Nearly a year and a half after the explosive Season 3 finale, Succession finally returns for its fourth and final season.
HBO confirmed earlier this month that the show’s fourth season would be its last, with this season likely revealing the fate of the Waystar Royco conglomerate that Logan Roy (Brian Cox) built with his family.
Logan’s children – Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck) all tried to veto the sale of the company to Lukas Mattson (Alexander Skarsgard)… but their plans were foiled at the last minute, when Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) alerted Logan of their plans… essentially throwing his own wife under the bus.
While the children all had the power to veto an impending sale, with the heads up from Tom, Logan was able to take out their veto power with a last-minute deal with his ex Caroline Collingwood (Harriet Walter).
This season will focus on the finalization of the Waystar Royco sale and how it, ‘provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is complete.’
Final: HBO confirmed earlier this month that the show’s fourth season would be its last, with this season likely revealing the fate of the Waystar Royco conglomerate that Logan Roy (Brian Cox) built with his family
Lukas: Logan’s children – Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck) all tried to veto the sale of the company to Lukas Mattson (Alexander Skarsgard)… but their plans were foiled at the last minute, when Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) alerted Logan of their plans… essentially throwing his own wife under the bus
The Season 4 premiere begins with Logan at his birthday party, saying hello to various guests.
Meanwhile, Kendall visits with Roman, who is on a business video call about their new venture, ‘The Hundred,’ which Kendall describes as, ‘ Substack meets Masterclass, meets The Economist, meets The New Yorker.’
Shiv arrives as Roman asks where she’s been, as he adds ‘We hear that you’ve been talking to the Jimenez transition team.’
She confirms, ‘Well, I’ve talked to them, but it’s because I’m helping them out, as you already know. Okay, so you– you are talking?’
Shiv adds, ‘No. I returned a call. They wanna, you know, talk about talking. They haven’t won the election, and they might not, and Dad might not sell, and you two might bail.’
Kendall adds that Logan is ‘two days away from selling’ but Shiv isn’t sure that Logan will sell.
They all revealed they have already drafted their letters of resignation from Waystar though Shiv wants to keep some options.
Back at the birthday party, Greg (Nicholas Braun) arrives with a date, Bridget, though he gets a hard time from Kerry (Zoe Winters).
‘You know, I’m not– I’m not sure this is appropriate,’ Greg says though Kerry says, ‘We’re not a f***ing Shake shack, Greg. This isn’t a pre-f**k party. It’s a birthday party.
Greg insists, ‘And… I am a cousin. I get a plus one. I’m like an honorary kid,’ though Kerry adds, ‘You do know that– that we’re in the middle of a very hotly contested election, your uncle’s on the break of a very large sale, and scoping out a very sensitive acquisition?’
‘So, are you certain that she’s not gonna leak details right before the board meeting? Do you know she’s not a hostile corporate asset?’ Kerry asks.
Meanwhile, Tom calls Shiv and tells her that he just had drinks with Naomi Pierce (Annabelle Dexter-Jones).
‘Yeah, I was just calling, just to give you a heads-up and just to say hi, and, um, just to say, just to let you know that I just had a little drink with Naomi Pierce last night,’ he says, though Shiv is confused.
Shiv asks, ‘You’re asking me, or you’re informing me?’ And Tom says, ‘Shiv, it’s not a thing. It’s not a thing.’
Shiv adds, ‘You know what? It’s fine. It’s fine. You’re dating my brother’s ex. It’s fine.’
Tom insists, ‘It’s social. It’s not a sexual thing. You know? So, there’s nothing I need to tell you about.’
Shiv goes off and says, ‘You know what? It’s fine. Go f***ing nail her in the coat check. I don’t care. The kid from St. Paul has really made it.’
Tom adds, ‘I just thought, under the terms of what we agreed, this was something worth discussing.
Shiv asks where he was at with her and he hangs up the phone and goes tells her siblings that Tom is with Naomi, which confuses Kendall.
Roman wonders if it could be, ‘a brain f**k. Dad twisting our turnips, playing the old f**k trombone.’
Connor and Willa (Justine Lupe) are talking with Greg at Logan’s party, as the couple are concerned their one percent could get ‘squeezed down.’
‘From one? ‘Cause that’s the lowest number possible. Uh, no. There’s, you know, decimals,’ Greg says.
‘You know, they’re saying that I could need to get aggressive in certain media markets because both sides are trying to squeeze my percent,’ he said.
Connor adds that he would get $100 million but that wouldn’t be enough to win the election.
‘The hope is that would maintain– maintain my percent,’ Connor says.
Tom goes to talk to Logan and ask if they would still be ‘good’ if he and Shiv were to get a divorce amid this ‘trial separation.’
‘We’ll always be good, right?’ Tom asks, and Logan replies, ‘If we’re good, we’re good.’
‘Okay. Well, that’s heartening. That’s– that’s heartening. I’m heartened by that. That’s great,’ Tom says, as Logan asks Kerry, ‘where’s the grub, huh? Tom’s going off his nut here.
The kids are talking about The Hundred and if they can launch another venture as well.
‘Yeah. Let’s launch a high-visibility, execution-dependent, disruptor news brand while simultaneously performing cpr on a fucking corpse of a legacy media conglomerate,’ she says.
Tom goes to Greg and says, ‘So, I hear you’ve made an enormous faux pas and everyone’s laughing up their sleeves -about your date.’
When Greg asks why, Tom says, ‘Because she’s brought a ludicrously capacious bag. What’s even in there? Huh? Flat shoes for the subway? Her lunch pail? I mean, Greg, it’s monstrous. It’s gargantuan. You could take it camping. You could slide it across the floor -after a bank job.’
Greg adds, ‘Well, whatever. She’s another tick on the chart. The Disgusting Brothers!’ though Tom says, ‘Don’t call us that.
Greg’s date arrives and says she thinks they should leave, adding, ‘Nothing. I just asked Logan for a selfie.’
‘ Yeah, I said, “Congrats on the big deal.” And I was, like, “Ka-ching. Am I right?” I was being– I was being funny.’
The kids say Nan thinks she’s ‘honor bound to another buyer’ and they’re close to agreeing to the outlines of a deal.
Kerry calls Roman and asks if they would consider giving dad a call, as they asked if dad actually asked.
Kerry says she can request a text for a call, but Roman says, ‘I’m afraid we’re gonna need to hear that voice, Kerry, okay?’
Connor goes to Willa and asks if she thinks their impending wedding is ‘special’ enough but she thinks he sounds ‘unhinged.’
Connor tells Willa that he’s scared and if he goes under 1% that he’d become a ‘laughingstock.’
Greg goes back to Tom telling him he had sex with his date in the guest bedroom.
‘You actually did it? Oh Greg, you are f***ed. You are f***ed. Logan is camera’d up the wazoo, CCTV,’ Tom says, but Greg says he didn’t know that.
Logan returns as Tom tells him that he watches the footage every night to see if anyone stole a butter knife.
Tom asks what happened and says he accidentally made Logan a sex tape, as Logan tells everyone the party is over and gathers his team upstairs.
The kids all arrive and Naomi tells Kendall that Nan is having a little headache and they want them to hold off and see how her headache.
Team Logan has learned that the kids are the other bidders and they contemplate whether or not to tell Logan… which they ultimately do.
Logan is told he is the ‘solid option’ and tells Tom to, ‘call your f***ing wife and tell them to get their own f***ing idea. It’s pathetic. And tell her she’s never had a single f***ing idea in her entire fucking life!’
Greg goes to tell Logan that he had sex in his house and Greg says Logan kind of smiled, but Greg is told she has to leave by Logan’s security Colin (Scott Nicholson).
He tells her she went to social media and they have to go through her phone and Greg tells him to do it on his own.
The kids finally get to meet Nan (Cherry Jones), who has recovered from her headache, who asks how they are faring in terms of their father.
Shiv says, ‘Uh, we’re fine. It’s just a complicated, private situation. Whereby we all hate him.’
Nan says, ‘So, I wanted to say thank you for coming, but I think it’s just a little bit too late. We have a preferred bidder. So, I hope that I have not inconvenienced you
‘No, really. I’m I am very sorry. May I offer you some bottles?’ though Kendall says they should hear the offer.
Nan says the trip was made in vain because the other offer is too good.
‘Listen, long story short, Nan. You called this right before. Yeah? Logan wants to take your company and f**k it. He loathes you and he wants to take your properties and roll them in the dirt. And we wouldn’t do that,’ Kendall says.
Shiv says, ‘Look, I think that after this election, we all, as a country, could be in a very bad place. And I could– we would maintain your values.’
Nan says, ‘That’s all good and well, but obviously, with one thing and another, we have a responsibility to get the best possible deal for my family and the other shareholders.’
‘I’m confident that we can be competitive on price,’ Kendall says as Nan asks, ‘And this place. How’s your financing? Not that I understand at all.’
Kendall says, ‘It’s robust. Tellis and our team can talk to your people,’ as Nan asks, ‘And in terms of your futures?’
Shiv adds, ‘Well, we’ve written our resignation letters, and the Gojo deal signs in 48 hours.’
Nan adds, ‘Nevertheless, you’d still be married to the head of ATN. That’s a bit messy,’ but she insists, ‘I’m getting a divorce, so…’
Nan admits, ‘This is very confusing. And I don’t want to talk numbers. It’s not about the numbers.’
They go out to the terrace to talk some more, while, back at Logan’s, he thinks it’s ‘too dry’ and asks his team to tell some jokes.
Frank starts, adding, ‘Uh, the thing about Logan Roy is… The thing about Logan is he’s a tough old nut.’
‘Oh, Christ. Sid f***ing Caesar,’ Logan says as he turns to Greg, who says, ‘You’re mean. You’re a mean, old man. You’re a mean, old bastard. Uh, and you scare the life out of folks. That’s your thing. You’re scaring me right now. And– and that’s why I don’t even know how– what to do.
Logan jokes, ‘Who wants to smell Greg’s finger. Hey? Guess the scent, win a buck.’ (Chuckles softly)
Greg adds, ‘Where’s all your kids, Uncle Logan? On your big birthday?’ as Logan says, ‘Well, where’s your old man, huh? Where’s your old man? Still sucking c**k at the county fair?’
He turns to Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) and asks, ‘Gerri, been sent anything funny lately?’
‘All a bit horrible for me. Thanks, Logan,’ she says, but Logan insists, ‘I’m not being horrible. I’m being fun. F***ing Munsters.
Tom tells Logan, ‘So, she would like to get this figured out. In theory, at least, tonight. The uncertainty is not good. And they would like us to get our best foot forward.’
Logan says, ‘Okay, okay, okay. Uh, Kerry, I may need input,’ while the kids talk to Tellis, who says, ‘Hey, yeah, uh, I think we can get that together.
They agree to start at $8 billion while Logan says they should start at 6 but Tom says they, ‘soft-floated’ $7 billion.
The kids tell Nan that they are ‘relaxed’ with an $8 billion landing spot, as Nan says, ‘This is disgusting, but thank you.’
Tom calls Shiv and the others and says he thinks they’re being ‘played a little here’ though they won’t reveal what actual numbers they are bidding.
Shiv asks what her dad’s ceiling is but they won’t reveal it… though shiv ultimately says it’s at 12 billion dollars, but Tom says, ‘F**k off.’
The kids talk about what their bid should be and they ultimately decide on $10 billion.
The kids go back to Nan, as Shiv tells her, ‘So, Nan, look, we love the company and the heritage and we’d like to make an offer that we think values the company and ends the conversation and closes this out. On an indicative handshake, we’d like to take Pierce to the next stage of its evolution with a bid of $10 billion.
Nan says, ‘That gives us something to think about,’ while, back at Logan’s, Tom gets a call and tells Logan, ‘So, they’re not accepting another bidder. They said they’ve received a conversation-ending offer.’
Logan says, ‘Tell them I’ll go up,’ but Tom tells him, ‘She says they’re content,’ adding he gets the impression the bid is, ‘upwards of nine-five.’
The kids get back to their car and Shiv says, ‘Kind of feels like we should fucking open some champagne,’ while Roman adds, ‘Well, I am going back to la to retire to my bedroom, and pull myself off quite aggressively hard. Thank you very much.’
Tom calls Shiv and asks her to put the phone on speaker, saying he wants to put them on speaker and he has a message from their father.
‘Congratulations on saying the biggest number, you f***ing morons,’ Logan says before walking away, which causes them all to laugh.
Shiv gets back home and finds Tom, who says, ‘I thought you were hoteling,’ but Shiv says, ‘I needed wardrobe access, actually, so.’
Tom asks if she wants to talk and she says, ‘I hear you and Greg call yourselves the “Disgusting Brothers” now. Right. Pretty cool. Do you have a logo and do you do the rules? Is Greg your wingman?’
Tom says, ‘We sometimes grab a drink, Shiv,’ though she keeps going and says, ‘Well, it’s pretty cool. I hear you date models now.’
‘Well, we agreed that we could have a look around while we had a think, right?’ he says as Shiv adds, ‘You look good. Ripped. Did you get buff for the models, Tom? Do you bring them back here and do the positions? Do you do all the positions with your models now, Tom? Do you take turns with Greg? Do they sit on your face to shut you up?’
Tom adds, ‘Do you really want to get into a full accounting of all the pain in our marriage? Because if you do, I can do that.’
Tom asks again if she wants to talk and she says, ‘I think it might be time for you and I to move on, as Tom says, ‘That makes me sad.’
‘And you don’t want to talk about what happened?’ Tom asks, as Shiv says, ‘Tom, I think we could talk things to death. But, actually, we both just made some mistakes and… I think a whole lot of crying and bulls** is not going to help that, so if you’re good, we can just walk away with our heads held high and… Say good luck, yeah?’
Tom asks if he could make love to her and she declines but says he can still stay if he wants.
‘We gave it a go,’ Shiv says and Tom goes, ‘Yeah, we gave it a go.’
Logan is walking his network ATN and he’s not happy with the on-air reporter and calls Cyd (Jeannie Berlin).
‘Who is this f***ing lunk anyway? He looks like a ball sack in a toupee. Are you losing it, Cyd?’ he says as she insists, ‘I’m all over it, Loge.
‘Are you f***ing losing it?’ Logan asks again but Cyd says, ‘I’m on it,’ as the episode comes to an end.
Deal: This season will focus on the finalization of the Waystar Royco sale and how it, ‘provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is complete’
While, for a majority of the series, the Roy children have been at odds with each other, the last few episodes of Season 3 found them finally joining forces to stop their father Logan from selling off the family’s media conglomerate.
Little did they know that family black sheep Tom Wambsgans (Matthew McFadyen) betrayed his own wife Shiv and gave Logan a heads up on what they were doing, giving him enough to remove their power to block the impending sale.
The final shots of Season 3 seemed to indicate that Shiv realized her husband betrayed her, though it’s unclear how that will play out in Season 4.
Succession creator Jesse Armstrong first confirmed that Season 4 will be the end of the show in a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker, where he was asked why he decided to confirm the final season before it debuted.
‘One, we could have said it as soon as I sort of decided, almost when we were writing it, which I think would be weird and perverse,’ Armstrong began.
‘We could have said it at the end of the season. I quite like that idea, creatively, because then the audience is just able to enjoy everything as it comes, without trying to figure things out, or perceiving things in a certain way once they know it’s the final season,’ he added.
‘But, also, the countervailing thought is that we don’t hide the ball very much on the show. I feel a responsibility to the viewership, and I personally wouldn’t like the feeling of, “Oh, that’s it, guys. That was the end.” I wouldn’t like that in a show. I think I would like to know it is coming to an end,’ he clarified.
He added, ‘And, also, there’s a bunch of prosaic things, like it might be weird for me and the cast as we do interviews. It’s pretty definitively the end, so then it just might be uncomfortable having to sort of dissemble like a politician for ages about it. Hopefully, the show is against bullshit, and I wouldn’t like to be bulls****ing anyone when I was talking about it.’
Children: While, for a majority of the series, the Roy children have been at odds with each other, the last few episodes of Season 3 found them finally joining forces to stop their father Logan from selling off the family’s media conglomerate
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