Brian Cox reveals how Succession cast felt when they found out show was ending
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Brian Cox has revealed how the cast of Succession felt when they found out the show was ending, with some of them only being delivered the bombshell at the final table read.
The hugely popular black comedy-drama is coming to a close with its fourth and final season, which premieres today (Monday 27 March) on NOW.
It follows the dramas of the filthy rich Roy family, who own global media and conglomerate giant Waystar RoyCo, as they fight among themselves for power and control of the empire.
The series, which features the likes of Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun, has become a firm favourite among viewers and critics alike, thanks to its razor-sharp script and love-to-hate characters.
But after years at the top since launching in 2018, it’s now bowing out gracefully with series four – something that many of the cast only found out when they had one last table read.
After creator Jesse Armstrong confirmed the forthcoming season would be the last, Snook, who plays Shiv Roy, said she didn’t receive the official word on the show ending until their final read-through in January.
“I was very upset,” she told The Los Angeles Times.
“I felt a huge sense of loss, disappointment and sadness. It would have been nice to know at the beginning of the season, but I also understand not being told until the end because there was still a potential that maybe this wasn’t going to be the end.”
Brian Cox has now spoken out about how the cast felt finding out the Succession was ending, having spilled the beans at a Q&A LADbible attended at the London Stock Exchange ahead of the season four premiere.
Cox admitted there was an inevitable ‘sadness’, but that ultimately he believes the time is right.
“It’s the ending that is the right ending for the show,” he said, acknowledging that ‘there’s a shelf life of the show’.
“Jesse Armstrong knew he wanted to finish the show,” Cox added.
But the actor said Armstrong was also ‘sad’ - something that left the cast wondering: “If it was so sad, why did you f**king finish it?”
However, it seems there wasn't actually any bad blood.
Cox continued: “It was sad. The final get together was the premiere. It was touching.
“There we were - that unit that we’d created all over the years.”
As for what he’ll miss the most about working on the programme, Cox said: “The cast and crew.”
The fourth and final season of Succession premieres on NOW on Monday 27 March.
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