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Succession on its final run, creator confirmed

SuccessionHBO is home to some of television’s best shows and miniseries, from Game of Thrones to Chernobyl.

One of HBO’s most popular series is Succession, a satirical black-comedy drama and family narrative that premiered in 2018.

The series has been praised as one of the best ever made, because of its exceptional screenplay, musical composition, production value, and performances.

Since its inception, Succession has received several nominations and awards.

The show’s creator and showrunner, Jesse Armstrong, has said that the next fourth season would also serve as the series finale.

The news

The finale of Succession was revealed when Jesse Armstrong spoke with the New Yorker about the fourth season.

“There’s a promise in the title of Succession,” he said. “I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind.”

“From season two, I’ve been trying to think: is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?”xzzzzzzzzz

“I got it together with a few of my fellow writers before we started the writing of season four, in about November, December 2021, and I sort of said, ‘Look, I think this maybe should be it. But what do you think?'”

“We played out various scenarios: we could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons,” Armstrong continued.

“Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different, and be a more fangy, freewheeling kind of fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks.”

“Or we could do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong. And that was definitely always my preference.”

Past speculations

Armstrong’s words put an end to rumors about Succession’s departure.

Many believed that it would cease after the fourth or fifth season.

Jesse Armstrong suggested the two possibilities when Succession became an awards season favorite.

“I feel deeply conflicted,” he said.

“I quite enjoyed this period when we’re editing – where the whole season is there – but we haven’t put it out yet. I like the interregnum.”

“And I also quite liked the period where me and my close collaborators knew that this was probably it, or this was it, but hadn’t had to face up to it in the world.”

“It’s been a difficult decision, because the collaborations – with the cast, my fellow writers, with Nick Britell and Mark Mydon and the other directors – they’ve just been so good.”

“I feel like I’ve done the best work I can do, working with them,” Armstrong continued.

“And HBO has been generous and would probably have done more seasons, and they have been saying, ‘It’s your decision.'”

“That’s nice, but it’s also a responsibility in the end – it feels quite perverse to stop doing it.”

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The show

Succession created a reputation for itself in its first season, going on to win an Emmy for best drama series in the second and a third season.

The show’s cast comprised some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including:

  • Brian Cox
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Nicholas Braun
  • Kieran Culkin
  • Matthew MacFayden
  • Sarah Snook

Among the numerous victors was Jesse Armstrong, who won an Emmy for scripting the series.

With the conclusion of Game of Thrones, HBO CEO Casey Bloys approved Succession as one of the network’s core shows.

The future of the franchise

Bloys remarked that the decision to end Succession will be taken by Armstrong, in keeping with his practice of allowing creatives to steer the series.

He also noted that, unlike other titles in recent years, Succession would not have a spinoff.

Jesse Armstrong, on the other hand, has stated that the idea of revisiting the Roy family is still on the table.

“I do think that this succession story that we were telling is complete,” he said.

“This is the muscular season to exhaust all our reserves of interest, and I think there’s some pain in all these characters that’s really strong.”

“But that feeling that there could be something else in an allied world, or allied characters, or some of the same characters – that’s also strong in me.”

“I have caveated the end of the show, when I’ve talked to some of my collaborators, like: maybe there’s another part of this world we could come back to, if there’s an appetite?”

“Maybe there’s something else that could be done, that harnessed what’s been good about the way we worked on this. So that is another true feeling.”

The Last of Us announce podcast to accompany the show

The Last of Us: Because of the upcoming HBO adaptation of the game, fans of The Last of Us are excited that 2023 is less than a week away.

HBO kept the excitement going by announcing a companion podcast for the show after the release of teaser pictures and an official trailer.

Troy Baker, who provided Joel’s voice in the video game, will make an appearance on the The Last of Us podcast.

Beyond the video game, Baker is involved in other projects.

He also plays a role in the show.

In addition, he’ll also host the podcast that accompanies it.

The show

The Last of Us is a 2013 PlayStation 3 video game that has been adapted into a television series by HBO.

Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal), a carpenter forced to become a smuggler, and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, will be the main protagonists of the television show.

Ellie is essential to understanding the Apocalypse, hence she plays a key part in both platforms.

The television adaptation of The Last of Us will cover the first game in the series, as well as its downloadable feature, The Last of Us: Left Behind.

Three weeks before the main plot’s events in Left Behind, Riley and Ellie’s relationship is featured.

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Troy Baker, who has been confirmed to play a new character for the show, will host the companion podcast, according to a statement from HBO Max.

The show’s creators, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, will go through each episode with Baker, scene by scene.

Although the first episode of the podcast hasn’t yet been released, many believe it will broadcast following the January 15 release of The Last of Us.

The Last of Us is not the first well-known television program to have a companion podcast produced.

In-depth podcasts by the production teams or the series’ stars on currently airing TV shows have become highly popular.

Craig Mazin, the co-creator of The Last of Us, is one of many who saw the value of podcasts.

He had previously made a significant contribution to the podcast that dissected each episode of the HBO miniseries The Chernobyl Podcast.

The Last of Us may have been inspired by the podcasting experience.

How the series varies from the game will likely be discussed on the podcast.

HBO podcasts

One of the big studios to benefit from the launch of a podcast companion to their show is HBO.

HBO also created companion podcasts for Succession and House of the Dragon in addition to Chernobyl.

The first season of the acclaimed show was covered in The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon, which featured several noteworthy guests, including co-creator Ryan Condal.

Meanwhile, HBO’s Succession Podcast delves deeper into the machinations of the Roy family.

With the aid of journalists, psychologists, and members of the show’s staff, to name a few, the podcast links the content to actual events.

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Other podcasts

The Office and the groundbreaking superhero series Smallville are two more well-known TV programs that have made the transition to podcasts.

Instead of the studios, the stars made the podcasts.

Office Ladies was conceived by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who respectively portrayed Pam Beesly and Angela Martin on the television sitcom The Office.

Producer Greg Daniels, actors Steve Carrell and John Krasinski, and more have appeared as guests on the show.

Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum co-host Talk Ville.

In the prequel series Smallville, the two actors played a young Clark Kent/Superman and Lex Luthor.

The Last of Us viewers will probably learn more about the show’s plot, characters, and other changes.

Additionally, once the companion podcast launches, they will discover some intriguing insider information.


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Negative reviews spoils the record breaking debut of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Amazon Prime Video has finally brought the long-awaited Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power, to record viewership.

The viewership

The premiere drew 25 million viewers worldwide, making it the biggest debut in Amazon Prime Video history.

The figures were published in a company press release.

“It is somehow fitting that Tolkien’s stories—among the most popular of all time and what many consider to be the true origin of the fantasy genre—have led us to this proud moment,” said head of Amazon Studio, Jennifer Salke.


The debut of The Rings of Power came at a difficult time as it faced stiff competition from the HBO series House of the Dragon.

The $465 million series, based on JRR Tolkien’s works, rivaled the Game of Thrones prequel series, which debuted with the highest score in HBO history.

House of the Dragon drew 9.986 million viewers through its HBO Linear and HBO Max streaming platforms.


Despite the promising numbers, The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power also faced criticism.

Although critics and fans of Peter Jackson films have praised the series, Rings of Power has been bombarded with negative reviews.

Since the show’s inception, many have criticized the casting decisions, especially the addition of black people.

Meanwhile, loyalists to the original source material have criticized the depiction of female dwarfs, pointing out the lack of beards depicted in books and films.


Variety reports that Amazon has taken unusual measures to delay The Rings of Power reviews by 72 hours in order to filter out trolls.

However, the show was reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 37% rating from users, while critics gave it an 84% rating.

Amazon Prime Videos plans to evaluate reviews to determine if they are legitimate opinions or come from a troll or bot.

The company adopted a similar plan when the A League of Their Own baseball series launched on August 12.

The strategy turned out to be fruitful, as the series received a rating of 4.3 (out of 5 stars) on the streaming platform, compared to 94% of Rotten Tomatoes reviewers.


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