Warning: Spoilers for the series finale of Succession observe.
Succession has ended. Tom Wambsgams is the CEO of Waystar Royco. Kendall is alone, with out his kids or siblings to consolation him, on a bench staring out on the Hudson River. Roman is getting a drink. Shiv has formally taken on the position of Girl Macbeth. And Connor is coveting his dad’s outdated medal assortment whereas he awaits phrase on whether or not he’ll change into Ambassador to Slovenia or return to hyper-decanting wine in a blender as his most important pastime. They’re all a bit higher off with out Logan’s toxic presence, however a bit misplaced now that they not stay beneath his shadow.
The finale of Succession took us from New York to their mom Caroline’s home within the Bahamas and again. Roman recovered from the injuries he incurred when he threw himself right into a protest after fumbling his eulogy at Logan’s funeral. Kendall lobbied his siblings for his or her help in a vote in opposition to the GoJo deal. Shiv discovered that GoJo CEO Matsson, none-too-happy with a broadcast journal cartoon of Shiv pulling his strings, was planning to exchange her along with her personal estranged-ish husband. The Roy siblings briefly fashioned a united entrance. In a second of childlike levity, they topped Ken king and compelled him to drink an abhorrent concoction of British condiments from their mom’s fridge.
However the peace doesn’t final lengthy. By promising every of his kids the dominion sooner or later of their lives, Logan created craven heirs with insatiable wishes who would reasonably destroy themselves than see each other win the throne. Shiv finally decides to vote in opposition to her brother (and, primarily, with the husband who betrayed her). Bodily fights ensue. Ken yells, “I’m the eldest boy” sooner or later, a final nasty poke at poor Connor (who’s, after all, not even within the room to defend himself). The vote strikes ahead. Ken loses Waystar Royco for good, and the Roy kids are left filthy wealthy and completely empty. Right here’s a breakdown of the place everybody ended up—and a few symbolic moments you will have missed.
Matsson and Tom’s game-changing heart-to-heart
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Let’s be clear. You don’t “win” the sport of Succession. Anybody who took Logan’s throne must betray every thing and everybody they liked, sacrifice any beliefs they could have held, and customarily change into a shell of a human being in an effort to fulfill their duties as a slave to capitalism and the underside line. However sure, certain, Tom “received” the position of Waystar Royco CEO. He managed to steal the job from his pregnant spouse (impolite) and someway nonetheless persuade her to stick with him (energy corrupts, completely, I suppose). His years of sycophantic conduct paid off. Enduring the Roy kids’s barbs about his Midwestern background, crawling round on the ground like a boar, and saying unspeakable issues to the lady he liked have been completely price it ultimately—proper?
Kendall lived regardless of all of the ominous water imagery
If Tom received, meaning Kendall misplaced. In a scene that paralleled Ken’s tried coup in opposition to his father in Season 1, Ken enters a board assembly assured he’ll lastly win the Waystar throne solely to be betrayed by a sibling—although this time it’s Shiv who votes in opposition to him, not Roman. At a number of factors all through the episode, it appeared as if Roman and Shiv’s wavering on the concept of Ken as CEO would possibly actually kill their brother—he even says so himself.
As I’ve written earlier than, Ken has a precarious relationship with water. He has had some ominous moments submerged in swimming pools: His Chappaquiddick-esque automobile accident ends Season 1; Season 2 begins with an ominous shot of a depleted Ken in a bath at a spa; Season 3 opens with Ken submerged in an empty bathtub; and within the penultimate episode of that season, it regarded like Ken had drowned in a pool in Italy.
The writers know this and have been enjoying with fan expectations about Ken and water all season. Notably, Ken celebrated his Residing+ victory this season with a relaxing swim within the Pacific. On this last episode, when Ken decides to take a midnight dip at his mom’s home within the last episode of the sequence, you’d be forgiven for pondering that he would possibly lastly meet his watery grave. (The digital camera leaves him out of body for unsettlingly lengthy whereas his youthful siblings joke about murdering him and Roman talks about the potential for sharks within the water.) The present actually has some enjoyable with fan theories that will have recommended such an ending for the (second) eldest Roy son.
Shiv and Roman resolve in opposition to fratricide, however Ken encounters water one last time within the episode, within the final scene of the sequence. When Shiv states her intention to vote to promote Waystar Royco to GoJo, paving the best way for Matsson’s victory in opposition to Kendall, Ken makes the remark about how he would possibly die if he doesn’t get the CEO job. After the vote, a depressing and defeated Ken walks to the Hudson River. However he doesn’t soar. Whether or not that’s as a result of Colin, his father’s outdated physique guard, is trailing him or as a result of he does see some future for himself wherein he runs one other firm, we don’t know. (Hey, no matter occurred to the Pierce deal, anyway?) He should still be processing what simply occurred within the board room. Absolutely the viewers is supposed to marvel what he’ll do after the display goes black, however evidently even when Ken’s spirit is useless, his life goes on in a technique or one other.
Roman is best off, truly
Kieran Culkin hiding out at his mom’s Caribbean house within the ‘Succession’ finale
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Roman is a masochist. That was made abundantly clear within the final two episodes when he sought to copy his father’s bodily abuse towards him by selecting a combat with a mob after which primarily asking his brother to reopen the ensuing stitched-up wound. The scene with Ken, particularly, was disturbing. Up till this second, Ken had been Roman’s best defender in opposition to Logan, lashing out at their outdated man when he took a swing on the youngest brother. However Ken appeared to change into Logan in that scene, and had Ken succeeded in his bid to run Waystar Royco, little question the 2 brothers would have continued to develop a poisonous relationship that mimicked the one Roman had along with his father.
In Roman’s last scene, he’s alone in a bar consuming a martini. He briefly smiles. The person is soiled wealthy, and he’s free. It’s true, he by no means needed to run Waystar Royco. He simply needed his dad’s approval. Now that burden is gone, and hopefully Roman can start to determine who he’s away from his father’s shadow.
Shiv is diminished to being the CEO’s pregnant spouse
Tom and Shiv, fortunately ever after
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The boys on Succession have by no means been feminist, however boy, oh boy, did Shiv’s announcement that she was pregnant reveal the true and terrible depths of sexism in her world. Would-be President Mencken hates her due to her political opinions, sure, however he additionally makes a number of disparaging feedback about her gender and the truth that she’s pregnant. (We nonetheless don’t know, by the best way, if Mencken will in the end change into president, although we do know he instantly reneged on his take care of Roman to cease the GoJo deal going by way of.) Matsson sees Shiv’s being pregnant as a legal responsibility in her bid for CEO. Plus, as he admits to Tom, he needs to sleep along with her. So, as Matsson places it, “Why don’t I get the man who put the newborn inside her as a substitute of the newborn woman?” Charming.
Shiv’s exile was inevitable in a world constructed by Logan, a person who Shiv admits “couldn’t match an entire lady in his head.” However Shiv additionally makes the choice to, primarily, hand her husband the job of CEO at Waystar Royco after he has betrayed her—twice—and keep by his facet afterwards. Is that this Shiv accepting her miserable position on this world as somebody who should stand behind the buffoon reasonably than be taken critically herself? Or is she enjoying some lengthy recreation for energy and thinks Tom is extra manipulable than Ken? Or does her speech on the airplane about how she and Tom ought to keep collectively for sensible and logistical causes—the closest Shiv has ever gotten to pouring her coronary heart out—betray her true emotions? We’ll by no means fairly know.
Greg was saved, regardless of being a snitch
Tom and Greg, finding out their variations within the sequence finale
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Are Greg and Tom the one true romance on Succession? Maybe. Greg sneakily interprets Matsson’s secret dialog in Swedish and finds out that the tech billionaire has no intention of creating Shiv CEO. The Roy cousin, who has always sold any and all information to the highest bidder, then sends that information to Ken, giving the Roy siblings time to band collectively and muster votes in opposition to GoJo.
When Tom finds out that Greg snitched on him, the 2 get in a slapping match in a rest room. However Tom shortly forgives Greg and decides to maintain him on on the new firm. Maybe Tom is impressed by Greg’s starvation for energy. Or maybe Tom, who has performed punching bag to the Roys for a number of seasons, has developed actual sentiment for Greg, the one Roy who confirmed him some respect—sort of, generally. Plus preserving Greg as a whipping boy will bolster his ego. Greg, just like the vases and work in Logan’s residence, will get a purple sticker: he’s price preserving round, in any case.
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