The dangerous information? Succession is coming to an finish. The excellent news? It is going out on a excessive observe.
Jesse Armstrong’s Emmy-winning drama takes no prisoners in its fourth and last season. It is as unsparing and sharp as its predecessors, but in some way manages to up the present’s audacity to new heights. You thought finale twists like Kendall’s (Jeremy Sturdy) betrayal of Logan (Brian Cox) or Logan’s resolution to promote Waystar Royco had been game-changers? Prepare, as a result of a number of moments within the first 4 episodes despatched to critics eclipse these showstoppers. The phrases “brace yourselves” do not feel like sufficient.
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Logan battles his youngsters in Succession Season 4.
L to the OG in battle mode.
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Following an explosive Season 3 finale that noticed Logan distancing Kendall, Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) from Waystar — a definitive “fuck off” from the “fuck off” king — Season 4 of Succession picks up with the Roys in an all-out conflict.
Logan is within the last phases of promoting Waystar to tech mogul Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård), a deal that pushes out Kendall, Shiv, and Roman, who’ve plans to start out up their very own rival enterprise. In the meantime, eldest Roy son Connor (Alan Ruck) continues his presidential bid with little success, and Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Greg (Nicholas Braun) maintain down the fort at ATN.
Succession has performed with comparable plotlines earlier than, however right here they attain their heightened, vicious conclusions. With the Roy siblings lastly united towards their father, the present’s backstabbings and betrayals have by no means felt extra uncooked. Enterprise negotiations grow to be riveting battlefields the place the Roys sort out their private issues with speak of financing and market caps. Passive aggressive swipes — together with some scorchers that can absolutely wind up within the Succession insult pantheon — are additional proof of the chopping methods this household finds to tear itself aside.
Succession’s last season will get off to an exciting begin.
“You’ll be able to’t make a Tomlette with out breaking some Greggs.”
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Succession has at all times been good, but it surely’s the sense of finality that makes this season such an exceptional watch. In a callback to the present’s very first episode, Season 4 opens with Logan’s birthday celebration. However with three of his 4 youngsters avoiding him and the sale of his firm mere days away, Logan finds himself in a vastly totally different place. It is an efficient, virtually poignant option to kick off the beginning of the season: There is not any escaping that that is the start of the tip.
With that finish in sight, Succession pulls out the stops and goes greater than it has earlier than, making a number of daring selections in these 4 episodes alone that genuinely had me questioning, “The place can we go from right here?”
But regardless of the season’s boldest narrative chess strikes, Succession by no means loses sight of the threads of damage that run between every of its characters. In reality, Season 4 locations Logan and his youngsters at their most weak factors but, each business-wise and emotionally. The push and pull between retaliation and any chance of reconciliation drives these opening episodes and permits the always-incredible Succession ensemble to ship some show-best performances.
It is tempting to really feel unhappy about dropping Succession. (I do know that I will have a troublesome time letting this present go.) However with such a bombastic begin to Season 4, it is unimaginable to disclaim that we’ll get a top-tier nearer to a top-tier drama. Succession could also be ending, but it surely’s ending by itself phrases — and what phrases they’re.
Succession Season 4 premieres Mar. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max(Opens in a brand new tab), with new episodes airing weekly.