Jeremy Strong Is “Happily” Done With ‘Succession’ Despite “Desire For More”

Don’t expect to see Jeremy Strong at the next Roy family reunion.

The Golden Globe winner said any said any possibility of a Succession revival has been “happily put to rest” for him more than a year after the critically-acclaimed HBO series ended its four-season run.

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“I’m sure there’s a desire for more [Succession]. I would really pass that buck to [creator] Jesse Armstrong,” he told People ahead of the 77th Tony Awards.

“But I think in terms of the role that I played, he came to his terminal point,” added Strong. “So for me, that’s something that is very happily put to rest.”

Strong won his first Emmy Award and Golden Globe for starring as Kendall Roy on Succession, which followed the grown Roy children (Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin) as they fought for the keys to their father Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) media empire, Waystar Royco.

Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin in a scene from 'Succession'
Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin in a scene from ‘Succession’

Following the show’s May 2023 finale, Strong explained to Deadline how hard it is to separate himself from the character of Kendall.

“He is me, and I am him. It’s hard for me to extricate myself from that or look at him in any other way,” said Strong. “He’s this concatenation of all these misfires and abortive attempts and a kind of desperate wanting. He’s kind of the embodiment of it, you know? The full catastrophe of the tragedy of ambition. To me, and I’ve said this before, the show could have been called The Inexorable Death of Kendall Roy.”

Strong also commented on the finality of his storyline after Kendall’s longtime aspirations of becoming CEO were dashed. “I think that this is different from all the other times we’ve seen him try and fail, all the times we’ve seen him lose again and again and again,” he said.

“Before, he’s always been able to get back up. This time is different, because the loss is total on all sides. He’s lost everything,” added Strong. “He’s lost his children. He’s lost his marriage. He’s lost his love. He’s lost his father. He’s lost his siblings, and he’s lost the only thing he ever wanted. That thing, that job, that role, was the only thing, is his reason for being. And personally, I thought that was an extinction-level event and there’s no coming back from it. He’s lost his soul.”

Since the Succession finale, Strong has returned to Broadway in an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, for which he’s earned his first Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play.

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