Succession creator Jesse Armstrong has confirmed that early scripts for the show were based on the Murdoch family.
The HBO show centred on the Roy family, the owners of a global media company, with fans noting the parallels with the Murdoch group, who own NewsCorp.
With the show now concluded following the fourth season, Armstrong revealed to a live audience at the Edinburgh TV Festival that early editions of the script were based on the media conglomerate.
"I wrote a script about Rupert Murdoch and his family – the real people, which was the predecessor," he said (via The Independent). "[It was a] distinct entity that started at Channel 4 as a sort of docu-drama and it evolved into a sort of screenplay."
The show's explosive finale earlier this year left some questions about certain characters, but lead star Brian Cox recently revealed that he pretends his character suffered a different fate altogether.
"I actually pretend that he's not dead, that he just disappeared," he said. "I never watched that, by the way. I haven't seen that episode. I don't see very many of them, to be honest with you. It's bad enough doing it, without having to watch it.
"I've never liked watching myself for a start and, somehow or another, because of what happened to Logan, I've been disinclined to watch the rest."
"I knew how it was going to end because I knew that Logan had already set it up and so I gather Logan's won through, even though he's in the grave. But it's a strange situation, I don't cling on to thing," he added.
"When I'm over, it's over, and I go on, and I find that with this show, which has been a great show, it's been one of the great shows of all time, especially for me."
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