What will the plot be?
Season 1 of Succession ended with a bang. Kendall Roy was planning an aggressive takeover of the family company, but wound up doing a Chappaquiddick, accidentally killing a young waiter in a car crash while out looking for drugs and driving drunk during Shiv and Tom's wedding reception. Logan, who learns about the boy's death, offers his son a deal: He can make it so the crime never happened as long as Kendall stops pursuing the company's top spot. Kendall breaks down in his father's arms and the two share a tender moment, but it's unclear what will happen next. If Kendall takes his father's offer, which seems most likely, he'll be working under him for the foreseeable future. But if he doesn't, he'll undoubtedly face jail time.
Season 2 kicks off still reeling from this incident, according to THR. Matthew Macfdayen, who plays Tom, said, "Now that Logan has sort of got Kendall under his thumb really, it's where it goes with that." As for other members of the Roy family, THR notes Shiv (Sarah Snook) is attempting to get her hands on a promotion while managing leftist politician Gil Eavis's (Eric Bogosian) presidential campaign, and Tom lands a high position at the family's Fox News-like network.
Of Tom's new slimy role, Matthew Macfadyen told THR, "He's aware it's a right wing thing, but he's very pleased to be shimmying up the greasy pole." This is likely where the family is going to clash with Holly Hunter's liberal media tycoon personality, and what, in part, could lead to them being forced to testify before a Senate committee hearing -- a plot point reportedly featured in the upcoming season.
While the personal and professional often mix for the Roys, Macfadyen told THR a bit more about what to expect from his character's marriage with Shiv. "At the end of the last season, they reached a business arrangement for the marriage, which he sort of struggles with in the second season," he said. "That's all really good fun to play. They do have a plan. She's in the world of politics and their business model is that she pursues that, maybe even toward the White House, and then he's still shimmying up the greasy pole at work." He added, "I think Tom is just trying to cope with this new [open] marriage. He's looking at it like, 'Have you had sex with someone else? Are you allowed to do that? Am I allowed to do that? I don't really want to do that.' And that's all ripe for hilarity."
Where is Season 2 set?
Of course, Succession will always hail from the wealthy, upper crust of Manhattan, meaning many NYC board room meetings and brownstone scenes to come -- but as last season saw a number of destinations like New Mexico and Scotland, so does round two. This time around, production went all in with scenes in the Hamptons (an inevitable pick), as well as Iceland and Croatia. What the Roys will be doing there -- vacationing? Escaping trial and media damnation? -- TBD.