When we first meet Cousin Greg, he’s got the maturity level of a high schooler. He’s a man-child with shaggy hair and rumpled, ill-fitting clothes, and a predilection for getting high on the job as a costumed mascot at one of the Waystar theme parks. But as he’s brought into the Roy family’s inner circle — even though everyone still treats him as a punchline and a punching bag — that all starts to change. Those subtle aesthetic and physical changes are no accident, either, as you would expect from a show as tightly written and detail-oriented as “Succession.” As Nicholas Braun told The A.V. Club in an interview last June:
“I like to be intentional about all the physical aspects along with the writing in how [Greg] becomes more confident. It’s about the hair, the quality of the suits. … If the suit is baggier, it’s a sloppier guy. It’s literally down to the length and knot of the tie, the quality of the shoes, or where you part your hair. […] His posture and voice evolve, he’s not stuttering so much. Vocally, I can’t be in the lower register like the rest of the room. I have to be higher, kind of like a ‘look over here’ vibe.”
Given the way Greg’s fashion sense, style, and cunning have skyrocketed across the first three seasons, we can’t wait to see the next stage of his metamorphosis. Maybe season 4 — premiering March 26 on HBO and HBO Max — will be the year in which he finds his final form.