‘Succession’ Lives: 6 Entirely Serious Spinoff Ideas
‘Succession’ Lives: 6 Entirely Serious Spinoff Ideas

Like the rest of you, we here at VF are still trying to pull ourselves together after a bruising Succession series finale. It’s hard to believe that HBO’s Emmy magnet is actually done for good… especially since Kieran Culkin told us just one week ago that creator Jesse Armstrong had some “really awesome” ideas for a potential fifth season. But even if that can’t happen, the world of Succession is rich and layered enough to support any number of potential spinoffs. 

Now that the main series is kaput, could the Succession-verse press on via a Veep-esque single-camera comedy about Connor’s adventures in Slovenia? A limited series in which a certain P.R. maven launches his own firm, titled Hugo, Boss? A high-stakes, high-budget, Survivor-style reality competition called Boar on the Floor? The possibilities are endless. But we’ll start with these six ideas.

St. Stewy

Few supporting characters flip-flopped as much as Stewy Hosseini during Succession’s four-season run, and fewer still benefited so greatly from the one-liners hurled at them. (“You like pancakes and waffles and you kiss guys on molly,” Kendall sniped, setting Twitter ablaze.) But who is Arian Moayed’s fickle venture capitalist, really? This miniseries follows Stewy after the GoJo acquisition as he looks to the future—just as a ghost from his past resurfaces with a dangerous claim. He’s forced to make amends with Sandi (Hope Davis), who cast an opposing vote in Succession’s final board meeting, and confront others he’d crushed in his climb to the top. Might we meet a fresh-faced, college-aged Kendall Roy on that journey? Perhaps. But more importantly, Stewy’s time in the spotlight will prove precisely why the man who was “spiritually and emotionally and ethically and morally behind whoever wins” was always destined to be the real victor. —Tyler Breitfeller

Karolina in Hollywood

Let’s be honest: the Tom Wambsgans era at GoJo-Waystar-Royco is not going to last forever. So when Tom inevitably flames out, or Matsson loses interest and decides to replace him with a Danish supermodel, PR maven Karolina will be out the door as well— and freed up to lead another company with her inimitable combination of quiet reserve and killer instinct. And what institution could use her help more than the struggling Waystar Studios, with their expensive, doomed tentpole projects and the ex-studio head Joy Palmer (played still, of course, by Annabeth Gish) suing for wrongful termination after Roman dismissed her? Heading west to Los Angeles, freed of the Roys and Hugo but not the problems they created, Karolina arrives in Hollywood to show them what it really means to take no prisoners. —Katey Rich

Gerri’s Turn

“Gerri gets it,” Tom declares at the end of Succession’s series finale, surveying the longtime Waystar execs and considering who he’d want to keep on. “She’s not afraid of the dark.”

Cue the title card for Gerri’s Turn, the secretly-anticipated Succession spinoff in which J. Smith-Cameron’s character—emboldened by Logan’s death, Roman’s removal from her contact list, and all of that settlement money—does what she damn well pleases. Smith-Cameron has said, since the finale, that she sees a world in which Gerri happily returns to Waystar—“with an incredible pay increase,” natch—and puppeteers U.S. CEO Tom. In addition to seeing Gerri mop the floor with Tom, whip misogynist GoJo founder Matsson into shape, and breathe withering one-liners like fire, viewers will finally get to see how Gerri lives. Who are her romantic partners? What is her interior design style? What does she do when she takes that updo down? And most pressingly, how have those decades of Logan’s abuse and dark corporate secrets manifested themselves in Gerri’s personal life? —Julie Miller

Marcia Washington

Logan Roy’s widow has been enjoying her wealth in Milan—designer shopping, eating fabulous meals, taking young lovers—when she gets a surprising call: the Lebanese Charge d’Affaires to the United States, Ahmed Chehab (Tony Shalhoub), wants her to take a job as his social secretary. Marcia isn’t quite sure why she’s been asked to fill this seemingly frivolous role, but she suspects her intimate connections with the wealthy elite of the world have something to do with it. Bored with European flaneuring, Marcia warily accepts and buys a lovely townhouse in Georgetown. She soon finds herself ensconced in the power playing of Washington D.C., making a frenemy in conniving White House chief of staff Rhonda Nash (Kimberly Elise); coyly swatting away the flirtations of Indian attache Shekhar Jhaveri (Anil Kapoor); and negotiating the strange intrusions of paranoid, mercurial U.S. president Arlene Ritt (Melissa Leo). The final moments of the pilot reveal a shocking twist: Marcia has been assigned to work the above-ground galas and summits typical of the job, but also to ferret out a renegade mole hiding in the upper echelons of capital society. With an occasional appearance by Marcia’s politically ambitious stepson, Connor Roy, Marcia Washington is a glamorous thriller whose hero proves to be much more than just a wife. —Richard Lawson

Willa’s World

It’s approximately 6 to 8 months after the Succession finale. Willa’s play, First La-die—an experimental yet semi-autobiographical work inspired by both Connor’s presidential run and the death of Logan—becomes a critical and commercial success, running downtown at The Vineyard before transferring to the Circle in the Square theater on Broadway. But while Willa’s finally the toast of New York, her play causes ripples and waves in her already fractured family with everyone upset by her portrayal of them in the show. (Well, everyone except Connor. Connor loves it.) After years of observing the action from the sidelines, Willa and her cow-print couch are center stage. Will Willa’s success spell more disaster for the Roy family? It’s finally Willa’s World, and the Roys are all just living in it. —Chris Murphy

Succession: The Next Generation

It’s 15 years in the future. Lo Roy Wamsgans, Tom and Shiv’s daughter, is a sophomore at Constance Billard School in Manhattan. Shiv, her withholding mother, is now completely estranged from her brothers and in a loveless relationship with Tom—who, somehow, is still CEO of GoJo, with “Uncle Greg” as his right-hand man. While wandering around her family’s triplex penthouse apartment, Lo stumbles upon a cut up photo of Shiv, Roman, Kendall and Connor—the uncles she never knew. The photo sends her on a journey to find her estranged cousin, Sophie, an artist in Berlin; Iverson, a coder in Silicon Valley; and Roman’s secret lovechild, identity TBD. Succession: The Next Generation follows Lo as she tries to bring her fractured family back together, all while navigating high school as the progeny of one of New York’s most powerful and prominent families. —CM


Every episode follows Nan Pierce as she moseys around the Montecito Farmers Market, stuffing her NPR tote with locally foraged morels and $20 strawberries. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers. —Hillary Busis

Chris Murphy, Richard Lawson, Tyler Breitfeller, Katey Rich, Hillary Busis

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