The primary two episodes of Succession’s final season made it appear issues may be the identical, as if the HBO sequence actually may need been snug going out by leaving Logan Roy and his kids to languish in the identical Shakespearean holding sample that’s outlined their story for your complete sequence. 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 far-off from its core energy dynamics for concern of getting to really push itself into new territory.
However “Connor’s Wedding ceremony,” the sequence’ newest episode, has ushered in one among Succession’s most vital and sudden shifts — the primary the really makes this season really feel prefer it might 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 varied energy gamers vying for a shot at management over Waystar Royco. All through the primary season, you possibly can really feel the concept that Logan — a curmudgeonly octogenarian who didn’t precisely stay the healthiest way of life — may simply up and die and create an influence vacuum. However that risk appeared to fall to the wayside because the sequence continued, and illustrated how the Roy siblings’ grownup dysfunctions all stemmed from being trapped in many years 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 towards him felt like a quintessential a part of Succession’s identification, and like an influence dynamic the sequence by no means deliberate to let go. However in a really surprising 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 area.
Of all of the attainable methods Logan Roy might have bitten the bullet, there are few that may 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 may 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 want to comply with by way of on it spoke to his willingness to really screw his kids out of the glory, energy, and validation they every so desperately wished.
Succession being the form of present that it’s, it at all times felt as if there may need been some form 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 loss of life adjustments the whole lot in ways in which even he couldn’t absolutely account for or attempt to in some way 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 loss of life spreads, what actually makes the episode shine is the way in which it illustrates how these closest to Logan had been additionally these below probably 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 children 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 want to push again towards his plans for Waystar that unites them. However one thing very comparable can also be true of Logan’s surviving advisors Karolina, Frank, Carl, and Tom, who all change into completely different folks after witnessing their former boss’ loss of life.
In the identical means that Logan’s loss of life 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 means into it now, however within the episode, you’ll be able to already see how Logan’s loss of life 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 form of factor that may make for a memorable remaining season. With Logan gone now, although, you’ll be able to clearly see how the Roys and the Waystar board should deal with each other, and may lastly ship the factor Succession viewers have at all times craved: an ending.