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Jeremy Strong on 'Succession' Funeral and Kendall 'Going the extra mile' heading into series finale

[This story contains major spoilers for Succession, the penultimate episode of Church and State. ]

The last season of Succession has been on for days The penultimate episode of HBO series brings the day of Logan Roy’s funeral.

Brian Cox has previously talked about how he showed up on set the day of filming his character’s finale in order to keep the press away from the upcoming BIG DEATH SPOILERS Early on in season 4 of the Emmy-winning show : “They invented This scene, I’ll be performing in this church in an uptown, very fancy, big Catholic [church]. … As soon as I get out of the car, the [paparazzi] start clicking. So immediately, I can hold off Here are the facts about my funeral.”

Celebrity Funerals Are Creators Jesse Armstrong Written by “Church and State” Spotlight and directed by Mark Mylod. The big day in the Roy family legacy captivated nearly every character in the Waystar Royco orbit (including all of Logan’s ex-wives and lovers), and it was a global event that not only attracted the media elite but also GoJo’s Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) and President-elect Jeryd Mencken (Justin Kirk), the latter attendees offered a chance for three Roy Kid, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Shiv (Sarah Snook ), in their apparent grief, continue to stab each other in the back and strategize for the impending Gojo-Waystar deal and who will ultimately win out.

As Mylod explained in his HBO post-game interview, due to Roman’s connection to Mencken and access to Political demons agree to block the GoJo-Waystar deal, which is exactly what Roman and Kendall want. However, after collapsing during his eulogy, he ends the episode on the bottom; Kendall takes over the mantle after Kendall tells him he screwed up publicly, and Roman ends the episode, masochist He rushed into a sea of ​​protesters and received a punch in the face. Meanwhile, Shiv is back on the rise as she secures a promise from Matsson to become his US CEO, a move that would appease Mencken not to block the deal, which is exactly what she wanted.

at Succession Speak on the podcast After the episode ended, Strong opened up on Kendall’s effective eulogy, the co-CEO’s surprise replacement for Roman, and Rogen’s brother Ewan ( James Cromwell) after drawing a rather unpleasant picture of their late father.

“I think it’s a wonderful moment for Kendall to say what he thinks he’s telling the truth. We saw him in episode six, in In the Living+ demo there is one where he shows some kind of exaggeration in public speaking , sometimes he steps up and we see that character fall through a lot,” Strong told reporter and host Kara Swisher. “But this, because he wasn’t ready for it, didn’t plan to do it — he might agonize over it, and the prepared version, like all of us, might not be as good — there’s something about Ewan vilifying [Logan]’s memory. Little time to study (laughing), but Kendall admits his dad is a brute. A lot of what Ivan says is True, and he said it himself; he called him a malevolent being at the end of season two. But I think you see his reverence for his father through Kendall’s eyes. And I think it’s important that we see this It’s not about market capitalization, it’s about the vitality of the man and what he’s done.” Justine Lupe, Alan Ruck, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook in Succession's penultimate episode

The Roy family (Justin Lupe, Alan Rucker, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook) at Logan’s funeral in Church & State front row. Macall Polay/HBO

Strong says Kendall talking about Logan’s legacy is money is The unspoken “dirty secret,” and the real reason everyone even attends funerals. “Money is the accelerator that makes the world go round,” he said, adding, “It was a great speech.”

Swisher noted that Kendall changed him in this episode Alliance: Mencken’s election call and civil unrest in the penultimate episode (“A True Mortal Wound”); he recruits his father’s driver and confidante Colin (Scott Nicholson) and Director of Communications Hugo (Fisher Stevens) continues to shape his media narrative (“he’s getting ready to go to war”); and, having already made it clear that he eventually plans to keep co-CEO Roman out of the mix, he forces Roman to back him as they prepare to Confront Shiv at the boardroom over the GoJo deal (“a profound shift”).

So, what will Kendall Roy end up in the series finale?

” he laughed, referring to Game of Thrones . “From Beginning at the end of episode 6 , really, I think he can see the endgame. A lot happens in episode nine. He feels blamed for this election and his guilt for making this Faustian deal, and really, he’s totally compromised himself, and he knows it. I think he’s in a mess. The real moral crisis we saw in the last episode. ’

He continued, “But [his ex-wife] Rava [Natalie Gold] called him and took the kids out of town and then Jess defected too . In a way, his assistant Jess, I mean she’s such a great character, and Juliana Canfield is such a great actress, I love that they gave her this great scene. But in a sense, she’s one of the only people Kendall left. Everyone else is gone. 1235492561Shiv With 1000613924185 Tom [Matthew Macfadyen ]; other characters we see in our relationships with people. Jesse is where Kendall feels safe, so it’s a real Achilles heel for Kendall that it’s coming from. He’s been trying, but I think he’s really out of sorts, and it just makes him want more of what he wants. So I think he just doubled down. ”

Strong then explained how Roman’s eulogy accident opened the door for Kendall when it came to the looming issue of Succession and who Will eventually be Logan Roy’s successor.

. In a sense, he’s getting stronger and stronger, the whole room can feel it. He feels [ It]. They joke about the coronation demolition derby, but it was his father’s funeral and it was also Kendall’s coronation. I left that church and something happened profoundly from the way I walked into that church to the way I left that church And Hugo’s kind of incubation plot, where there’s just a kind of determination in the character. I think more and more we’re seeing him as the son of Logan Roy, and Logan is his middle name.”

Succession Released on Sunday May airs at 9 p.m. on HBO and Max. Follow 1235492561THR ‘s successor final season coverage of .



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