January 18, 2022

Have We Seen the Final of Jeremy Robust’s Kendall?

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As I write this, it’s been 4 days since The New Yorker printed Michael Schulman’s stunning opus on Jeremy Strong—and for the fourth day in a row, the Succession actor is trending on Twitter. As jaw-dropping because the anecdotes about Robust’s depth definitely are, the true genius of the piece is its timing; the profile dropped simply after this season’s penultimate episode, which left all of us questioning whether or not Kendall Roy is actually drowning in his pool or figuratively drowning like he has for 3 seasons.

The destiny of Logan Roy’s most tortured son might be on the high of most Succession followers’ checklist of questions forward of Sunday’s Season 3 finale. (This season runs for 9 episodes as an alternative of the same old 10.) However Kendall’s ominous moment in the infinity pool is merely the tip of the tragicomic iceberg of questions hanging over the Roy clan. Which is able to this finale reply—and which linger on to form subsequent season? Learn on for some ideas and theories about TV’s most dysfunctional household.

Is Kendall Lifeless?

Kendall has been one thing of a shambling zombie for many of Succession’s run. Logan’s second son and most blatant successor, Little Lord Fuckleroy has lengthy been his father’s favourite whipping boy. One will get the sense that Logan himself has groomed Kendall for the highest job for a lot of his life, solely to beat him down as the potential of his truly taking up attracts nearer. Kendall can’t resolve whether or not he desires to destroy or substitute his father, any greater than Logan can resolve whether or not he desires his youngsters to hold on his legacy or if he’d moderately they fall to destroy than substitute him.

Which brings us to Kendall on that pool float. After a number of failed takeover makes an attempt and, most lately, a DOJ investigation that seems to be dying out earlier than it even begins, The Infamous Ken has as soon as once more discovered himself in limbo. As a number of critics have pointed out since final week’s episode aired, treating Kendall’s loss of life as a cliffhanger does one thing of a disservice; in some ways, he’s been dwelling within the liminal area between life and loss of life for a very long time, no less than emotionally.

With all of that mentioned, let’s get into it anyway. A splashy New Yorker interview certain appears like an enormous send-off for the present’s most charming character—however then once more, is Succession actually daring sufficient to kill off its knottiest creation? Would that even be a good suggestion? One argument for killing Kendall could possibly be that his loss of life would introduce precise stakes for a household that usually appears to be made from Teflon. Given how a lot Kendall has already survived and gotten away with, it appears inevitable that one other shoe should drop someday. Nonetheless, it’s exhausting to think about that “someday” has arrived simply but.

Is Shiv Coming for Gerri After Roman’s Dick Pic Fiasco?

Regardless of beginning out as probably the most unbiased of all of the Roy youngsters, Shiv’s transformation right into a run-of-the-mill company brown-noser feels just about full. After years forging her personal path, Pinkie is now determined for Daddy’s crown—and appears keen to throw just about anybody beneath the bus to get it. Her almost definitely goal in the meanwhile? Gerri, Waystar’s interim CEO whom Logan as soon as known as Shiv’s “chemical and organic go well with” as the corporate’s president.

Logan already wished to fireside Gerri final week, after Roman unintentionally despatched him a phallic portrait meant for his corporate-mommy-slash-would-be lover. Shiv’s relationship along with her less-than-encouraging mom and upbringing because the lone daughter in a sea of misogyny has made her particularly ruthless with girls she sees as threats. (Learn: most of them.) So it’s little shock that as quickly as she noticed a chink in Gerri’s armor, Shiv pounced.

As one among Succession’s few competent characters, Gerri shouldn’t be simple to unseat—but when previous seasons have proven us something, it’s that anybody who underestimates Shiv’s brutality does so at their very own peril. And it doesn’t assist that Logan has lengthy made clear that anybody not within the household is expendable. Briefly, I don’t suppose we’ve heard the final about this dick pic—and Roman may quickly discover himself in a really sophisticated place.

Shiv’s relationship along with her less-than-encouraging mom and upbringing because the lone daughter in a sea of misogyny has made her particularly ruthless with girls she sees as threats. (Learn: most of them.)

Will Waystar Royco Land the GoJo Deal?

Maybe the least juicy query on the floor, the Roy household’s destiny—and that of their firm—all appears to hinge on this one dangling story thread. Waystar Royco has been floundering since Succession started, and if the corporate can’t broaden and replace quickly it dangers extinction. Placing a take care of GoJo, the newest in a sequence of Hail Marys, would permit the corporate to maneuver into the long run—and the Roys to hold on to their huge, comfortable seats on the desk of world energy.

However what if it falls via? There’s definitely no love misplaced between Logan and eccentric tech mogul Lukas Mattson, who has already stipulated that he’s solely in if somebody retains Logan off his again. As we’ve seen repeatedly, that doesn’t essentially preclude a deal; the Roys will get into mattress with anybody that would assist them maintain onto their energy. Shedding out on GoJo would, in some methods, really feel redundant—what number of offers can we watch fall via earlier than the gambit will get boring? But it surely may additionally ramp up the household’s desperation—which may result in a fair fiercer Season 4.

When Will Tom and Greg Kiss?

Ever since our floppy-eared Cousin Greg confirmed up for Logan’s birthday, he’s shared a very fascinating relationship with Shiv’s husband. For some time, Tom’s hazing and lavish meals felt like determined makes an attempt from a Roy outsider to train energy over one thing, somebody, after consuming shit all day for everybody else. Prior to now two seasons, nonetheless, Tom and Greg’s relationship has grown extra sophisticated, extra ambiguous, and— what, I’m simply gonna say it. LET THESE TWO KISS ALREADY!

A lot of Succession’s most profitable story turns come from re-examining beforehand established dynamics, digging beneath the floor to disclose the motivations and neuroses that contextualize everybody’s ridiculous habits. Kendall’s would-be righteousness has given strategy to the truth of his narcissism; Shiv’s independence was truly not a private selection, however the results of sexist exclusion—which now makes her much more determined to succeed at Waystar. And Tom’s frat-boy habits towards Greg? It’s beginning to seem like there’s greater than a homoerotic energy battle.

Some selection strains:

  • “Would you kiss me? If I requested you to? If I instructed you to?” – Tom
  • “Are you making an attempt to seduce me?” – Greg, as he prepares to eat a complete chook in a single chew
  • “I might castrate and marry you any day.” – Tom, after introducing Greg to some I.P. he’s not aware of, AKA Nero and his entire take care of Sporus

Greg has principally been too busy chasing Kendall’s publicist slash de facto private assistant, Comfry, to note Greg’s fixation on him. Or perhaps he’s simply sensible sufficient to not acknowledge it. Finally, nonetheless, the powder keg of pent-up emotion that’s Tom Wambsgans feels sure to blow up within the finale or maybe subsequent season. Both manner, you may’t make a Tomlette with out breaking some Gregs.

Is Greg the Egg Really Plotting to Hatch right into a CEO?

Someplace between a shitpost and a popular fan theory, the prospect of Cousin Greg taking all of it house ultimately has turn out to be more and more prevalent amongst Succession followers. Is Greg a plant? Is he the little outdated man performing behind Logan’s huge inexperienced Wizard of Oz face? Is he about to turn out to be everybody’s boss and journey off into the sundown in a helicopter, Comfry on one arm and $40,000 watch on the opposite?

I don’t purchase any theories that forged Greg as yet one more grasp manipulator. That might undermine his already compelling arc—the doofy outsider slowly remodeling right into a monstrous company stooge. In contrast to Shiv, whose sinister girlboss metamorphosis highlights how rising up proper subsequent to energy whereas always being excluded from it will probably make an individual much more merciless as soon as they lastly get it, Greg represents a lack of innocence.

However there could possibly be, because the Roys like to say, “one other form to this.” Contemplate Bighead, a dimwitted outsider from HBO’s Silicon Valley who always stumbled into unbelievable successes. It will take some intricate plot work to land Greg on the high of the heap accidentally when the home of playing cards the Roys have constructed come crashing down. However it will even be a hell of an ending—and fairly becoming, actually—to observe the man who used to stash workplace cookies in canine poop baggage win this company sport of thrones.

How Lengthy Can Willa Keep away from Marrying Connor?

Oh, Willa, how we like thee. However are you able to be first woman?

Chances are high slim Connor will ever get elected president. (He’s polling slightly below one p.c in the meanwhile.) Nonetheless, Con thought it necessary to maintain his picture clear because the press closes in—so final week, he popped the query to Willa at his mom’s wedding ceremony. Her response? Pretending to say sure for the viewers whereas murmuring to him via a clenched jaw that she wanted a while to consider it.

Connor, maybe probably the most under-explored of the Roy youngsters, lives in self-imposed exile in New Mexico—the place he shares a ranch along with his girlfriend, former escort Willa. As we’ve noticed this season, Conman appears to have had a hand in elevating his siblings; no less than, he took them on a fly-fishing journey when Logan couldn’t be bothered. However his father by no means takes him critically, which has molded Connor right into a quietly delicate however nonetheless deluded jackass.

Willa has all the time handled Connor with a type of endurance; she appears to know, no less than intuitively, the place his dysfunctions come from, and he or she’s all the time affected person along with his shitty kin. (Keep in mind the time Marcia known as her a prostitute to her face after the Roys all crashed the ranch for just a little PR hug?) But it surely’s exhausting to inform simply how skinny that endurance might need worn through the years, particularly after their play flopped. For viewers’ sake, although, let’s hope she sticks round a short while longer. A comedic expertise like actress Justine Lupe is a horrible factor to waste.

Are We Ever Gonna See Marcia Once more?

Sure, I do know that Logan’s estranged spouse was, in reality, eventually week’s wedding ceremony. And sure, I do know that she’s popped up a pair occasions all through the season. Nonetheless, it’s exhausting to fathom why Marcia has all however disappeared—particularly contemplating how a lot dust she’s clearly collected on Logan. We’ve heard allusions to the couple’s ongoing negotiations, however we now have but to see Marcia’s aspect.

Marcia has been one thing of a thriller for the reason that sequence started. However whereas earlier chapters used Hiam Abbass’ scant appearances to construct mystique round her character, this season she’s simply been principally MIA. Might she return with a much bigger function subsequent season? Je ne sais pas. But when anybody may play a significant function in Logan’s downfall, it appears inevitable that she’s sitting on a treasure trove of secrets and techniques.

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