The final season of Succession placed the Roy family in the position they never wanted to be in, but one they were destined for from the pilot — needing to find an immediate successor to Logan Roy (Brian Cox) as the Chief Executive Officer of Waystar Royco. While the fourth and final season did a good job of bringing the main characters to a comfortable position to end the story, Jesse Armstrong had a few options for how the final episodes following the Roy family were going to play out. In an article he wrote for Vulture, Armstrong talked about how he was considering structuring the conclusion to the series, before settling on what was actually seen on television. He said:
Succession went out on top with a widely lauded series finale capping off Season 4. But that wasn’t always the plan, according to Jesse Armstrong.