The primary two episodes of Succession’s ultimate season made it appear issues is perhaps the identical, as if the HBO collection actually might need been comfy going out by leaving Logan Roy and his kids to languish in the identical Shakespearean holding sample that’s outlined their story for the whole collection. Even with Kendall, Shiv, and Roman all ostensibly being on the identical web page and dealing collectively for the primary time, it nonetheless felt like Succession didn’t wish to transfer too distant from its core energy dynamics for worry of getting to truly push itself into new territory.
However “Connor’s Wedding ceremony,” the collection’ newest episode, has ushered in considered one of Succession’s most vital and sudden shifts — the primary the actually makes this season really feel prefer it may stick the touchdown.
Main spoilers for the third episode of Succession’s fourth season.
Considerations about Logan Roy’s well being loomed massive over Succession from its first episode because it launched us to all the assorted energy gamers vying for a shot at management over Waystar Royco. All through the primary season, you can really feel the concept that Logan — a curmudgeonly octogenarian who didn’t precisely reside the healthiest life-style — would possibly simply up and die and create an influence vacuum. However that chance appeared to fall to the wayside because the collection continued, and illustrated how the Roy siblings’ grownup dysfunctions all stemmed from being trapped in a long time of household drama that it appeared very very like they’d by no means escape from.
Logan at all times beating his kids regardless of how they conspired in opposition to him felt like a quintessential a part of Succession’s id, and like an influence dynamic the collection by no means deliberate to let go. However in a really stunning flip of occasions, “Connor’s Wedding ceremony” — written by critical creator Jesse Armstrong, and directed by Mark Mylod — upended all of that by unceremoniously killing Logan Roy off, and flinging everybody previously in his orbit into deep house.
Of all of the attainable methods Logan Roy may have bitten the bullet, there are few that might have felt as poetic as him having a coronary heart assault hundreds of ft within the air whereas touring to finalize the GoJo acquisition deal that might have successfully made Kendall, Roman, and Shiv persona non grata at Waystar. Extra than simply one other shrewd deal, the GoJo deal and Logan’s need to observe by means of on it spoke to his willingness to actually screw his kids out of the glory, energy, and validation they every so desperately needed.
Succession being the sort of present that it’s, it at all times felt as if there might need been some kind of secret plan baked into Logan’s curiosity in GoJo. However “Connor’s Wedding ceremony” makes it crystal clear that, plan or not, Logan’s dying adjustments every part in ways in which even he couldn’t totally account for or attempt to one way or the other play to his benefit from past the grave.
Although a lot of “Connor’s Wedding ceremony” focuses on the chaos that begins to bubble up as phrase of Logan’s dying spreads, what actually makes the episode shine is the way in which it illustrates how these closest to Logan had been additionally these beneath essentially the most emotional and psychological stress to carry out for him. Watching Succession, it’s at all times been uncommon to ever get the sense that any of the Roys are particularly in contact with their feelings: Logan by selection, and his kids as a matter of necessity to outlive rising up with their father. However on this episode, we lastly, genuinely, acquired the sense that, in numerous methods, every of the youngsters is unmoored by the suddenness of Logan’s passing — not essentially simply because they’re unhappy, however as a result of the antagonistic presence they’ve all outlined themselves in relation to is simply gone.
The occasions of “Connor’s Wedding ceremony,” makes the Roy siblings’ tenuous alliance with each other that rather more attention-grabbing as a result of it’s now grieving in addition to a need to push again in opposition to his plans for Waystar that unites them. However one thing very comparable can be true of Logan’s surviving advisors Karolina, Frank, Carl, and Tom, who all turn out to be totally different folks after witnessing their former boss’ dying.
In the identical approach that Logan’s dying throws the siblings for a loop and a few emotional spiraling, it galvanizes Logan’s advisors who all perceive that Waystar’s story — and their very own — will proceed with out him. “Connor’s Wedding ceremony” is cautious to not dive all that approach into it now, however within the episode, you’ll be able to already see how Logan’s dying has empowered or given some folks a way of freedom that might push Succession into attention-grabbing new territory.
The thought of the Roy siblings teaming up just for their father to highschool them as soon as once more wasn’t all that compelling a prospect on its face, and it didn’t precisely really feel just like the sort of factor that might make for a memorable ultimate season. With Logan gone now, although, you’ll be able to clearly see how the Roys and the Waystar board must cope with each other, and would possibly lastly ship the factor Succession viewers have at all times craved: an ending.