‘Succession’ Creator on the Season 3 Ending, Cliffhangers, and Children’s Books

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Succession” Season 3, including the ending.]Much has been made over “Succession’s” love for literary references.

From the poem that’s inspired titles for each of the three finales, to the HBO series’ many ties to Greek mythology, showrunner Jesse Armstrong and his incredible team are always eager to pay their respects to the master storytellers who preceded them — including, in Season 3, Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Just take a look at the opening lines of their 1986 children’s book “The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday.”At the first big partywe sometimes forget,that the birthday bearmay end up upset.Could there be a simpler, more elegant framework for “Succession” Season 3’s seventh episode? Just look to the entry’s title, “Too Much Birthday,” for your answer.

Armstrong & Co.

scattered even more telling works intended for children throughout this year’s nine-episode saga, including one to kick off the finale,

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