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HBO Max’s Succession aired their season 3 finale not too long ago, what is coming for the Roy family next season?
Season 3 was a whirlwind that pit two Roy figures against each other. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and son Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) are both vying for leadership of the worldwide media conglomerate Waystar Royco, which the Roy family owns. Without spoiling anything, next season is only going to get crazier.
What shined this season was the character development. I loved seeing Kendall turn the tables on his father after volunteering him to take the fall for the company’s sexual misconduct crimes. The whole cast takes sides after the fallout between father and son. In addition to Strong and Cox, the show features Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, and Nicholaus Braun. The strong ensemble cast represents the Roy family, who are all trying to make power plays to reach the corporate ladder.
Matthew MacFayden personally plays my favorite character, Tom Wambsgans, as he is married into the Roy family and is constantly trying to fit in among the Roy Clan. In season one, he is an insufferable brown-noser that constantly inserts himself into family matters. In most cases, he ends up making a fool out of himself. His wife Siobhan Roy (Snook), is also a serial cheater, which unveils itself on their wedding day.
In season two, he starts becoming more assertive. While he is still a terrible person, Tom tends to become more charming as he enters the news sector of Waystar. MacFayden is such a joy to see and does such a great American accent that I was surprised to see that he is a Brit through and through.
Overall, Succession evolved into one of my favorite shows I’ve ever watched. With fascinating storytelling, stellar performances, and hilarious dialogue, it has everything a television series has to offer. It is a wildly compelling show with a subject matter I didn’t think I was going to be interested in at first: a corporate drama that has such a strong character-driven plot with plenty of twists and turns. It is deeply funny and every actor gives a great performance weekly. Not to mention that the writing is fantastic. It may not be up there like Breaking Bad was in terms of popularity, but it’s definitely a contender when it comes to the best show on television and streaming services right now.