The Roys’ reign of Waystar-Royco is formally over, together with probably the greatest exhibits of the previous decade.
Succession got here to an finish with tonight’s 90-minute finale, because the HBO drama lastly topped one of many Roys children head of the empire earlier than tearing all of it cruelly away. The episode begins with Kendall, Shiv, and Roman at very totally different locations on the day earlier than the GoJo vote: Shiv is sitting assured within the Mattson suite tallying their favorable votes, Kendall is scrambling to tug off his upset, and Roman is lacking. Ultimately Caroline calls her daughter to let her know that Roman has traveled to Barbados to recuperate after the funeral. That sends Shiv (and later Kendall, due to a tip from Greg) straight to the beachfront residence to convey Rome onto her aspect, to solidify the GoJo deal.
Nevertheless, Shiv’s slot as Mattson’s American CEO isn’t as secure as she thinks. There’s a darkish harbinger on the Mattson suite’s espresso desk: a political cartoon of the tech mogul as a puppet, with Shiv pulling the strings. Mattson pretends to shake the ego blow off, however it’s clear from the primary scene that he’s begun to distance himself from Shiv mentally. He later admits as a lot to Tom throughout an evening out, saying that he’s over Shiv’s sturdy concepts (and that he needs to hook up along with her, which tracks with Mattson’s remedy of Ebba and sure each different girl in his skilled circle). As a substitute, he needs a figurehead, somebody to take the PR brunt as the general public face whereas the tech mogul works his magic behind the scenes. And who can be higher than Tom, the person who Shiv herself admits will “suck the largest dick within the room.”
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In the meantime, within the Caribbean, Kendall hears (once more from Greg, with the assistance of translation-app eavesdropping) that Mattson’s assembly with doable CEOs, together with Lawrence Yee from Vaulter. (Love an early-season callback.) He tells the information to Roman and Shiv, and Shiv is shattered by the information. Now her allegiance is up within the air, because the siblings combat but once more over the potential for one in every of them taking the throne. They know that they gained’t sway the board with a shared-power pitch, and Kendall makes a convincing argument for why he must be the CEO. (Roman choked on the funeral, exhibiting weak point as a result of he was *checks notes* grieving his father, and Shiv continues to be inexperienced in a management function.) Shiv and Roman do float the humorous play of killing Kendall, however finally they comply with go along with him. The uncommon present of sibling solidarity transitions right into a hazing ritual, with the trio devolving into child-like pleasure in a kitchen sequence that ends with Kendall’s coronation through a disgusting kitchen-scrap smoothie.
After they arrive again in New York on vote day, they take a detour to Logan’s outdated penthouse to determine who will get what earlier than Connor and Willa transfer in. Within the couple’s final sequence, we study that whereas Connor’s off to Slovenia, Willa will keep in NYC to stage her newest play. That replace is adopted by a candy second the place the Roy kids watch an outdated residence video, giving Brian Cox an opportunity to make his obligatory ultimate look as Logan. The haunting second offers one other present of sibling unity, and the entire penthouse go to appears fairly benign till Tom and Shiv reunite. It’s then that the bomb drops: Mattson’s proposal to make Tom CEO was severe, and Tom himself breaks the information to Shiv. As Shiv storms out of the condominium along with her brothers in tow, each Mattson and the Roys put together for a showdown.
When it’s time to solid votes, the massive gamers fall on their anticipated sides, and each Kendall and Roman make their votes to kill the GoJo vote and set up Kendall as CEO. The final vote, with a six-six tie, comes right down to Shiv…and she will be able to’t do it. She recuses herself, and the board assembly pauses as Kendall and Roman comply with her to a non-soundproofed workplace to berate her into following the plan. However Shiv says again and again that she will be able to’t see Kendall as CEO, and 4 seasons of outdated wounds are resurfaced as a determined Kendall tries to reel his sister again over to his aspect. The most important affect comes when Shiv brings up the loss of life of the cater-waiter at her marriage ceremony; Kendall’s up to now gone that he says it by no means truly occurred, in a present of desperation that makes Roman take again his help. When Kendall devolves to the “eldest boy declare” and brings up the necessity to preserve the corporate within the household line, Roman factors out that Kendall’s kids aren’t his by blood. Kendall lastly snaps and assaults Roman, and as they combat, Shiv casts the deciding vote for GoJo. Within the aftermath of that surprising scene, Roman makes an admission that’s the ultimate loss of life knell of the trio’s claims: “We’re bullshit…We’re nothing.”
The one inconceivable method that Kendall, Roman, and Shiv would preserve Waystar Royco within the household was to construct a united entrance, and that was by no means going to occur. Each second of real sibling unity all through the present has been fleeting, and it’s devastating however not stunning that the group’s bond crumbled on the ultimate, most important second. Shiv’s about-face was sudden within the second, however she had already spent half the season being pushed out of determination making by Kendall. Her fury at Tom’s newest betrayal didn’t propel her throughout the vote; it weakened sufficient for the echo of doubt in Kendall’s trustworthiness to push by means of. Then, when Kendall tried to stroll again the strongest second of solidarity the trio had all through the entire season, each Shiv and Roman had been confronted with the truth that Kendall would do something and push over anybody he wanted to seize the ring.
As a damaged Kendall walks out of Waystar Royco, Tom waltzes in as the brand new CEO. He provides Greg a spot as his aspect, although the 2 got here to blows earlier after Tom discovered Greg was feeding Kendall data. Roman will get it collectively lengthy sufficient to signal the corporate over to Mattson, although he doesn’t even need to be within the room with the man, and later sits alone in a bar, sipping a martini with a contemplative face. Shiv leaves the constructing with Tom, taking his hand when he coldly provides it up within the backseat of a personal automotive.
Does Kendall die on the finish of Succession?
The ultimate scene exhibits Kendall, shell-shocked, strolling by means of a waterfront park with bodyguard Colin (Scott Nicholson) shut behind. Ken walks as much as a park bench, and stares out on the water because the solar begins to set. It’s a picture of uncertainty, specializing in the person who has spent his whole life devoted to the empire that he has simply misplaced. Each he and the viewers are left within the feeling of “what precisely simply occurred?” as Nicholas Brittel’s rating performs and finish credit roll on the sequence finale.
With this ending, Kendall’s destiny after the lack of his “birthright” is left to the imaginations of the viewers. He has misplaced every thing within the combat to maintain the corporate; he might use his humongous payout to begin a brand new firm however, as creator Jesse Armstrong factors out within the present’s final Contained in the Episode featurette, there is a very small likelihood that Kendall will accomplish something to the size of his father’s empire. The query now could be whether or not Kendall will discover one thing new to dwell for, or if his final water scene portends the character’s eventual off-screen loss of life. For now, Kendall’s alive, and he is left to determine a method ahead.
Quinci LeGardye is an LA-based freelance author who covers tradition, politics, and psychological well being by means of a Black feminist lens. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s most likely watching the newest Ok-drama or giving a live performance efficiency in her automotive.