We were already privy to a Season Two Trailer and an announcement of a 2019 premiere, but now we locked in an actual date to commence once again with the nasty dealings of the Roy clan. We got clarification that the sophomore season would debut on SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, not via an HBO press release bit through Entertainment Weekly. Straight from its “What To Watch Summer TV” piece the premiere date was revealed. Oh, look who is on the cover!
Anyway, back to the Roy’s tale of taking the throne. HBO has the following details to offer.
SUCCESSION returns for its second season this August, exclusively on HBO. Created by Oscar and WGA nominee Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop), with the pilot written by Armstrong and directed by Oscar-winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), SUCCESSION launched its ten-episode first season in 2018. Beginning where season one dramatically left off, season two follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. The season two cast includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, Rob Yang, J. Smith Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk and Arian Moayed. Season two credits: SUCCESSION was created by Jesse Armstrong; executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod and Tony Roche. Jesse Armstrong serves as showrunner.
Adam McKay dropped this little tidbit about the upcoming season to IndieWire centered around Tom Roy and Shiv’s relationship. “His uncertainty about the open relationship continues. He just can’t get his head around what it means. […] Every time he sees her, you can tell he’s thinking, ‘Did she just sleep with someone?’ ‘Am I supposed to be sleeping with someone?’ ‘Is this OK?’ ‘Why do I feel crappy?’” He also wanted to heap on a bit of praise on Matthew MacFadyen who plays Tom. McKay states, “I think the biggest surprise was Matthew Macfadyen. I knew he was good, I’d seen his work, I knew he could be funny, and then he was even better. Right away, that funny thing between him and Braun, where they just gravitated toward each other — every day, I’d have to make myself move on because I was laughing so hard.” Evidence of his talent is clear in that Season Two trailer as well.
Lastly, another role to look forward to in the second season is the recurring appearance of Holly Hunter (HBO’s HERE AND NOW). Hunter will play Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate who will, no doubt, be a thorn in the Roy agenda. Mark the calendar for 08.11.19 when a more modern clash for power than the one on Westeros begins again. SUCCESSION.