[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the series finale of Succession, “With Open Eyes.”]
Within the ultimate episode of Succession, the collection’ focus narrowed the motion all the way down to its core trio, on the precipice of failure or success. Seems that beforehand introduced epic runtime wasn’t to present each final supporting participant an enormous sentimental sendoff: As a substitute, it was one final probability to be embedded with Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Kendall (Jeremy Robust), as the ultimate combat for energy got here all the way down to a single board vote.
For whereas the Presidential election should still be unresolved (excellent news, Willa! Connor could not get shipped abroad for an ambassadorship!), the time for the board vote on the GoJo deal is nigh. With Shiv’s Matsson-enabled maneuvering in the direction of the throne initially protecting the sibs in battle mode in opposition to one another, Shiv and Kendall’s mutual scrambling for board votes brings them each to Barbados, the place Roman’s hiding out after his unlucky incident with the protestors following Logan’s funeral.
When Shiv will get tipped off to the truth that Matsson will not be making her CEO in spite of everything (as a result of again in New York, good ol’ Tom Wambsgams is getting supplied the gig, albeit with the proviso that Matsson needs to deal with the American CEO of Waystar like a entrance man/”ache sponge”), she’s devastated… and prepared to barter. The following late-night bonding session in Barbados, sweetened by some actually hilarious but random asides from Girl Caroline, ultimately ends in the siblings reunited round tanking the deal.
An idea that caught out whereas watching “the youngsters” cavort in Girl Caroline’s Barbados kitchen (very spectacular, how the present managed to sneak one final unique location in just below the wire) is the concept when individuals expertise trauma at a younger age, they develop into mentally and/or emotionally “caught” at that very same age. Seeing these grown adults actually regress totally to messy kids taking part in disgusting video games seems like affirmation of that concept, as we’ve discovered sufficient about Logan Roy’s parenting over the previous 4 seasons to know the way a lot injury he inflicted upon his offspring.
And it’s this realization which is so key to the ultimate board room scenes, during which the siblings find yourself tearing one another aside within the ultimate levels of an influence wrestle that sees the Roys lose and Tom develop into Lukas Matsson’s puppet formally. It’s exhausting to determine which is probably the most brutal second: Shiv and Roman stuttering over simply how many individuals Ken may need killed, Roman citing Logan’s less-than-kind opinions about Kendall’s kids, or Roman placing his complete physique into defending his pregnant sister from Kendall’s bodily wrath.