The “succession” in all ways foreshadowed last night’s final
In the season three finale of Succession, Roy children finally realize their collective bargaining power: Their mother’s divorce agreement with Logan (Brian Cox) gives them a qualified majority of Waystar Royco shares in the event of a change of control, so they can veto to Logan’s plan to sell the business to them. Shiv (Sarah Snook) informs her husband, Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), of their plot to fuck Logan before he can fuck them. “. And where do I fit in, Shiv? He asks her. It’s a question he’s been asking all season, and Shiv answers it with his signature disdain. The Roy siblings then traveled to the literal fortress where the GoJo-Royco deal is underway, only to find that Logan was made aware of their plan and rescinded the qualified majority clause. “Who told him we were coming?” Shiv asks. Then we see him: Logan through the door giving Tom a hot pat on the shoulder. Treason! Subterfuge! Sabotage! Succession has been foreshadowing this moment since the first season. Here’s how:
Season 1, Episode 7: “You marry a man at depths below you …”
“… because you don’t want to risk being betrayed.” Logan throws that beard on Shiv in front of tom’s face in the first season, a few episodes before their marriage. The vibrations here are more Odipe rex Over 1000 Crude Incest Jokes From Roman (Kieran Culkin): The action Shiv takes to avoid his fate / fear is the very thing that will make it come to fruition.
Season 1, Episode 8: “I don’t want him to appear dead at the bottom of a French fuck pool.”
Logan tells Greg (Nicholas Braun) to keep an eye out for Kendall (Jeremy Strong) at Tom’s bachelor party, saying he doesn’t want him to drown in a European swimming pool. In season 2, Kendall even calls himself â€œtechno Gatsbyâ€. The guy with the death instinct is always surrounded by water-based images, but because Logan doesn’t want his son dead, we learn at the start of the season three finale – from Logan – that Kendall does does not, in fact, drown. As Greg would say, â€œSo be it. So it’s.”
Marketing season 3: this a poster
In September, HBO released a series of Succession posters crying out about the family rift: Kendall on one side of a hallway looking down, Logan on the other; behind them, various groups of other family members. One of these variations showed the siblings lining up behind Kendall with only Tom and Greg behind Logan. It seemed unlikely at the time, but it was the poster that predicted where things were going to land by the end of the season: battle lines, action stations. Siblings united in daddy issues, trauma and greed.
Episode 2: relevant donuts
Kendall invites the siblings to Kendall’s HQ (Rava’s apartment) to try and win them over to her side. When everyone is there, Logan has a box of donuts delivered with a note telling them to have a good “snack” (a two-in-one dig calling them both traitors and little girls). The brothers and sisters are confused; Who told him about the secret meeting? They don’t know – and neither did we when the episode aired – but it had to be Tom. Shiv called him from Kendall’s and Tom was with Logan at the time. Tom presents himself as a woman and has private access to Shiv’s thoughts and plans (Shiv disrespects him too much to keep custody with him), but he warned Logan of a sibling discussion once before and ended up starting over in the final. Connor’s line in this episode “Do you think he would send poison donuts to his grandchildren’s house?” â€Also foreshadows the scene between Logan, Iverson and Kendall at theâ€œ Chiantishire â€dinner.
Episode 3: Tom volunteers as a tribute.
The outsiders (Tom, Greg, Gerri) have something to prove from day one; inheritance is not their birthright. Tom has less to lose than the Roy kids, so he’s capable of making the craziest game, volunteering to be the downfall guy if the DOJ needs to imprison a Waystar costume. This is a huge gesture for Logan, who values â€‹â€‹loyalty above all else and was betrayed by his boy # 1 when he tried to pose him until he went to prison in his place. This is what prompted Kendall’s dramatic exit in the season two finale: Kendall saw the hook and he squirmed. Tom says to Logan, “I won’t squirm.” This earns Tom a pat on the back of Logan, foreshadowing their body language in the finale. Plus, Tom only does this play to Logan after he’s performed it by Shiv, who couldn’t be more indifferent – even encouraging – that Tom is going to jail. Another reason for him to turn against her.
Episode 4: Nero and Sporus
Tom flies away after preparing for a possible internment, and he takes some of his anxiety away from Greg. He tells him the story of Emperor Nero and his favorite slave, Sporus, IP whom Greg does not know. â€œNero pushed his wife up the stairs,â€ says Tom. “And then he had Sporus castrated and married him instead.” Tom casts Greg all season by blocking cocks, first with Comfrey (Dasha Nekrasova) then with the Duchess. He pushes his wife up the stairs … betrayal. He even calls Greg â€œSporusâ€ before sealing their alliance with a hug in what is the most romantic moment of the finale, no offense to Connor (Alan Ruck) and Willa (Justine Lupe).
Episode 4: “How does this advance my personal position?” You have to think about it 24/7.
Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) gives Roman this advice when he brings her the photo of Kendall’s initials tattooed as a bribe on the forehead of a homeless man. Gerri reformulates this line in the season finale, not as advice to help Roman but as she betrays him. Roman asks him to intervene so that Logan sells the business to the family. Gerri responds, coldly, “It doesn’t serve my interests.” How does it serve my interests? “
Episode 6: Tom’s intuition
“I don’t mean to be insulting, but having been around a bit, I feel like you’re going to get fucked.” Because I have often seen you get fucked. And I’ve never seen Logan get fucked once, â€Tom tells Kendall in a restaurant parking lot after Kendall tries to bring him to his side. Tom may not know what’s coming, but he does know what’s coming.
Episode 7: “She is going to give birth to daddy’s baby while a satanic mass is being sung.”
The Roy kids feel like their dad is fucking his personal assistant, Kerry (Zoe Winters), who is about 50 years his junior. Logan has a urinary tract infection and Roman plays a joke on Kerry delivering another Roy spawn. In the finale, Connor finds out that Logan is trying to fortify his, uh, “gloop” (his word, not ours). Logan could very well try to have a new heir that he won’t live to see grow up and let him down. (You can tell he’s getting ready for a daddy cover story by how the episode opens with him reading to his grandson.)
Episode 7: “I will remember it. “
At the start of â€œToo Much Birthday,â€ the team toast â€œto justiceâ€ after learning that the DOJ is out of their case and that no one is going to jail. Logan hugs Tom and whispers, “I’ll remember that,” referring to Tom’s act of loyalty. Shiv, appearing to have a brain fart, toasts his father before even thinking of cheering on her own husband for the good news that he ultimately won’t go to jail. If Tom made sense, we would know who he is lining up with at this point. And after the “I don’t love you” moment in “Chiantishire”, how can you blame him?
Brian Cox’s McDonald’s ads: “I like this.”
These foreshadowed our love this season of Succession. They also foreshadowed how, by the end of this show, the Roy kids will likely work in a drive-thru while Tom rules as Emperor.