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Succession Season 3 premiere: Logan and Kendall both regroup amid a family civil war

The Roy family and their WayCorp conglomerate have been left in shambles in the Season 3 premiere of Succession, after the bombshell in the Season 2 finale.

Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) dropped a bombshell in the Season 2 finale, exposing his father as complicit in sexual abuse and other allegations.

As Season 3 begins, both Kendall and his legendary father Logan Roy (Brian Cox) both struggle to find their footing as a the Roy family wages civil war on each other. 

Shambles: The Roy family and their WayCorp conglomerate have been left in shambles in the Season 3 premiere of Succession, after the bombshell in the Season 2 finale

Bombshell: Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) dropped a bombshell in the Season 2 finale, exposing his father as complicit in sexual abuse and other allegations

Bombshell: Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) dropped a bombshell in the Season 2 finale, exposing his father as complicit in sexual abuse and other allegations

The episode begins with Logan in a helicopter circling some mountains as they land in a wooded retreat.

Kendall is seen trying to calm himself down in a bathroom while Greg (Nicholas Braun) waits for them.

Logan lands with the rest of his team and his family, with Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) revealing that Logan spent a lot of time on the helicopter ride talking about his mother.

Greg asks Kendall if he’s OK and he comes out and talks about ‘action stations’ and has them ‘get into this’ as the title sequence rolls.

The episode, written by series creator Jesse Armstrong and directed by Mark Mylod, continues with Kendall starting to lay out his strategy to Greg and Jess (Juliana Canfield).

Jess adds that they are in a company vehicle, adding he probably doesn’t work for the company anymore after his bombshell announcement in the Season 2 finale.

Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are with their father’s team and watching footage of Kendall, as Roman asks Shiv what she thinks of all this.

She says she thinks they should back dad… but what she’s really thinking is he’s toast.

Hugo (Fisher Stevens) tries to figure out a strategy when Logan asks the kids if they knew Kendall was going to do that.

Roman adds Kendall is ‘mentally insane’ as Logan asks where his phone is.

Kendall is driving as Jess answers a call from Logan as they trade barbs through Jess, with Kendall telling him to step aside to avoid jail time.

Logan tells the team that he gave Kendall a chance, as Gerri suggests calling the Department of Justice, as Logan asks if they cooperate with the government.

Gerri says they don’t know what they have so they have to play ball as Roman suggests destroying Kendall.

Logan wonders if they admit wrongdoing there are ‘billions out the door,’ with Logan suggesting they get the President.

Greg tells Kendall that he is the ‘number one trending topic on Twitter’ and that the Pope followed him… but it doesn’t seem to be the real pope.

Kendall calls Frank (Peter Friedman) telling him that there is a place for him at the company he’s going to be running.

Gerri tells Logan that the President is supportive, and tells the President’s person that he’s not asking for favors.

She asks if there any danger of the government going after them but it’s unclear.

They get to the airfield as Kendall calls Shiv but she doesn’t say anything as Greg tells Kendall that the internet traffic is ‘positive.’

Jess tells him that they’re trying to cancel his access as Greg says this is just like OJ except for for not killing anybody.

Logan asks for a lawyer and Gerri suggests Lisa Arthur, who is played by new cast member Sanaa Lathan.

Logan sends Shiv, Logan and Gerri back to New York and asks Conner to ‘hold down the fort’ so to speak.

Conner tells his girlfriend Willa (Julia Lupe) about exploiting the ‘hate-watch’ angle of her play which could be lucrative.

It seems that Shiv and Tom (Matthew McFadyen) are still working through their marital issues after a tense conversation on the airfield.

Tom revealed in the Season 2 finale that he has been ‘unhappy’ with her for some time because she said on their wedding day that she wanted an open relationship.

Kendall goes to visit Rava (Natalie Gold) asking if they can use her home as a base of sorts for now, since he’s out of options.

They talk about how he ‘really did it,’ meaning he went after his dad, with Kendall saying the press are swarming him and he needs a ‘hidey hole’ for now.

She admits that she hasn’t watched the video but people are saying good things and he says she should watch it.

In another twist, Kendall says he’s going after Lisa Arthur – the same lawyer that Logan is going after.

Logan meets with his team on the plane and reveals he will step back ass CEO, but he still expects to have input.

He says he doesn’t give a f**k who is named as the temporary CEO, as Karl suggests himself, which Frank thinks is hilarious.

Logan thinks Frank isn’t to be trusted, with Logan suggesting Roman or Gerri, as Tom goes to the bathroom and calls Shiv.

He asks if she wants CEO and she says she does, telling Tom to ‘hustle’ for her so she can get it.

Gerri says Frank called her and says there are a number of candidates being talked about.

Greg tells the new media monitors that his mother (Mary Birdsong) was cut off after Kendall made his announcement.

They think he’s going to win this thing, and they like winners.

Logan arrives in Sarajevo where he asks Frank if Gerri is clean, as Tom chimes in and says he likes her and Roman, but Logan says what about him.

He thinks the job is ‘too rich’ as Logan makes it clear that whoever he names, Logan will still be pulling the strings.

Roman calls Logan and he says he thinks the job should be his, adding, ‘I want it and I think he can do it.’

‘I think it should be me, but if you don’t think I’m ready, which I would understand, maybe a couple of years under the wing under an older hen could see me break out of the egg,’ Roman says.

He also suggests Gerri for the job and makes it clear that he does want the top job.

When Logan hangs up the phone, Logan immediately says, ‘Roman is out.’

Logan calls Shiv, though their conversation is not heard, but Shiv reveals he named her as CEO.

Shiv goes to meet with Lisa the lawyer, who says she can’t act for her dad, but Shiv says she wants to talk about something else.

She says she could use a friend with legal training to find herself navigating her new position, but Lisa says that’s not what she does.

Shiv gives her a pitch and Lisa stops her saying she can’t give advice and she shouldn’t give her any confidential information… ultimately revealing she’s working with Kendall.

Logan finds himself in the hotel with Gerri and starts flirting with her again, telling her no one would know, but she gets a call from Logan.

Gerri tells Logan that she’s CEO because Shiv blew it with Lisa, as Roman congratulates her.

Logan calls Shiv that she’s out as CEO and she tells her driver there has been a change of plan and they turn around.

Kendall talks with Rava as LIsa and Keith arrive along with his new girlfriend Naomi (Annabelle Dexter-Jones).

Kendall tells Lisa that his dad has gone to Sarajevo, with Kendall saying his dad runs a crime ring, but Lisa isn’t sure.

She asks if the government has reached out for the documents as Rava gets mad about Greg opening a bottle of women.

Back in Logan’s war room Logan is getting agitated when Kendall calls him, but he hands the call to Frank.

Frank says it’s not a big deal but he tells him them that Lisa is going to represent Kendall, as Logan says, ‘We’ll f***ing beast them. We’ll go full f***ing beast’ as the episode comes to an end.

The preview for next week’s episode reveals Kendall telling Logan that he’s a better man as Kendall reunites with his siblings with an explosive confrontation.

Season 2 ended with the Roy family heading into a proxy battle after Logan failed to secure funding to take the company private. 

Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family’s cruise lines.

Kendall threw everyone a major curveball, though, revealing at the press conference that his father knew everything and orchestrated the millions of dollars in payouts to the victims to keep  everything quiet.

Clean-up: Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family's cruise lines

Clean-up: Logan decided to announce a clean-up with Kendall taking the fall for the massive sexual abuse scandal that happened on the family’s cruise lines

This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall’s bombshell announcement. 

The trailers have teased that the family has been divided with most abandoning Logan, as they near the pivotal shareholder’s meeting where the family could lose the company to Stewy (Arian Moayed) and Sandy Furness (Larry Pine).

Kendall reveals in one of the trailers that he wants to take down his father, but he also doesn’t want the family to lose control of the company.

Logan: This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall's bombshell announcement

Logan: This new season will find Logan trying to secure familial and political allies in the aftermath of Kendall’s bombshell announcement

There will also be a few new characters thrown into the mix this season, played by Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgard and Hope Davis.

Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar.’

Skarsgard plays Lukas Matsson, described as a, ‘successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.’

New: Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, 'a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar'

New: Brody will portray Josh Aaronson, described as, ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar’

Davis plays Sandi Furness, the daughter of Logan Roy’s longtime rival Sandy Furness.

Other new characters include Sanaa Lathan as Lisa Arthur, ‘a high profile well-connected New York lawyer,’ Linda Emond as Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, ‘a senior White House aide,’ and Jihae Kim as Berry Schneider, ‘a leading Public Relations consultant,’ all in recurring roles.

The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO. 

New season: The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO

New season: The nine-episode Season 3 of Succession will air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO


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