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Succession season 3 premieres tonight: How to watch HBO's family feud

HBO's razor-sharp Emmy-winning drama returns with Alexander Skarsgard and Adrien Brody. Here's everything to know about the upcoming season.

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Brian Cox and Sarah Snook in Succession season 3. 

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Get ready for more deliciously disloyal family feuding as Succession season 3 descends toward a helipad near you with a premiere episode titled Secession. HBO's razor-sharp drama once again pits members of the Roy dynasty against one another in their never-ending acid-tongued battle, but will new faces Alexander Skarsgard and Adrien Brody help or hinder the family that loves to hate? Will Roman and Gerri get serious? And will Kendall treat us to another cringe-worthy rap? As we wait to find out, check out the latest trailer to see Logan go "full f***ing beast!"

Season 3 of Succession will see nervy heir Kendall Roy step up his battle against seemingly indestructible patriarch Logan Roy for control of the family-run media empire. Filming for the new series took place in New York and Italy in 2020 after delays and restrictions due to the pandemic so season 3 could meet an October release date on HBO and streaming service Max. Let the backstabbing commence!

Succession season 3 release date

Succession returns on Sunday Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. PT/ET. It'll air on HBO each Sunday, and you can expect to watch new episodes online via HBO Max, the premium network's subscription-only streaming service that includes the movies and shows seen on regular HBO, plus an extra streaming-only library of additional shows, movies and originals. There are nine episodes in Succession's third season.

How to watch Succession season 3 

If you have HBO as part of a cable package, you're all set. Streaming service HBO Max costs $15 a month without advertising or $10 a month supported by ads. Here's everything you need to know to sign up for HBO Max

In the UK, fans can watch the show on Sky Atlantic at the same time it broadcasts in the US or stream episodes on demand with the Sky Go app, accessible via Sky's packages and deals. Australian viewers can catch it on Binge. 

Succession season 3 trailer

With exactly a month to go, HBO released the trailer that provided the first look at Skarsgard and Brody, not to mention a bunch of signature barbs. "This life is not for everyone," growls Logan. "It's a number on a piece of paper. It's a fight for a knife in the mud!"

In July, HBO dropped a first teaser trailer, giving a glimpse of where the Roy family is going next. The new season ramps up the conflict as Kendall busts out a next-level betrayal of his father. "He's our dad, but he was going to send me to jail." "That sounds, like, kind of dramatic, Tom..." "Are you part of this family or not?" "Woah, Nelly!"

Succession season 3 plot

Spoiler alert: At the end of season 2, Kendall revealed to the world that Logan knew about the multifarious wrongdoings at Waystar RoyCo. "Following his bombshell presser, a righteous Kendall scrambles to find a base of operations, while Logan's team searches for safe harbor," reads HBO's description of episode 1. In the season 3 trailer, Logan lunges at his treacherous son as the battle between them heats up. Shiv is caught in between, while Tom and Cousin Greg engage in sparring of their own. Lines are drawn as the siblings both recruit each other and turn on each other in more twisted power games. 

The stars of the show gave a few hints at this year's Television Critics Association press tour, with Brian Cox comparing the show to Eugene O'Neill's acclaimed play Long Day's Journey into Night, while Jeremy Strong quoted Carl Jung.

Succession season 3 cast

Brian Cox once again towers over the series as patriarch Logan Roy. His potential successors include his scheming offspring: Jeremy Strong returns as Kendall, with Sarah Snook as Shiv, Kieran Culkin as the mischievous Roman and Alan Ruck as the clueless Connor. Nicholas Braun, recently seen in Zola, plays comical cousin Greg and Matthew Macfadyen is Shiv's dimwitted husband Tom. Behind them all, Hiam Abbass plays Marcia, Logan's ever-watchful wife.

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Succession's Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin roll up their sleeves for more sibling scheming on HBO.

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They'll be joined by Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood and Big Little Lies as a tech CEO, which sounds like a recipe for a face-off between new technology and the Waystar's old-school media monolith. Oscar-winner Adrien Brody from The Pianist and Peaky Blinders also wades into the boardroom battle as a billionaire investor.

There's no sign of previous recurring stars like Holly Hunter and Danny Huston, but there are several new faces. They include Sanaa Lathan from Love & Basketball, Family Guy and Nappily Ever After as a well-connected lawyer. 

Tony award-nominated actor Linda Emond plays a White House aide, while singer Jihae plays a PR consultant. Hope Davis will play Sandi Furness, daughter of Logan Roy's perennial rival Sandy Furness. Ella Rumpf from 2016 horror movie Raw also stars, as does actor, director and podcaster Dasha Nekrasova.

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