Succession creator Jesse Armstrong

Succession creator Jesse Armstrong

Succession Creator Jesse Armstrong initially feared the series would only have one season when it began – because it was too “small” a series for HBO.

The corporate satire has become one of the most talked-about global hits of the last decade, something the writer admits he could never have imagined when they began work on it in 2016.

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He said: “We had some good things happening to take us away from being just a little ‘hopeful and successful’ indie show. Adam McKay, who had just made The big bet came to direct it and then we hired Brian Cox.

Jesse Armstrong spoke about the hit show at the Edinburgh TV Festival and said he didn’t think they would be able to make more than one season (Shutterstock for Edinburgh Television Festival)

“It was a relatively small show in the HBO firmament and it seemed very possible that we would only get one season. I couldn’t imagine how that would end it all.”

The fourth and final season of the HBO series, which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic, came to a thrilling conclusion earlier this year to widespread acclaim and record-breaking ratings.

Succession followed the battles of American media mogul Logan Roy’s family as his children fought for control of his company, Waystar Royco.

Jesse Armstrong also said that while he enjoyed satirising “terrible” people like Logan Roy, he distanced himself from idolising such characters (Sky/HBO)

Played by Scottish actor Brian Cox, Roy has become one of the most iconic television characters in recent years, but Armstrong was unsure about the popularity of such an offensive character, known for his foul language and offensive behavior.

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Armstrong, who was also one of the leading writers of British political satire The bulk of itwith the equally controversial character Malcolm Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi, admits that he distances himself from the idolization of the characters’ “terrible” behavior.

Speaking at a special event at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Armstrong said: “People like Malcolm Tucker, it seems, and I don’t think that was the intention.

Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in 2009’s In The Loop, the spin-off of The Thick of It. (IFC Films)

“It’s a difficult area and there are many ways to like people. People like someone who takes control and has that strength to a certain extent, and there’s a complicated relationship to that kind of masculinity.

“It happened a lot with Logan Roy in Succession. People see something attractive in this version of masculinity.

“At a certain point, as a writer and a creative person, you have to say, ‘Wow, sorry, that’s not my problem. If you like Malcolm Tucker, that’s your fault, not mine,’” he joked.

Jesse Armstrong has admitted he is not working on any follow-up projects to the end of Succession (Shutterstock for Edinburgh TV Festival)

“When we talk about Logan Roy, with people worshiping him, and Malcolm Tucker’s horrible behavior, I still think it’s useful as a culture to reflect on things in culture.”

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The creator admitted that he is not working on any follow-up projects. Succession grand finale as he takes some time off to recover from the workload of running the show for the past four seasons.

He added: “It’s incredibly anxiety-provoking to do each season and look around the writers’ room and get more and more anxious to make a good season. I’m really looking forward to not having that feeling for a long time.”

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