Starting filming for Succession Season 2 was like entering "the ninth circle of hell" for Jeremy Strong. If you saw the Succession Season 1 finale, you know why -- his character, Kendall Roy, accidentally killed someone. Strong made Kendall's burden his own, going deep with his acting in a way the fools at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards ignored, but Succession fans appreciated.
Now that Succession Season 3 filming is reportedly starting this spring 2020 for a late summer premiere on HBO, Jeremy Strong is in a much better headspace. Because so is Kendall.
That's what Jeremy Strong told EW in a great Q&A with co-stars Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, who play Kendall's siblings Siobhan and Roman Roy. Kendall Roy really went through the ringer all season long, and Strong struggled with that on a personal level. He related to that earnest and heartfelt moment between Kendall and Shiv, when Ken went in for a surprise hug:
Wow, Jeremy Strong clearly took himself to a dark place to make Succession Season 2, and I am of the opinion that the Golden Globes Best Actor nomination that went to Game of Thrones' Kit Harington should've had Jeremy Strong's name on it. He delivered on every level.
But on the flip side, the fan appreciation for Succession keeps growing and growing to the point where it could threaten to be a distraction. For example, people dressed as Kendall in his "LOG" rap shirt for Halloween! And Strong said he's working with Steven Spielberg now and all the legend could talk to him about was the Season 2 finale.
Speaking of the Succession Season 2 finale, Shiv and Roman did not know Kendall was going to do off-script at the big press conference. Jeremy Strong said he knew well in advance but tried to bury it in his mind. He also said he thought he and show creator Jesse Armstrong might have different takes on why Kendall decided to sell his father Logan Roy (Brian Cox) out. To Strong, it wasn't so much the idea of becoming the killer Logan wanted, but making a moral decision.
Kendall Roy's press conference cut to Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) reportedly holding evidence of Logan Roy's complicity in the cruise ships scandal.
Plus, Ken had spent all season guilt-ridden over the death of Andrew Dodds, the young man Logan had fired in Season 1 before drug-addled Ken got him killed. Logan dismissed the kid as "No Real Person Involved." To me, that was the final straw for Kendall.
The Succession Season 2 finale ended with Logan Roy's enigmatic little smile in reaction to the press conference. Brian Cox said told Vulture Logan was setting Kendall up to become the man he has not been, saying there was "a certain inevitability" to the finale. He added to Deadline that the smile/smirk "reflects that the boy has finally grown up. He’s finally taking some kind of positive action."
Where do things go from here in Succession Season 3? In late November 2019, Succession writer and co-executive producer Lucy Prebble told Deadline the writers had started working on Season 3, which would likely film in the spring for another summer air date to follow the first two seasons.
As we wait for Succession Season 3 to film, then give us a trailer and premiere date, keep up with everything premiering in early 2020 with our handy TV schedule.
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