Jeremy Strong Content to Exit 'Succession', Craves More

Jeremy Strong reflects on his profound role in 'Succession'.

by Nouman Rasool
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Jeremy Strong Content to Exit 'Succession', Craves More
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Jeremy Strong, an actor by profession and a renowned name in the industry with Golden Globe and Emmy awards, has now drawn the line for his character as Kendall Roy in 'Succession', more than a year since the fourth season of the magnificent HBO series concluded.

In an interview with People magazine at the 77th Tony Awards, Strong reflected his feelings about the show ending, stating that the story he knew is over. "I'm sure there’s a desire for more Succession," he remarked, deferring further speculation to the series creator, Jesse Armstrong.

He elaborated on his character’s journey: "But I think in terms of my role, he came to his terminal point. So, for me, it is very happily put to rest. Strong's portrayal of Kendall Roy, the middle son jockeying for control of his father's media conglomerate, Waystar Royco, is a career-defining role.

His strive and finally failure to wrench the position of CEO were central to bringing out some of the series' most touching moments.

Kendall's Tragic Echo

Strong shared a profound personal connection to Kendall during Deadline reflection in the aftermath of the show's final episode in May 2023.

"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," he explained. Kendall represents a tragic figure, embodying the catastrophic consequences of unfulfilled ambition, a theme Strong vividly captured throughout the series.

The series finale marked a monumental loss for Kendall, stripping him of his family, love, and his lifelong ambition, leaving him utterly defeated—a stark contrast to his previous resilience. "Before, he’s always been able to get back up.

This time is different, because the loss is total on all sides," Strong detailed. As Strong interpreted, this culmination of Kendall's journey was akin to an 'extinction-level event,' signifying a point of no return for his character.

In his post-"Succession" stage work, Strong has not stayed away but moved back to the boards. He is now on Broadway in Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," which received his first Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play.

This newly emerged role again proves Strong to be very flexible and skilled with strong, deep, complex characters, further revealing that he is a force to be reckoned with in both TV and theater. As he moves forward, the legacy of Kendall Roy remains a pivotal point in his career, encapsulating a profound narrative of power and downfall that resonates with audiences and critics alike.

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