The breakout second season of “the worlds largest” darkly compelling drama on Tv bring a juicy combination of betrayal and revenge
If Succession wasn’t the breakout HBO stumbled in 2018, then it’s achieved thump status in its second season, one of very best sophomore outings in recent TV memory. After nine chapters that brought us such landmark times as the Con-heads, Cherry Jones at Tern Haven, literal bed-shitting, the Kendall rap, Greg v Tom’s water bottles, Shiv’s point of no return, and the Kermit the Frog dancing to the Succession theme meme , the finale predicted, as Logan said in the penultimate episode’s final background, a” blood sacrifice “.
The gang was all there for the extra-long episode, This Is Not For Tears, with Logan Roy presiding over his( ship) conflict area of loyalists – his children included- in the final countdown to the shareholder meeting that will determine Waystar Royco’s ownership. RIP to Shiv and Tom’s potential threesome, Greg’s not-favorite Rose and Connor’s iPad- “you need to be a killer,” Logan told Kendall before( potentially) severing their relationship for good, and this finale was always going to see a few casualties. In a high-water mark for an already impressive season, here are merely some of the more brain-breaking points. Voyages out, fingernails out, bro.
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Succession has always been careful to keep its distance from its. 001% references; you’re not so much rooting for them in the world as rooting for them to fuck over each other. The second season in particular has highlighted the great insularity wealth provides the Roys and their ilk. Various of the chapters ought to have contained to remote, inaccessible, luxuriant places- a Hungarian hunting lodge, an Aspen-esque ideas gala, private jets, the top of WASPness that is Tern Haven, the ship- and intimated at the small army of assistant, PR folk, and housekeepers who buffer their every interaction with the world. Case in degree: the season finale’s jarring image of Logan Roy at a highway-side coffee stop somewhere in Europe, avoiding an inconvenient automated doorway while Facetiming a major shareholder( apparently no quantity of billions can shield you from the unflattering below-chin Facetime angle ).
The shareholder tentatively moves the humor of his representatives: that Logan take the hit for the cruise scandal and steps down. The likelihood that this would ever happen, despite Logan seeming to consider it in public, was always close to zero; throughout the season, any move toward answering the question of his inheritance has only entrenched Logan deeper into his increasingly maniacal predominate. But the sail scandal was toxic enough- strange fatalities, sexual harassment,” no real party involved”- that even Logan’s dominance grip isn’t immune. He’s also not immune to” how was your request reception ?” pop-ups on his cell phone , remarkable in how striking it is to watch Logan have even a small brush with daily inconvenience.