco conglomerate were left in shambles in the Season Three premiere of Succession after the bombshell in the Season Two finale (pictured: left Brian Cox as Logan Roy and right, Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy)

The episode begins with Logan in a helicopter circling some mountains as they land in a wooded retreat, meanwhile Kendall is seen trying to calm himself down in a bathroom while Greg (Nicholas Braun) waits for them.

Logan lands with the rest of his team and his family, with Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) revealing that Logan spent a lot of time on the helicopter ride talking about his mother.

Greg asks Kendall if he’s OK and he comes out and talks about ‘action stations’ and has them ‘get into this’ as the title sequence rolls.

The episode, written by series creator Jesse Armstrong and directed by Mark Mylod, continues with Kendall starting to lay out his strategy to Greg and Jess (Juliana Canfield).

Jess adds that they are in a company vehicle, but notes he probably doesn’t work for the company anymore after his bombshell announcement in the Season Two finale.

Tub: Kendall is seen trying to calm himself down in a bathroom while Greg (Nicholas Braun) waits for them

Tub: Kendall is seen trying to calm himself down in a bathroom while Greg (Nicholas Braun) waits for them

Gerri: Logan lands with the rest of his team and his family, with Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) revealing that Logan spent a lot of time on the helicopter ride talking about his mother

Gerri: Logan lands with the rest of his team and his family, with Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) revealing that Logan spent a lot of time on the helicopter ride talking about his mother

Action stations: Greg asks Kendall if he’s OK and he comes out and talks about ‘action stations’ and has them ‘get into this’ as the title sequence rolls

Action stations: Greg asks Kendall if he’s OK and he comes out and talks about ‘action stations’ and has them ‘get into this’ as the title sequence rolls

Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are with their father’s team and watching footage of Kendall, as Roman asks Shiv what she thinks of all this.

While Shiv says she thinks they should back dad… what she’s really thinking is he’s toast.

Hugo (Fisher Stevens) tries to figure out a strategy when Logan asks the kids if they knew Kendall was going to do that.

Company: Jess adds that they are in a company vehicle, adding he probably doesn’t work for the company anymore after his bombshell announcement in the Season 2 finale

Company: Jess adds that they are in a company vehicle, adding he probably doesn’t work for the company anymore after his bombshell announcement in the Season 2 finale

Shiv and Roman: Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are with their father’s team and watching footage of Kendall, as Roman asks Shiv what she thinks of all this

Shiv and Roman: Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are with their father’s team and watching footage of Kendall, as Roman asks Shiv what she thinks of all this

Toast: Hugo (Fisher Stevens) tries to figure out a strategy when Logan asks the kids if they knew Kendall was going to do that.

Toast: Hugo (Fisher Stevens) tries to figure out a strategy when Logan asks the kids if they knew Kendall was going to do that.

Roman adds Kendall is ‘mentally insane’ as Logan asks where his phone is.

Kendall is driving as Jess answers a call from Logan as they trade barbs through Jess, with Kendall telling him to step aside to avoid jail time.

Logan tells the team that he gave Kendall a chance, as Gerri suggests calling the Department of Justice, as Logan asks if they cooperate with the government. 

Mentally insane: Roman adds Kendall is ‘mentally insane’ as Logan asks where his phone is

Mentally insane: Roman adds Kendall is ‘mentally insane’ as Logan asks where his phone is

Jess: Kendall is driving as Jess answers a call from Logan as they trade barbs through Jess, with Kendall telling him to step aside to avoid jail time

Jess: Kendall is driving as Jess answers a call from Logan as they trade barbs through Jess, with Kendall telling him to step aside to avoid jail time

SUCCESSION IS A SUCCESS! WHAT THE CRITICS SAY: 

The Telegraph 

Rating:

‘Biting and brilliant, this drama deserves far higher ratings.’

Rolling Stone 

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‘I will occasionally still ask myself why I’m watching these bad people bringing naught but destruction to those around them, but in the same way I occasionally felt about, say, The Sopranos, a show I otherwise adored.’

The Chicago Tribune

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 ‘I come not to bury Succession nor to praise it, but to perpetually hope it will take up that messy space between paranoia and performative nonchalance.’

Entertainment Daily 

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‘Succession season 3 is one of those shows that has no right to be as good as it is. And it just keeps getting better.’

Empire 

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‘The episodes are built around a series of astonishingly thrilling clashes, as everyone involved scrambles to take sides and work out what’s best for them, in a constantly shifting landscape.’

 The Times

Rating:

‘The best show on TV is back… and it was worth the wait.’

The Guardian 

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‘There is also no shortage of the things that make Succession truly great. It still never loses sight of the fact that this is a family.’

TV Guide

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‘I was nervous these new episodes would simply never be able to live up to the hype the HBO dramedy’s passionate fanbase has created around it. I’m happy to say I was wrong.’

NME

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‘What Succession has always managed to do frighteningly well is make each of its main characters so believable and so dense that every scene is as layered as a lasagne palace.’

 

Gerri says they don’t know what they have so they have to play ball as Roman suggests destroying Kendall.

Logan wonders if they admit wrongdoing there are ‘billions out the door,’ with Logan suggesting they get the President.

Greg tells Kendall that he is the ‘number one trending topic on Twitter’ and that the Pope followed him… but it doesn’t seem to be the real pope.

Gerri: Gerri says they don’t know what they have so they have to play ball as Roman suggests destroying Kendall

Gerri: Gerri says they don’t know what they have so they have to play ball as Roman suggests destroying Kendall

Billions: Logan wonders if they admit wrongdoing there are ‘billions out the door,’ with Logan suggesting they get the President

Billions: Logan wonders if they admit wrongdoing there are ‘billions out the door,’ with Logan suggesting they get the President

Trending: Greg tells Kendall that he is the ‘number one trending topic on Twitter’ and that the Pope followed him… but it doesn’t seem to be the real pope

Trending: Greg tells Kendall that he is the ‘number one trending topic on Twitter’ and that the Pope followed him… but it doesn’t seem to be the real pope

Kendall calls Frank (Peter Friedman) telling him that there is a place for him at the company he’s going to be running.

Gerri tells Logan that the President is supportive, and tells the President’s person that he’s not asking for favors.

She asks if there any danger of the government going after them but it’s unclear.

Frank: Kendall calls Frank (Peter Friedman) telling him that there is a place for him at the company he’s going to be running

Frank: Kendall calls Frank (Peter Friedman) telling him that there is a place for him at the company he’s going to be running

They get to the airfield as Kendall calls Shiv but she doesn’t say anything as Greg tells Kendall that the internet traffic is ‘positive.’

Jess tells him that they’re trying to cancel his access as Greg says this is just like OJ except for for not killing anybody.

Logan asks for a lawyer and Gerri suggests Lisa Arthur, who is played by new cast member Sanaa Lathan.

Call: They get to the airfield as Kendall calls Shiv but she doesn’t say anything as Greg tells Kendall that the internet traffic is ‘positive'

Call: They get to the airfield as Kendall calls Shiv but she doesn’t say anything as Greg tells Kendall that the internet traffic is ‘positive’

Cancel: Jess tells him that they're trying to cancel his access as Greg says this is just like OJ except for for not killing anybody

Cancel: Jess tells him that they’re trying to cancel his access as Greg says this is just like OJ except for for not killing anybody

Logan sends Shiv, Logan and Gerri back to New York and asks Conner to ‘hold down the fort’ so to speak.

Conner tells his girlfriend Willa (Julia Lupe) about exploiting the ‘hate-watch’ angle of her play which could be lucrative.

It seems that Shiv and Tom (Matthew McFadyen) are still working through their marital issues after a tense conversation on the airfield.

Sent: Logan sends Shiv, Logan and Gerri back to New York and asks Conner to 'hold down the fort' so to speak

Sent: Logan sends Shiv, Logan and Gerri back to New York and asks Conner to ‘hold down the fort’ so to speak

Hate-watch: Conner tells his girlfriend Willa (Julia Lupe) about exploiting the 'hate-watch' angle of her play which could be lucrative

Hate-watch: Conner tells his girlfriend Willa (Julia Lupe) about exploiting the ‘hate-watch’ angle of her play which could be lucrative

Tense: It seems that Shiv and Tom (Matthew McFadyen) are still working through their marital issues after a tense conversation on the airfield

Tense: It seems that Shiv and Tom (Matthew McFadyen) are still working through their marital issues after a tense conversation on the airfield

Tom revealed in the Season 2 finale that he has been ‘unhappy’ with her for some time because she said on their wedding day that she wanted an open relationship.

Kendall goes to visit Rava (Natalie Gold) asking if they can use her home as a base of sorts for now, since he’s out of options.

They talk about how he ‘really did it,’ meaning he went after his dad, with Kendall saying the press are swarming him and he needs a ‘hidey hole’ for now.

Open: Tom revealed in the Season 2 finale that he has been 'unhappy' with her for some time because she said on their wedding day that she wanted an open relationship

Open: Tom revealed in the Season 2 finale that he has been ‘unhappy’ with her for some time because she said on their wedding day that she wanted an open relationship

Rava: Kendall goes to visit Rava (Natalie Gold) asking if they can use her home as a base of sorts for now, since he's out of options

Rava: Kendall goes to visit Rava (Natalie Gold) asking if they can use her home as a base of sorts for now, since he’s out of options

Hidey hole: They talk about how he 'really did it,' meaning he went after his dad, with Kendall saying the press are swarming him and he needs a 'hidey hole' for now

Hidey hole: They talk about how he ‘really did it,’ meaning he went after his dad, with Kendall saying the press are swarming him and he needs a ‘hidey hole’ for now

She admits that she hasn’t watched the video but people are saying good things and he says she should watch it.

In another twist, Kendall says he’s going after Lisa Arthur – the same lawyer that Logan is going after.

Logan meets with his team on the plane and reveals he will step back ass CEO, but he still expects to have input.

Good things: She admits that she hasn't watched the video but people are saying good things and he says she should watch it

Good things: She admits that she hasn’t watched the video but people are saying good things and he says she should watch it

Step back: Logan meets with his team on the plane and reveals he will step back ass CEO, but he still expects to have input

Step back: Logan meets with his team on the plane and reveals he will step back ass CEO, but he still expects to have input

He says he doesn’t give a f**k who is named as the temporary CEO, as Karl suggests himself, which Frank thinks is hilarious.

Logan thinks Frank isn’t to be trusted, with Logan suggesting Roman or Gerri, as Tom goes to the bathroom and calls Shiv.

He asks if she wants CEO and she says she does, telling Tom to ‘hustle’ for her so she can get it.

CEO: He says he doesn't give a f**k who is named as the temporary CEO, as Karl suggests himself, which Frank thinks is hilarious

CEO: He says he doesn’t give a f**k who is named as the temporary CEO, as Karl suggests himself, which Frank thinks is hilarious

No trust: Logan thinks Frank isn't to be trusted, with Logan suggesting Roman or Gerri, as Tom goes to the bathroom and calls Shiv

No trust: Logan thinks Frank isn’t to be trusted, with Logan suggesting Roman or Gerri, as Tom goes to the bathroom and calls Shiv

Hustle: He asks if she wants CEO and she says she does, telling Tom to 'hustle' for her so she can get it.

Hustle: He asks if she wants CEO and she says she does, telling Tom to ‘hustle’ for her so she can get it.

Gerri says Frank called her and says there are a number of candidates being talked about.

Greg tells the new media monitors that his mother (Mary Birdsong) was cut off after Kendall made his announcement.

They think he’s going to win this thing, and they like winners.

Media: Greg tells the new media monitors that his mother (Mary Birdsong) was cut off after Kendall made his announcement

Media: Greg tells the new media monitors that his mother (Mary Birdsong) was cut off after Kendall made his announcement

Winner: They think he's going to win this thing, and they like winners

Winner: They think he’s going to win this thing, and they like winners

Logan arrives in Sarajevo where he asks Frank if Gerri is clean, as Tom chimes in and says he likes her and Roman, but Logan says what about him.

He thinks the job is ‘too rich’ as Logan makes it clear that whoever he names, Logan will still be pulling the strings.

Roman calls Logan and he says he thinks the job should be his, adding, ‘I want it and I think he can do it.’

Sarajevo: Logan arrives in Sarajevo where he asks Frank if Gerri is clean, as Tom chimes in and says he likes her and Roman, but Logan says what about him

Sarajevo: Logan arrives in Sarajevo where he asks Frank if Gerri is clean, as Tom chimes in and says he likes her and Roman, but Logan says what about him 

Job: Roman calls Logan and he says he thinks the job should be his, adding, 'I want it and I think he can do it'

Job: Roman calls Logan and he says he thinks the job should be his, adding, ‘I want it and I think he can do it’

‘I think it should be me, but if you don’t think I’m ready, which I would understand, maybe a couple of years under the wing under an older hen could see me break out of the egg,’ Roman says.

He also suggests Gerri for the job and makes it clear that he does want the top job.

When Logan hangs up the phone, Logan immediately says, ‘Roman is out.’

Not ready: 'I think it should be me, but if you don't think I'm ready, which I would understand, maybe a couple of years under the wing under an older hen could see me break out of the egg,' Roman says

Not ready: ‘I think it should be me, but if you don’t think I’m ready, which I would understand, maybe a couple of years under the wing under an older hen could see me break out of the egg,’ Roman says

Out: When Logan hangs up the phone, Logan immediately says, 'Roman is out'

Out: When Logan hangs up the phone, Logan immediately says, ‘Roman is out’

Logan calls Shiv, though their conversation is not heard, but Shiv reveals he named her as CEO.

Shiv goes to meet with Lisa the lawyer, who says she can’t act for her dad, but Shiv says she wants to talk about something else.

She says she could use a friend with legal training to find herself navigating her new position, but Lisa says that’s not what she does.

New CEO: Logan calls Shiv, though their conversation is not heard, but Shiv reveals he named her as CEO

New CEO: Logan calls Shiv, though their conversation is not heard, but Shiv reveals he named her as CEO

Lawyer Lisa: Shiv goes to meet with Lisa the lawyer, who says she can't act for her dad, but Shiv says she wants to talk about something else

Lawyer Lisa: Shiv goes to meet with Lisa the lawyer, who says she can’t act for her dad, but Shiv says she wants to talk about something else

Friend: She says she could use a friend with legal training to find herself navigating her new position, but Lisa says that's not what she does

Friend: She says she could use a friend with legal training to find herself navigating her new position, but Lisa says that’s not what she does

Shiv gives her a pitch and Lisa stops her saying she can’t give advice and she shouldn’t give her any confidential information… ultimately revealing she’s working with Kendall.

Roman finds himself in the hotel with Gerri and starts flirting with her again, telling her no one would know, but she gets a call from Logan.

Gerri tells Logan that she’s CEO because Shiv blew it with Lisa, as Roman congratulates her.

No: Shiv gives her a pitch and Lisa stops her saying she can't give advice and she shouldn't give her any confidential information… ultimately revealing she's working with Kendall

No: Shiv gives her a pitch and Lisa stops her saying she can’t give advice and she shouldn’t give her any confidential information… ultimately revealing she’s working with Kendall

Roman: Roman finds himself in the hotel with Gerri and starts flirting with her again, telling her no one would know, but she gets a call from Logan

Roman: Roman finds himself in the hotel with Gerri and starts flirting with her again, telling her no one would know, but she gets a call from Logan

New CEO: Gerri tells Logan that she's CEO because Shiv blew it with Lisa, as Roman congratulates her.

New CEO: Gerri tells Logan that she’s CEO because Shiv blew it with Lisa, as Roman congratulates her.

Logan calls Shiv that she’s out as CEO and she tells her driver there has been a change of plan and they turn around.

Kendall talks with Rava as Lisa and Keith arrive along with his new girlfriend Naomi (Annabelle Dexter-Jones).

Kendall tells Lisa that his dad has gone to Sarajevo, with Kendall saying his dad runs a crime ring, but Lisa isn’t sure.

New CEO: Logan calls Shiv that she's out as CEO and she tells her driver there has been a change of plan and they turn around

New CEO: Logan calls Shiv that she’s out as CEO and she tells her driver there has been a change of plan and they turn around

Girlfriend: Kendall talks with Rava as Lisa and Keith arrive along with his new girlfriend Naomi (Annabelle Dexter-Jones)

Girlfriend: Kendall talks with Rava as Lisa and Keith arrive along with his new girlfriend Naomi (Annabelle Dexter-Jones)

She asks if the government has reached out for the documents as Rava gets mad about Greg opening a bottle of women.

Back in Logan’s war room Logan is getting agitated when Kendall calls him, but he hands the call to Frank.

Frank says it’s not a big deal but he tells him them that Lisa is going to represent Kendall, as Logan says, ‘We’ll f***ing beast them. We’ll go full f***ing beast’ as the episode comes to an end.

Mad: She asks if the government has reached out for the documents as Rava gets mad about Greg opening a bottle of women

Mad: She asks if the government has reached out for the documents as Rava gets mad about Greg opening a bottle of women

The preview for next week’s episode reveals Kendall telling Logan that he’s a better man as Kendall reunites with his siblings with an explosive confrontation.

Season 2 ended with the Roy family heading into a proxy battle after Logan failed to secure funding to take the company private. 

Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family’s cruise lines.

Kendall threw everyone a major curveball, though, revealing at the press conference that his father knew everything and orchestrated the millions of dollars in payouts to the victims to keep  everything quiet.

Beast: The preview for next week's episode reveals Kendall telling Logan that he's a better man as Kendall reunites with his siblings with an explosive confrontation

Beast: The preview for next week’s episode reveals Kendall telling Logan that he’s a better man as Kendall reunites with his siblings with an explosive confrontation

Clean-up: Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family's cruise lines

Clean-up: Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family’s cruise lines

This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall’s bombshell announcement. 

The trailers have teased that the family has been divided with most abandoning Logan, as they near the pivotal shareholder’s meeting where the family could lose the company to Stewy (Arian Moayed) and Sandy Furness (Larry Pine).

Kendall reveals in one of the trailers that he wants to take down his father, but he also doesn’t want the family to lose control of the company.

Logan: This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall's bombshell announcement

Logan: This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall’s bombshell announcement

There will also be a few new characters thrown into the mix this season, played by Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgard and Hope Davis.

Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar.’

Skarsgard plays Lukas Matsson, described as a, ‘successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.’

New: Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, 'a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar'

New: Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar’

New season: The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO

New season: The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO

Davis plays Sandi Furness, the daughter of Logan Roy’s longtime rival Sandy Furness.

Other new characters include Sanaa Lathan as Lisa Arthur, ‘a high profile well-connected New York lawyer,’ Linda Emond as Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, ‘a senior White House aide,’ and Jihae Kim as Berry Schneider, ‘a leading Public Relations consultant,’ all in recurring roles.

The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO.  

Logan’s run goes on… and even the President isn’t safe from his fury – CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the opening to the third season

Succession 

Rating:

Welcome back to the Logan Roy Show. The vicious, bullying, billionaire mogul, that monstrous thug controlling a global media empire, has completed a hostile takeover of his own TV serial.

Despite a Senate probe into his odious business practices and two attempts by his son to oust him, as well as a near-fatal stroke, Logan remains the towering force at the centre of Succession (Sky Atlantic).

His four children and the other characters – wives and ex-wives, rivals, henchmen – circle him like anxious jackals and vultures gathering to fight for scraps around a lion gorging on its prey.

This was not how Succession was meant to pan out. As actor Brian Cox revealed in the Daily Mail on Saturday, when he signed up he expected that his character would be written out after the first year.

Despite a Senate probe into his odious business practices and two attempts by his son to oust him, as well as a near-fatal stroke, Logan remains the towering force at the centre of Succession (Sky Atlantic), writes Christopher Stevens

Despite a Senate probe into his odious business practices and two attempts by his son to oust him, as well as a near-fatal stroke, Logan remains the towering force at the centre of Succession (Sky Atlantic), writes Christopher Stevens

The clue is in the title. All the emphasis was originally meant to be on the internecine warfare of the siblings – emotionally-damaged Kendall (Jeremy Strong), conflicted Shiv (Sarah Snook), feral Roman (Kieran Culkin) and fruit loop Connor (Alan Ruck). But the spectacle of Logan’s volcanic anger is too mesmeric for his creators to allow him to fade.

Every time we think he has burned out, the red-hot lava erupts again.

At one point as the third series begins – in an episode aired here at 2am this morning, simultaneously with the US screening, and repeated in the UK tonight – the ageing boss appears befuddled.

He’s mislaid his phone. He is quiet, distant, almost vacant. Shiv and Roman watch him from across the room, out of the corner of their eyes, whispering: ‘He’s toast. Is he toast?’

At one point as the third series begins – in an episode aired here at 2am this morning, simultaneously with the US screening, and repeated in the UK tonight – the ageing boss appears befuddled

At one point as the third series begins – in an episode aired here at 2am this morning, simultaneously with the US screening, and repeated in the UK tonight – the ageing boss appears befuddled

And then, with a snarl, he’s awake and in control, and those rebellious children are scrambling to serve him like waiters bringing room service to a tyrannical guest.

In a show renowned for its lacerating and occasionally shocking dialogue, where the cast are encouraged to shoot half a dozen versions of scenes with different sweary put-downs, Logan has all the most quotable lines. Phoning Kendall, who has just appeared before the world’s cameras to denounce his father for covering up rape and murder, the old man finds himself talking to a secretary.

She asks if she can take a message. ‘Tell him,’ Logan growls, ‘I’m going to grind his f*****g bones to make my bread.’ He’s a fairytale ogre and he’s relishing every filthy mouthful. Cox has a simple technique to heighten the drama. Like a child twiddling the volume control, he surges from a whisper to a bellow and back again, almost as often as he draws breath.

When a desperate executive asks if they can stop moving long enough to eat, Logan asks quietly: ‘Food?’ And then he roars: ‘Swallow! We’re on saliva and adrenaline here.’

In a show renowned for its lacerating and occasionally shocking dialogue, where the cast are encouraged to shoot half a dozen versions of scenes with different sweary put-downs, Logan has all the most quotable lines

In a show renowned for its lacerating and occasionally shocking dialogue, where the cast are encouraged to shoot half a dozen versions of scenes with different sweary put-downs, Logan has all the most quotable lines

Even the US President isn’t safe from this fury. After the leader of the Western World side-steps a phone call, Logan refuses to talk to anyone else at the White House: ‘I don’t speak to the babysitter!’ Small wonder his children are nervous wrecks. The new series opens with Kendall in a New York bathroom, shaking with fear at his own audacity in betraying his father. To calm himself, he curls up in the bathtub in a foetal ball. Jeremy Strong’s portrayal of mental disintegration is the most disturbing element in the show.

Logan is half-way around the world, flying over the Balkans with a pair of helicopters that swoop and cross each other’s paths in an aerial ballet. When they land, his senior executives stagger out on to the tarmac, both air sick and shellshocked by their boss’s seismic mood swings.

The most devious of them, Frank the lawyer (Peter Friedman), sums up the flight: ‘I got fired, he got fired, she got promoted, I got rehired, she got demoted.’ That’s the whole story. No one ever wins or loses for long because Logan is playing them all against each other, spinning them like plates.

You could skip half a dozen episodes and pick up the story almost where you left it – except that you’d miss so many subtle shifts of allegiance. One character stands slightly outside the frenzy. Dimwit nephew Greg (Nicholas Braun) is happy just to get through the day without being savaged, though he has no clue how to achieve this.

You could skip half a dozen episodes and pick up the story almost where you left it – except that you’d miss so many subtle shifts of allegiance. One character stands slightly outside the frenzy

You could skip half a dozen episodes and pick up the story almost where you left it – except that you’d miss so many subtle shifts of allegiance. One character stands slightly outside the frenzy

There’s a hilarious scene on a New York street with Kendall surrounded by baying TV reporters, and Greg struggling behind him. He’s clearly been told to say nothing to the Press because he’s yelling: ‘No comment! No comment!’ like he’s trying to hail a taxi in an alien language. Ever since we first met Greg, bumbling around one of his family’s theme parks in a cartoon costume, he has been a lamb among the wolves, protected by his own innocence – but for how long?

Perhaps his destiny echoes that of the helpless young Bran Stark in Game Of Thrones … to be ignored by the warring factions, until finally he is crowned king.

The other characters are too busy fighting each other to see him. They’re so intent on their enemies they don’t dare allow their concentration to slip for a moment. They all know Logan will never relinquish power as long as he has a pulse, but they’re addicted to the drama of it – just as we are.

‘Bigger, badder and bloodthirstier than ever’: Succession’s third season wins rave reviews after lengthy wait for The Roys’ return… with critics promising the show ‘leaps to its own high bar’ 

Prior to the premiere on Sunday night, early reviews began cropping up online earlier in the month.  

In the wake of press previews of the show, which is set for release on October 18, four and five star accolades confirm the battle of the Roys, which left us on a chilling cliffhanger helmed by Kendall, will be as explosive as ever. 

In the UK, The Times dished out five stars and insisted the comeback is ‘thrilling’ following last season’s ‘electrifying climax’, while in the US, Rolling Stone gave four stars and stated the show is ‘bigger, badder and bloodthirstier than ever’. 

Terror: Succession is finally set to return to screens, following a slew of pandemic-based delays - and according to early reviews, Season Three is well worth the wait

Terror: Succession is finally set to return to screens, following a slew of pandemic-based delays – and according to early reviews, Season Three is well worth the wait

Succession is one of the most greatly-anticipated television shows to return to screens amid the pandemic, after several delays – including stars Brian Cox (Logan Roy) and Alan Ruck (Logan’s eldest son Connor Roy) being stricken by covid.  

Season Two concluded in 2019 on a cliffhanger, first tying up the mystery surrounding who would be the ‘blood sacrifice’ offered to the shareholders. 

After being tipped to be the sacrifice, Logan’s son Kendall, played by Jeremy Strong, was then seen explosively outing his father for the dirty dealings within his company Waystar RoyCo and fans have been waiting to see the subsequent fallout. 

In the nail-biting episode, Kendall steps out to speak at a press conference, in which he spills the details of the cruise scandal among other Waystar Royco secrets. 

Writing for The Times, Carol Midgley penned: ‘I can assure you that Succession easily leaps to its own very high bar. Succession’s biggest weapon has always been its whip-cracking dialogue and the writer Jesse Armstrong has raised his game…

‘The show sets viewer expectations sky high and it meets them by trebling down on its strengths. Succession is back and it is thrilling.’

Succession is BACK! In the wake of press previews of the show, which is set for release on October 18, four and five star accolades confirm the battle of the Roys, which left us on a chilling cliffhanger helmed by Kendall, will be as explosive as ever

Succession is BACK! In the wake of press previews of the show, which is set for release on October 18, four and five star accolades confirm the battle of the Roys, which left us on a chilling cliffhanger helmed by Kendall, will be as explosive as ever

Drama: In the UK, The Times dished out five stars and insisted the comeback is 'thrilling' following last season's 'electrifying climax', while in the US, Rolling Stone gave four stars and stated the show is 'bigger, badder and bloodthirstier than ever'

Drama: In the UK, The Times dished out five stars and insisted the comeback is ‘thrilling’ following last season’s ‘electrifying climax’, while in the US, Rolling Stone gave four stars and stated the show is ‘bigger, badder and bloodthirstier than ever’

The publication accompanied the dazzling review with a five star accolade.   

Alan Steppinwall for Rolling Stone meanwhile dished out four stars. He wrote: ‘With Logan and Kendall going head to head in an all-out Roy family war, the show goes bigger, badder, and bloodthirstier than ever’. 

Also returning for series three are cast members Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Peter Friedman, J. Smith Cameron, and James Cromwell.

Additional cast this season include Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody and Hope Davis. S

Angry call: Matthew Macfadyen is back as the long-suffering and somewhat spineless Tom Wambsgans, as he is heard saying over the phone, 'You better find an animal's corpse to crawl into, and hide'

Angry call: Matthew Macfadyen is back as the long-suffering and somewhat spineless Tom Wambsgans, as he is heard saying over the phone, ‘You better find an animal’s corpse to crawl into, and hide’

Succession is created by Jesse Armstrong; executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown and Will Ferrell.

While some TV shows have referenced Covid-19 in storylines, creator Jesse wrote the latest season before lockdown, and has decided not to change the scripts to reflect the current climate.

In a profile for Vulture, Sarah Snook – who plays Shiv Roy – gave context regarding the decision, saying: ‘These are really wealthy people. And unfortunately, none of the world’s really wealthy people were going to be affected by the pandemic.’

Here comes trouble: Kieran Culkin is back as bad boy Roman Roy ready to stir up the tension within the family

Here comes trouble: Kieran Culkin is back as bad boy Roman Roy ready to stir up the tension within the family

However, the cast of the family drama certainly were affected by the pandemic. Actor Mark Blum, who played the cruise-division exec Bill Lockhart in the show, died of complications from Covid-19 in March last year.

The feature notes how the pandemic shifted the production to having Zoom table reads and Zoom production meetings.

Some shooting took place in Italy for the third season, and there were back-up locations in place if travelling wasn’t allowed – including the U.K., Massachusetts, and Northern California.

The third season of Succession is available to stream with a NOW Entertainment Membership from the 18th October. 

Family summit: Kendall talks to his siblings about their father, and suggests that Logan would happily put them all in jail

Family summit: Kendall talks to his siblings about their father, and suggests that Logan would happily put them all in jail 

 

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