CM – “Succession” team on the Roy family’s motives for the war: money, power and, yes, love


If you’re trying to explain HBO’s Emmy-winning drama series « Succession » to a friend, you will find it difficult to avoid the idea that it is essentially the story of a family whose members are constantly around taking on a position is wrestling the reins of a billion-dollar media empire – a horror story of 0.1 percent of people trying to secure their financial future with whatever means necessary.

Several members of the « Succession » family, including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen and Kieran Culkin, and creator Jesse Armstrong attended Wednesday morning as part of the Television Critics Association’s virtual summer press tour (as it took place on the first day of fall) and discussed the upcoming season of the show, slated to return on October 17th.


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“I almost never think of them as rich. I just never think of that. It’s not about that, « said Culkin, who appears on the series as Roman Roy, the youngest of the larger Logan Roy broods.

Culkin pointed out that money for Roman is simply a way of life. Since he was never without it, it was a non-factor in every way.

“Is it the money that is harmful in the family? Or is it not about the money? Is it about lack of love and affection or something else? Do you know, is that the driver? Or is it just a dysfunctional family? « 

The last time we saw the (extremely dysfunctional) Roy family, Kendall Roy (Strong) dated his father Logan during the finale of the series’ critically acclaimed second season (Cox) went to war and blamed him amid a massive press conference. Season 3 wastes no time picking up on things where the previous season left off.

As it turns out, both Strong and Cox have strong feelings about what is really at the heart of the series and what drives all the conflict in it .

« I don’t think it’s any different from any family, » said Cox, the elderly statesman, of the idea that money is the corrosive element within the Roy dynasty. “I think the conditions are the conditions and you have to stick to the conditions. Unfortunately, people identify with the conditions and sometimes don’t see what’s really going on. « 

 » When we started working on it five years ago, I read something, something that [the psychologist and psychoanalyst Carl ] Jung had said: Where there is absence of love, power fills the vacuum, ”said Strong. “And I think, I think about these things, I think about love and power and where they are on the indices. [With] power, it’s not necessarily monetary, but there is something that makes up for the lack of love that sometimes drives us in different directions. Which feels pretty Shakespeare to me. ”

What viewers can expect from the rest of the season, details are sparse – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. For those hoping Season 3 will be Greg (Brown) ‘s year, Armstrong gently advised the idea off, saying that each of his coworkers was mouth watering, but they are not performing with the intention of performing focus on a single character.

« Successor » Season 3 premieres on Sunday, October 17th at 9pm. ET on HBO. See the trailer for the new season here.

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