Brian Cox reflects on the final season of Succession, what he would do differently

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At the beginning of Succession season 4, Brian CoxLogan Roy, who until then was the main character of the series, died. The move shocked fans and set the series up for an unpredictable final run of episodes. Now, Cox reveals that he feels killing Roy was a little early.

Speaking to BBC News’ Amol Rajan (via The Hollywood Reporter) ahead of this week’s Succession series finale, Cox said he was fine with Roy’s death because of how it happened in “a pretty brilliant way.” The actor said, however, that he felt “rejected” for leaving the show so early in the fourth season.

“I was fine with it ultimately, but I felt a bit rejected. You know, I kind of felt like, oh, all the work that I’ve done and I’m finally going to, you know, end up like an ear on the carpet on a plane,” Cox joked.

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Roy’s death on the show had always been planned by creator Jesse Armstrong. According to Armstrong on the Succession podcast, the team behind the series chose an earlier episode to explore the aftermath of such an event.

“He was always going to die. I felt like that had to happen,” Armstrong told host Kara Swisher. “That was always coded once we decided it would be the final season. Occasionally, when I was freaking out about what the ending would be, I’d think that most tragedies end with death at the end and we go back and look at it as a form. But really it was this feeling of wanting to see how they would manage afterwards that prevailed.”

What is the Succession about?

Succession follows the story of the Roy family, Logan Roy and his four sons, who control one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates. The series follows their lives as they contemplate what the future holds once their aging father retires from the company.

“In season four, the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson draws ever closer,” reads the season synopsis. “The prospect of this seismic sale causes existential angst and family division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will be like once the deal is complete. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs a future in which its cultural and political weight is severely reduced.

The series stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, J. Smith-Cameron, Peter Friedman, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Cherry Jones, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen Root. and more.

The Emmy-winning series is created and executive produced by showrunner Jesse Armstrong. Other executive producers include Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy, and Will Ferrell.

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