Final season of ‘Succession’ leaves us wanting more

Only sharks associated with this show are the financial kind — no jumping

Where: Crave
What: Series, season 4, 10 episodes, 55 mins.
When: Sun., Mar. 26, new episodes weekly
Genre: Drama
Rating: NNNNN (out of 5)
Why you should watch: Like arriving at a dysfunctional family’s dinner, the raucous and rich Roy family is back, grandly self-sabotaging and indulging their privilege as only royalty or the super-wealthy can. The series remains fresh entering its fourth season and final season.

LIKE A CAR CRASH, the battling billionaire Roy family is back and we can’t look away as Season 4 debuts this Sunday on Crave.

The family’s led by petulant patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), who’s never been afraid to choose favourites among or pick fights with his kids. And choosing our favourite (or the one we dislike least) among Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Connor Roy (Alan Ruck) and Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) is part of the fun. It’s like watching the Royal Family: we get to have deeply held opinions about them but, ultimately, it’s just entertainment, nothing personal.

Unlike other longer-running streaming series, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, whose tepid final season debuts shortly, neither the story nor the actors on Succession appear to be running out of steam.

The first episode of the season opens as sharply and as engagingly as the last one ended when the Roy family was in the process of selling their giant media company. The deal, of course, has become complicated in the new season, and the children and their father are now battling with competing bids to retake the company as shifty son-in-law Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) attempts to straddle both camps.

And hapless cousin Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun) may or may not have a girlfriend.

The returning cast is all magnificent and if they haven’t lost interest in the roles, why should we? Even a one-episode preview of the new season is enough to see there’s plenty of story — and energy to tell it — left in Succession.

Sadly, this is the final season and, unlike so many other series, Succession has not overstayed its welcome. The only sharks associated with this series are financial ones and not ones that get jumped.