Towards the top of the penultimate episode of Succession, “Church and State,” Kendall says to Hugo, the general public relations lapdog who moments later will pledge his blind loyalty, that “life isn’t good—it’s contingent.” That is a part of Kendall’s pitch to undermine the GoJo deal that he and Roman landed in Norway and from which Shiv now stands to profit at their expense. “Individuals who say they love you additionally fuck you,” he continues. Minutes later, he’ll pull his dad’s outdated physique man—considered one of a handful of people that find out about his function in a caterer’s dying—out of a psychiatrist’s workplace and into his service; that night he’ll pull Roman in near him, by the again of the cranium, and inform him the brand new order of issues. If Waystar goes to remain in Roy household management, it’s going to be Kendall on the helm, a workforce of subordinates in neat rows and at his disposal.
Within the collection finale, “With Open Eyes,” Kendall learns simply how contingent these alliances might be. We start in competing battle rooms: Kendall et al. within the Waystar places of work, Shiv and Matsson in a lodge suite, every faction and assist employees making an attempt to line up votes for the following day’s shareholder assembly. Roman, who on the finish of “Church and State” is choosing fights with passing protesters, is lacking; when he surfaces it’s at his mom’s Caribbean property, the place she had beforehand invited all the kids to “clear the air,” a pair of ugly gashes above his left eye. Given the way in which Roman’s dressed (a t-shirt with striped sleeves that your individual mother may need introduced residence from Kohl’s), his outward emotionality at his father’s dying (and even the offscreen baggage Kieran Culkin brings to the function as one in a household of generally tortured youngster actors) he appears much less like an grownup man convalescing than an overgrown child, damaged and previous its prime. Each Kendall and Shiv fly in to recruit him.
What follows is a collection of negotiations—squabbles, actually—between the siblings about who ought to be CEO of Waystar. At first, Shiv’s accession would require the GoJo deal to undergo, Kendall’s (or Roman’s) for it to fail on the board assembly. However when Greg calls Kendall with the knowledge that Matsson is planning to select one other American govt as a substitute of Shiv, the siblings are realigned as a voting bloc, although not on the inner energy wrestle. All of that is acquainted; at one level Roman feedback on the futility of yet one more spherical of negotiations whereas the shot widens to incorporate all three Roys, caught, exhaling. What’s new is the sheer pleasure they exhibit after selecting Kendall because the successor. Not even their group hug manner again in season 1’s “Pre-Nuptial” reveals so clearly the practical, playful dynamic that will have intermittently existed earlier than this yr of fixed maneuvering.
Different alliances are much more tenuous. Matsson is actually on the lookout for somebody to interchange Shiv, and affords the function to Tom in an excruciating dialog that features the admission that he’d wish to sleep with Shiv (“No, no, we’re males,” Tom says when Matsson asks if he’s making him uncomfortable), calling the perfect candidate for the CEO job a “ache sponge.” As for Shiv and Tom: when she goes in opposition to her near-fatal vainness early within the episode,and asks if Tom wish to give their relationship a honest final strive, he demurs. Even then, Shiv is unable to keep away from citing comfort as a good thing about that reconciliation—or preserve from turning round, embarrassed, to see if airplane employees was inside earshot.
Elsewhere there are glints of sentimentality amidst the choosing over of bones. Logan’s condominium, which was handed by Marica, to Connor, and now to Willa (who Roman accuses of getting the “seven-week itch”), is filled with mourners who lay declare to varied gadgets whereas they watch video of considered one of Logan’s final meals. The second of reflection is punctured by Tom’s revelation to Shiv that he’s changed her in Matsson’s plan—and Tom’s turning on Greg over having tipped off the Roy children that one thing had modified.