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HBO's 'Succession' Season 3: Here's what you can expect from Episode 1 'Secession'

Season 2 showed how Logan Roy returns from the depths of a financial crisis as technological changes upturn media conglomerates
Brian Cox in 'Succession' Season 3 Episode 1 (David M Russell/HBO)
Brian Cox in 'Succession' Season 3 Episode 1 (David M Russell/HBO)

After spending two years in production, 'Succession' is finally set to premiere with Season 3 and the hype is all about the aftermath of the explosive season 2 finale. The previous installment showed how Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the founder of Waystar Royco, returns from the depths of a financial crisis as technological changes upturn media conglomerates.

He manipulates his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) to fight to become the heir of the company after their father, even as he controls them and the decisions that they make. The official synopsis of season 3 reads: "Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of Season 2, Logan Roy begins Season 3 in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war."


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What to expect from 'Succession' Season 3 Episode 1 'Seccession'

Right off the bat, the episode will deal with the repercussions of Kendall's move in the season 2 finale, where he had his epic mic-drop moment as he goes public about his father's role in the cruise scandal. He further goes on to condemn Logan calling his father “a malignant presence.” Roman's new role as COO now might be in jeopardy following Kendall's press conference. His relationship with Gerri, Waystar’s general counsel (J. Smith-Cameron) will see some light as well.

Shiv started off season two with an offer to succeed her father as CEO, something she lost after advocating for a “dinosaur cull” at the company. The offering up of her husband Tom as "blood sacrifice" puts their marriage on thin ice and last we saw, they discuss the concept for an open marriage.

So expect some portion of the episode to be about how Shiv and Tom's relationship will pan out. With Greg in tow alongside Kendall, it remains to be seen what his role is in season 3 as he was busy picking sides in season 2. Logan's thin smile in the finale while watching his son slam him on TV is an expression that is a mix of pride and resentment. However, if two seasons of 'Succession' have taught us anything, it is about not underestimating the old lion.

'Succession' Season 3 premieres October 17, 9 pm ET on HBO.