‘Succession’ Returns

What will we watch when it’s over?

This question has come up lately whenever I encounter a fellow fan of “Succession,” which begins its fourth and final season tomorrow. We confess to anticipatory grief, pre-missing the despicable, irresistible Roy family, only 10 episodes to go.

I wonder if this intensity of emotion isn’t only about our love of the show’s storytelling. The two years between the end of Season 2 (October 2019) and the beginning of Season 3 (October 2021) coincided roughly with the first two years of the pandemic, when we felt the absence of our pop-cultural security blankets acutely. The beginning of a new “Succession” season feels like an exhalation, a reprieve.

The show as “event,” as cultural phenomenon, a mixture of actual audience enthusiasm and marketing hype, is a curious thing. You can buckle up and go for the ride — marking premiere dates on your calendar, setting the DVR or planning a viewing party, dissecting each episode on group texts — or you can, thanks to iron will or just not caring about the show at hand, sit it out.

When you’ve opted out, the fuss seems amusing but trifling. I skipped the ongoing event that was “Game of Thrones” and was unmoved by the distant din of “can you believe this person vanquished/slept with/slayed that person/dragon?” that followed every episode. There was comfort in being indifferent, in conserving my curiosity and energy.

When you’re all in, it’s a different story. I’m basking now in the electricity that crackles between me and a fellow “Succession” enthusiast when we discuss our predictions for the new season. I love reminding people that the premiere is this weekend and hearing their sighs of relief, of “Finally!” I’m a completist, hoovering up all the profiles and behind-the-scenes gossip and podcast interviews. (I recommend this video of the 10 things the actor Jeremy Strong can’t live without from GQ and Hunter Harris’s on-location dispatch from Tuscany before last season, from New York Magazine.)

Of course there will be other good shows to watch. (“Couples Therapy,” a very good show that’s not what you think if you think it must be cheesy or tawdry as I did before getting totally engrossed, returns on April 28.) Even if many of the offerings on hand seem like thin broth compared with the nutrient-dense stew of “Succession,” we’ll find something else to feast on before long. Mourning a show’s imminent end is a bittersweet element of being a fan, as nourishing as preseason excitement and post-episode rehashing.

And if the prospect of saying goodbye forever seems too painful, there’s always this. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong kept hope alive: “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 was an appetite?” he said. “Maybe there’s something else that could be done, that harnessed what’s been good about the way we’ve worked on this.” A spinoff? A reunion? A one-off holiday special some day in the future? A fan can dream.

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Spring Minestrone With Kale and Pasta

There’s no better way to conjure spring at mealtime than by piling green things on your plate — or with this soup, in a pot. This is the moment each year in which I go wild with asparagus, kale, peas, dill — anything that banishes the blasé gray of a New York winter. Kay Chun’s fast spring soup does this brilliantly, with the thrilling addition of fresh ginger.


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Lauren Hard, Lauren Jackson, Claire Moses, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Tom Wright-Piersanti and Ashley Wu contributed to The Morning. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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