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'Succession' series finale: The Roy family saga ends surprisingly blind

[This story contains major spoilers for Succession series finale “Eyes Wide Open”. ]

Whether you “felt grief” or not, the time to mourn has finally arrived: Inheritance is over, and with it, Royce’s story.

Go to 04-minute series finale, creator Jesse Armstrong ‘ this The Emmy-winning series faces the daunting task of tackling a plethora of separate and interconnected character arcs, all of which focus on one main question: Who will succeed Logan Roy (Brian Cox) at the helm of Waystar Royco? ?

Entering the ending , there are countless possible answers. Will Kendall (Jeremy Strong) embody his middle name and transform into what his dad always told him he would never be killer? Will Shiv (Sarah Snook) be the tip of the spear in GoJo’s successful deal with Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård)? Where will Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) land?

Roman (Kieran Culkin) so thorough Grieving over his father’s death, he had to step out of a sea of ​​political turmoil (thanks, Jeryd Mencken ! ) in order to feel something other than pure sadness? Could this story end the way Game of Thrones with an unlikely candidate On the Iron Throne – like Greg (Nicholas Braun), As an oft-repeated theory in Succession fandom? Which skeletons from the closet (or from Logan’s “cat food Ozymandias” grave) will jump out and startle?

No more guessing at any of those questions. In the future, that’s how all the major characters and plotlines end up. Look away or face the horror of “Eyes Wide Shut” written by Armstrong and directed by Mark Mylod Extensive series end credits spoilers.

Who won the Waystar Royco?

“Shiv, you should know: it’s me.”

said Tom, Waystar Royco’s new CEO. In one hilarious episode, the momentum went from hand to hand more than a few times, and it was eventually outsider Tom Wambsgans who sat at the head of the table.

Here’s how it happened.

Tom (Matthew McFadden) and Katrina (Dagmara Dominczyk) in ” Connor’s Wedding”. Macall B. Polay/HBO Jeremy Strong in 'Succession' series finale From left: Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong

Path to the Waystar Throne

“Open Eyes” board on GoJo The sale begins the day before voting. Shiv thinks she’s nailed Matsson as US CEO. It turns out, not so much. At dinner with Tom, Mattson admitted that he was tired of the idea of ​​Schiff and her, and he didn’t want to get into a messy situation given his attraction to her. Tom puts the news on his chin, especially when Mattson says he wants to put the crown on Tom’s head in place of Schiff, who also wears Roy’s cape.

Meanwhile, Shiv and her siblings are reunited at their mother’s tropical home in the Caribbean. Kendall learned of Matteson’s departure from Schiff and broke the shocking news to his sister. Shiv and Roman reluctantly agree to sign Kendall to be king. Reluctance turned to frenzy over time, and the three siblings celebrated by pouring a disgusting smoothie over Kendall’s head as a sort of liquid crown.

Jeremy Strong in 'Succession' series finale From left: Roman(Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) in the series finale. From left: Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong Provided by HBO From left: Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong Jeremy Strong in 'Succession' series finale

When they return to New York to vote At the time, the siblings headed to Logan’s old apartment, where Connor was selling his father’s wares. Kendall, Schiff and Roman visited their father’s ghost one last time via home video, recorded at a recent dinner party before Logan’s death. It was a haunting moment for the siblings, and it only seemed to unite them more, especially after Tom told Schiff he was the one Matteson wanted to be CEO; the news and you Good as expected.

But when it came time to vote, it was six against six and Shiv’s vote was hanging in the balance. She sidestepped herself from considering whether to support Kendall or Tom, even though it wasn’t a debate at all; Schiff chose Tom. Saying Kendall was devastated doesn’t do justice to the fallout, as the three siblings almost literally tore each other over old wounds for Kendall’s role in the death of the caterer at Shiv’s wedding (which he said came from Didn’t really happen, in a sign of Ken’s depraved state), the fact that Kendall’s children are not of his bloodline. Ken and Rome get into a fight, and while they’re fighting, Shiv goes and votes for GoJo.

This episode features a highly confident Tom waltzing into Waystar Royco like he owns the place because he actually does. Shiv left with Tom in a private car and when he offered his hand coldly, Shiv took his hand. Roman ends the series alone at the bar drinking a martini, perhaps once and for all freed from his father’s shadow.

Kendall Sunset

Final image of the series: Kendall Roy walking through the park, followed by bodyguard Colin (Scott Nicholson). Ken walked to the park bench and gazed at the water as the sun started to set. Kendall stares out the window, we hear the waves, his next move is uncertain – for him, and certainly for us, one never knows what will happen to the “boss” as he loses He bought the only thing that mattered to him: the electric seat that his father had promised him decades ago, when he was 7 years old, in a candy store.

Kendall’s crossed-out ending underscores some strong foreshadowing from Jeremy Strong, who subtly teases his sunset ending in an interview and Hollywood Reporter after the final season premiere: “We finished filming somewhere I might not be allowed to say… Then I flew to Denmark and I had a house by the sea. I came straight from the airport To my house, took a long walk, sat on the beach, watched Kendall as the sun went down, and said, ‘Goodbye.’”

Bye Kendall, indeed .

Matthew Macfadyen and Dagmara Dominczyk in Succession season 4

Kendall (Jeremist Ron) in the series finale.
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Jeremy Strong in 'Succession' series finale

In the name of victory

Even if we don’t know Kendall, Shiv and Roman’s next move, at least we know who sits at the top of the table: Tom, whose wins have been seeded in multiple ways throughout the series.

In his first scene, Tom buys Logan a watch for his birthday; a sign that the man is waiting for his moment. In season three, Logan calls Tom “son” when he helps Logan overcome his illness.

Then there’s the surname Wambsgans, which is associated with baseball player Bill Wambsgans, who performed the legendary triple-hitter — a move Tom accomplished late in season three when he Overcoming his sibling, he overcame his sibling again, this time with the help of Matsson’s misogyny and Shiv, who made a name for herself and shoved her brother shivs when it mattered most.

“It’s always been a tragedy”

In the official “Succession: Controlling the Narrative” episode after the episode, Armstrong and Mylord talked more about ending the show the way they did, ending the show, period.

“It felt very abnormal to end it,” Armstrong said. “I love the cast, I love working with the crew, my fellow writers, and I’ve had the happiest time of my career in this writer’s room, working with them. I’m really tender. I love Our family vibe and relationships on this show.”

Having said that, he added: “It’s one of the few things I can really be tough on is protecting the show and Its integrity. The more we discussed it in the room, the more it became clear to me that Logan’s death, the contest over whether to sell, intersected with the election, and his funeral ended with the end of the show. After figuring this out, I There’s really no doubt about it anymore. I have a lot of emotional sadness, but it’s like, ‘Well, this is the way this show is.'”

According to Mylod , inheriting “has always been a tragedy”, a notion he wanted to emphasize in the finale in Barbados, where the production ended. He pointed to the scene where the siblings pour a celebratory smoothie crown over Kendall’s head the night before his alleged appointment. Mylod says the scene “has a sense of regaining innocence, that kids are kids.

“Every moment of hope like this is so cruel,” he added, “because you Just waiting for that shoe to drop, for their nature to be revealed, to break your heart again. ”

What’s the future for the Roys?

As far as Armstrong is concerned, he has strong ideas about what will happen next with Reigns, Schiff and Kendall and the rest of the cast in succession.

“They don’t end,” he says of the characters and their stories. “They continue. But that’s where the show loses interest in them, because they’ve lost what they wanted, which is success, the reward their father insisted on.

He said Roman’s final scene was set in a bar talking about “he could have easily been a playboy jerk with some slightly nasty instincts and some Very funny joke. He could have stayed in the bar and been that guy, it was a bit of a detour in his life. “

1235497619Matthew Macfadyen and Dagmara Dominczyk in Succession season 4 Tom and Schiff at the end of the series finale.

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As for Shiv, Armstrong believes she is in “a pretty dire, cold, emotionally barren place” after she made a big move in support of Tom. Armstrong says Tom’s victory has long been doomed: “A long time ago For a long time, I thought this was the right ending. Even if he’s not the most powerful monarch you’ll ever meet. His power comes from Matsson. Characters who drift upwards and submit themselves to those in power are around. Armstrong believes Tom and Schiff will struggle to make progress given all the cards they have on the table: “There’s a lot going on in this game, but that’s where we left off. ”

Then there’s Ken, the first boy. Does his last look at the water and the sunset herald that he’ll turn a new page and start building independently of his father? His “own pile”? It’s an optimistic way of looking at things, and Armstrong isn’t optimistic about how Kendall ends.

“It will always be his The central event in his life,” says the creator. “Maybe he could go on to start a company or do something, but his chances of achieving the kind of corporate status his father achieved are very low. I think this will be the hallmark of his life. “

Armstrong himself deeply felt that the successor would be the hallmark of his entire creative life. “I don’t think I’ll be able to write again Such a good thing,” he said. “It felt really scary and silly, but there was a sense that it had to end, so I guess that’s what I stuck with. “

Inheritance is now playing on Max. Read1235497619THR‘s successor Ending report .



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