Season 4 of The Succession: A “saucy” finale
And the season features sly callbacks to earlier episodes, giving it a sense of coming full circle. It opens with Logan’s birthday party at his apartment, the same location and occasion that introduced many of the characters in the very first episode of the series, when the question of who might succeed him at the helm of the empire seemed imminent. Of the children, Connor is the only one attending the celebration this time, but the others are not far from Logan’s mind. Typically wry, he asks Tom, “Have you heard of the rats?”
Logan, of course, is the towering figure who was constantly thought to be losing his relationship just to outsmart his kids. After all, he taught them this game and he is the master. He is brutal and cruel to them, but they often seem much worse than him. Cox increasingly captures Logan’s rage, relentless grip on power, mistrust and growing isolation. No wonder he is so magnetic, yet inscrutable to his rivals.
Logan is the closest the show has to reality, and his character is the main reason The Succession has become a part of the cultural and political conversation off-screen. Early on, the series raised questions about which mogul might have been based on Logan, perhaps Rupert Murdoch or Sumner Redstone. Now the fictional Roys are reference points for real-life family empires. A fresh one Noble The excerpt about the book detailing Redstone’s messy legacy is titled The Sordid Family Saga that Makes Succession Look Tame. Two years ago, an article in The Telegraph titled that the billionaire Sumner Redstone was a real-life Logan Roy.
The Murdoch echoes are stronger than ever as a smear grayling against Fox News Channel in the headlines of The White House amid allegations that Fox coverage helped Donald Trump in the 2020 election and later tried to cast doubt on its results. This season, Logan drops his Fox-esque fictional channel ATN from the Waystar deal, retaining his political power. As Fox claims, ATN played a royal role in the US presidency. However, Succession does not support character viewpoints. The show is non-partisan, cynical about all politics, and makes it clear that money means more than ideology.
Armstrong and Cox insisted that Logan was a mix of influences, but of course the creators didn’t have to look for parallels. Sometimes a great show is so well thought out that it just ends. “The thing about us is… we’re not embarrassed,” Shiv told a rival last season, and that line sums up a lot about how slyly The Succession reflects culture. “The United States has entered an era of post-shame politics,” the an NPR podcast and MSNBC political analyst Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, in February, said in January: “We live in a post-shame world”. At times the succession is so pointless that it hardly seems like fiction.
The fourth season of Succession premieres on HBO Max on March 26, and on Sky Atlantic and Now TV from March 27.
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