Monday, June 17, 2024

“Succession” Throws Curve Ball of All Time, Delivering Most Powerful, Emotional, Hour of TV in Years (SPOILERS)


Logan Roy is dead.

The patriarch character of “Succession,” based on Rupert Murdoch, was killed off tonight in the 3rd episode of the show’s fourth and final season.

Already the reaction on social media is overwhelming. That’s because this was the most emotional hour of television in years. The Roys have fought among each other in the most vicious way for three seasons plus the last two episodes. And the whole thing was about love, lack of love, approbation, yearning for it. And now, that part of it is over.

I’m sure over the next five weeks we’ll see the Roy kids each each other alive to take over the company and come out on top. It will make “Game of Thrones” look like “Mary Poppins.” But for right now, the show was written with such despairing eloquence, and acted the same, the second showing right now on HBO should push the ratings into the stratosphere.

What Jesse Armstrong, the writer and creator of the show, has done is hit a bullseye dramatically. The emotions are so real and raw and unexpected throughout the roller coaster of denial and reluctant acceptance there’s huge identification. Brian Cox made Logan such a royal, immortal figure that a sudden death seems impossible. But last night week it was kind of telegraphed when the group of them had their final meeting. Logan actually apologized to them all. Even though no one accepted it, it was his farewell.

Emmys for the show and everyone involved. Outstanding work.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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