Sarah Snook didn’t know the “succession” was ending until the final table was read
“I felt a tremendous sense of loss, disappointment and sadness,” Snooks said. “It would have been nice to know at the beginning of the season.”
As “The Successor” prepares to begin its final season on HBO next Sunday, TV lovers around the world are preparing for a painful farewell. Jesse Armstrong’s satirical drama has become one of the most beloved shows on television, and its ending is sure to be a painful adjustment — for fans and cast alike.
The show’s famously colorful cast have been very open about how they’re mourning the end of the show. Jeremy Strong said it feels like death, while Brian Cox has more or less come to terms with the news (although he says he’ll “miss the bonhomie” on set). Sarah Snook is now ready to share her thoughts on the show ending.
In a new interview with Los Angeles Times, Snook opened up about saying goodbye to her character Shiv Roy. He revealed that he wasn’t told the show was ending until he walked up to the table for the final episode. He recalled being shocked by the news that the story was coming to an end, but he understood why Armstrong justified the ambiguity.
“I was very nervous,” she said. “I felt a huge sense of loss, disappointment and sadness. It would have been nice to know at the beginning of the season, but I also understand that they wouldn’t tell us until the end, because there was still the possibility that it might not be the end.”
Echoing sentiments previously expressed by her co-stars, Snook said that while she will miss working on the show, it’s ultimately a good thing that the show is still going strong.
“Emotionally, we were all not ready to end the show because we love each other so much,” she said. “But everything must come to an end, and it’s smart not to let something become a parody of itself.”
Snook has always been open about the low-key nature of the “succession” cast. He famously turned down the role of Shiv Roy when it was first offered to him because he thought the show focused too much on male characters. She changed her mind at the last minute and used the opportunity to advocate for a more nuanced portrayal of women in the business world.
“When I was first offered the role, I said no,” Snook said in 2022. “Thanks to blind faith, I thought, ‘Well, creatives are interesting. You might be the only woman in the pilot, but that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily pushed out, and maybe that’s an opportunity to just fight for female characters.”
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