It’s one of the most highly anticipated television shows to return to our screens during the ongoing pandemic, but HBO’s Season Three Succession won’t take into account the world’s new normal.
While some TV shows have come to refer to Covid-19 in storylines, creator Jesse Armstrong wrote the last season before the lockdown and has decided not to adapt the scripts to the current climate.
In a new profile for Vulture, gave actress Sarah Snook – who plays Shiv Roy – some context regarding the decision, saying, “These are really rich people. And sadly none of the world’s truly wealthy people would be affected by the pandemic.”
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However, the cast of the family drama was certainly affected by the pandemic.
Actor Mark Blum, who played cruise division director Bill Lockhart on the show, died of complications from Covid-19 in March last year.
Lead actor Brian Cox (Logan Roy) and Alan Ruck (Logan’s eldest son Connor Roy) also contracted the virus, which of course caused delays in the production of the series.
No COVID here: creator Jesse Armstrong wrote the last season before the lockdown and has decided not to change the scripts to reflect the current climate
The feature notes how the pandemic has shifted production to Zoom table lectures and Zoom production meetings.
Some of the filming took place in Italy for the third season and there were backup locations when travel was not allowed, including the UK, Massachusetts and Northern California.
The series picks up where season two ended, which ended on a cliffhanger, first solving the mystery surrounding who would be the so-called “blood sacrifice” that would be offered to Waystar Royco’s shareholders.
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“You’re Kendall Roy,” you hear Kendall say to herself in the mirror as the minute-long teaser begins, as Siobhan “Shiv” Roy (Sarah Snook) then runs to her father
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Drama: Kendall is spotted first and gives himself a much-needed pep talk in the mirror as all hell breaks loose after his tactical move against his father
As fans of the show will recall, things got more dramatic than ever when one of the shareholders recommended that Logan himself leave the company.
After Kendall initially agreed with the decision to take the trap, and in a shocking turn of events that left viewers desperate for more, Kendall then decided to betrayed his father.
In the nail-biting episode, Kendall steps out to speak at a press conference, revealing details of the cruise scandal and other Waystar Royco secrets.
Angry Call: Matthew Macfadyen is back as the long-suffering and somewhat floppy Tom Wambsgans, as he’s heard on the phone say, ‘You’d better find an animal corpse to crawl in and hide in’
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Here Comes Trouble: Kieran Culkin is back as bad boy Roman Roy, ready to stir family tension
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
Succession was created by Jesse Armstrong; executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylo, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown and Will Ferrell.
Jesse Armstrong serves as showrunner.
Succession Season 3 returns to Sky Atlantic and NOW this fall. Seasons 1-2 are now available to catch up on Sky On-Demand and NOW.