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A ‘Succession’ Writer Originally Wanted Cousin Greg to Be Gay

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Succession favorite Cousin Greg could’ve come out as gay, according to writer Georgia Pritchett.

Played by Emmy Award nominee Nicholas Braun, the tall and timid, yet gradually conniving, character mixes with some real sharks in Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfayden), Logan Roy (Brian Fox), Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) and Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), with Pritchett credited as the sole writer of four episodes across three seasons.

In a recent chat on the Homo Sapiens podcast, Pritchett lifted the lid on her thoughts about the Roy family, and how the characters have developed over the years.

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“It’s interesting how characters take on a life of their own,” Pritchett noted. “I had sort of advocated for Greg to be gay – until last season he hadn’t really done anything with anyone.”

According to Pritchett, the Roy children, in particular, move “in a circle where I think anything goes”.

“I don’t think anyone’s closeted or not gonna do what they want to do,” she continued, before also noting how Culkin’s character in particular – Roman Roy, the youngest of Logan’s bickering kids and potential successors – “feels a bit fluid and pan”.

“I don’t think he’d hold back if he fancied doing something,” she continued. “He wouldn’t hold back.”

Stay tuned to see if there’s any progression with that one.

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Back in October, when season 3 originally premiered, Braun opened up about the similarities between himself and his character Greg.

“[I portray Greg] without a guard, a guard I would usually put on in life, where I’m like, ‘Ah, I don’t think I should let that part of me run totally free, because people might feel weirded out’,” he said.

“With Greg I’m like, ‘That part you usually put a gate around? Why don’t you just let that part go?'”

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