HBO's Succession seemed to come out of nowhere. Created by British comedy writer Jesse Armstrong -- of Peep Show and The Thick of It fame -- the slick, slimy show about a dysfunctional family who own a global media empire quickly became our summer obsession. It's hard not to fall under the Roy family's spell; they're so enticingly dramatic and duplicitous that Succession feels at times like a soap opera, at other times like a horror movie, and still others like a screwball comedy.
Brian Cox stars as Logan Roy, a Rupert Murdoch-like media titan, who reveals his plans to leave the family company -- an empire that spans newspapers, TV stations, and even theme parks -- but walks back on that promise after his ambitious son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) shows interest in taking over. Also involved in the family's in-fighting is Logan's daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook), other sons Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck), wife Marcy (Hiam Abbass), and great-nephew Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun).
The show is a dark comedy in the vein of Armstrong's other projects, with a handsome pedigree: Oscar-nominated director Adam McKay directed the pilot, and executive produces alongside newspaper columnist Frank Rich and actor Will Ferrell. That street cred, coupled with the show's inherent watchability, made Succession a breakout hit this summer. We can't wait for it to come back, but until it does, here's everything we know about season 2.