Logan the kingmaker.
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This week’s Succession has no cold opening. Season 3, Episode 6, “What it Takes” is all business. The Roy family, a wildly wealthy, but morally bankrupt, chooses the next leader for the free world.
The Roys arrive at a conservative convocation and are surrounded by their right-wing brethren because they have nobbling the current president. Logan Roy is a kingmaker. This leaves Kendall, the prince who is a wanderer, in the cold. Things are getting serious for America and the Roy family.
Episode 6 is streaming now on HBO Max. Warning!
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What you think I think
Kendall is the best lawyer, has the best story, and has the most ridiculous receipts. Why is everything falling through his hands? This season, Kendall is a regular guest on the show. He will say something offensive or entitled and then play it off as a joke. “I’m not saying this. He admonishes the legal team in this episode. He is self-aware enough to realize he has said something that he shouldn’t. He’s wealthy enough to say it anyway and expect it will happen.
He thinks he is smart, which is his biggest problem. Although he’s smart enough to find the best people to work for him, he’s not bright enough to learn from their experience. Kendall is a child at heart who hates being told what to do. Logan and WayStar have been reintroduced to the game, attempting to slow down the investigation so they can turn off the heat.
The next president is in this room
The Roys arrive in Virginia to attend a conservative conference (ConCon, if your will), where movers and shakers gather to determine who can replace Raisin and run for President at such short notice. Although Future freedom summit is safe and you don’t have the obligation to pretend to like Hamilton it still emits “Berlin bunker vibes.”
We quickly meet several new characters in a typical Succession fashion and must figure out who they are. Stephen Root plays the grand muckety-muck. Although he may have a real name, it’s easier to remember Larry Lech as his nickname. His joke about being canceled is the only thing that’s more cringeworthy than his flirting. Logan whispers to him that he will nominate a Republican nominee the base can support, and Logan takes care of the picking in the “ATN primary.”
One man, one vote.
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What about the other contenders? Vice President Dave, the cartoon-loving cartoon bear with a lip-licking smile, is one of them. Selgado is a straight-talking cartoon bear who attacks Shiv and promises to keep Logan in jail. Jared, the box office firebrand of the alt-right, is also available.
Oh, and Connor. Yeeesh.
Logan has to choose the best from a bad group. Shiv’s conscience finally prevails and he chooses Jared. Shiv’s familial ruthlessness has reached its limits when she refuses Logan’s endorsement. When Logan asks Shiv if she is part of the family, her simmering tension with her father finally comes to an end. Shiv makes a decision to stand with her clan at the moment.
Mom and Munion
The family is hit with a more personal bombshell when Roman, Shiv and Kendall discover that their mother is getting married. Lady Caroline Collingwood was seen in London at Tom and Shiv’s wedding in season 1. In season 2, she is set to marry Peter Munion, a CEO of a care home.
Fans of razor-sharp political satire The Thick of It will chuckle at the name. Along with Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci wrote the show. And one of the main characters was a baggily conservative politician named Peter Mannion.
Pip Torrens appears to have played Munion, as seen in Roman’s picture. Torrens has played sneering scoundrels in the likes of Poldark, Preacher, Patrick Melrose, and The Nevers, suggesting Munion will be bad news. There’s no time for Lady Caroline to appear in the series. This is presumably because her new boyfriend could play in season 4. We will welcome Harriet Walter’s acerbic wit, giving Logan a run for her money.
Merry Christmas, Tom
Terminal Tom now has a new name: He’s the Christmas tree on which you can hang all your crimes. Greg, who is becoming increasingly miserable, starts suing Greenpeace and asks Tom if he will take the rape for him. Tom is disappointed and resigned in the one person he can control, but he agrees.
Tom is still a surprise. Tom is convinced he will go to prison and meets Kendall to find out if he can change sides. Kendall attempts to flatter Tom by complimenting him on his grift, which is a typical Roy way of looking at people. Kendall could have Tom as his ace in the hole but he sticks to his guns. “My hunch” is that you will get fucked, Tom informs Kendall. “I’ve seen Logan get fucked many times… and I have never seen you get fucked once.”
Season 3, episode 6: What it Takes, airs next Sunday, Nov. 21.
Kendall’s wishlist: Immunity, tackling Waystar and his Dad. Kendall is told by Lisa Arthur that “I don’t accept requests because I’m not a DJ.”
Holly Hunter, a guest star in previous seasons, had a significant impact on the show’s storyline. The most popular guest stars are single-episode guests, regardless of whether COVID restrictions have been enforced or storytelling choices that place emphasis on the family. Adrien Brody drove episode 4 as a heavyweight shareholder, while Alexander Skarsgard has only one episode left to put in an appearance.
Let’s just take a minute to recognize that Kendall will be overthrown by maritime law.
Roman approved Dr. Honk’s movie, about a man who could communicate with cars. You’d probably watch it.
It’s coming together when Greg is the voice for reason and owes it to his country.
The final episode of the season invites us to Kendall’s 40th birthday party, billed as “Weimar meets Carthage meets Dante meets AI meets antibiotic-resistant superbug.” We have to see this…
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