Monday, July 22, 2024

“Succession” Post-Mortem with Spoilers: Alexander Skarsgard Gets Not One But Two Meta Jokes



Ok. Now that episode 5 of “Succession” has ended, there are a couple of meta jokes at Alexander Skarsgard’s expense. I didn’t want to give them away during the week.

The first is when his character, Matsson, tells Shiv that he’s been sending blood to his comms lady, Ebba. Forget that he’s involved in a big MeToo situation. Skarsgard is famous for playing a vampire on “True Blood.” He hasn’t given up his vampire ways.

Second, at the retreat Matsson is surprised to learn Greg is a cousin. “Are you all related to each other?” he asks. “How many of you are there?”

This is really meta. Of course people keep saying this about the Skarsgard family. Father Stellan is a very busy respected actor, known from “Good Will Hunting.” Brother Bill has emerged as another busy actor, currently in “John Wick 4.” There’s another, Gustaf, and who knows how many are waiting out there? It was very funny.

Great episode. Shiv and Roman were heartbreaking. Greg may know more than he’s saying — how did he know about the Kill List? The writing remains impeccable, as does everything else.

And somehow they’ve pulled off two episodes without Logan.

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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