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Are You Ready for the Last Big ROY-al Rumble that is SUCCESSION?

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Supposedly there is a clue in the poster. Something within the reflected surfaces, like the airplane. Hmmm?

Are you ready for the fourth and final season of SUCCESSION? Sarah Snook sure wasn’t. The actress personifying Siobhan Shiv Roy was the last to know the show was wrapping up. Brian Cox, on a Brit talk show, stated, “She only found out it was finishing at the table read of the last episode, which is a bit late. We all knew. We all thought everybody else knew. I knew for a while.” Snook later said, “I was very upset. I felt a huge sense of loss, disappointment, and sadness. It would have been nice to know at the beginning of the season, but I also understand not being told until the end because there was still a potential that maybe

this wasn’t going to be the end. “Emotionally, all of us weren’t necessarily ready to be done with the show because we love each other so much. But everything has to come to an end, and it’s smart not to let something become a parody of itself.” 

Many fans, including this one, agree that it is best to go out on top, not to overstay your welcome and start to weaken. I’m sure there are those who were as shocked as Sarah Snook. But come on, eventually, we would all get a little weary of the backstabbing and burning insults, right? There is not much dialogue that hasn’t already been said left in that vein by this family anyway, especially its patriarch. Alan Ruck, who plays Connor Roy, mentioned to Empire that “I think it’s the right time to end it in terms of the struggle to see who’s going to take the command of this empire. A fifth season would have been drawn out, and if it just faded away, that would have been a disgrace. Not everything is resolved. Like life itself.”  

Are you ready to find out who becomes the heir to the Roy Empire? Well, look at that last quote again so as to not possibly set yourself up for disappointment. Ruck says “not everything is resolved.” That means that this series could end up not being about who ends up succeeding Logan Roy but more about the cut-throat process of attempting to do just that. Going off on a bit of a tangent, it is kind of like HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS; it’s not about why and how people mysteriously departed but how those left dealt with the crisis.  

All will play out as it should over the ten-episode season which debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 26 (9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. It all stems from the power moves from last season. Remember what went down? The brood found a little bargaining chip that they could use against dear old Dad; Shiv’s husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) shocks them all by siding with Logan instead of his wife and a shift of loyalties between many of the players just tangles up the whole shebang yet again. Plus, don’t forget that Kendall (Jeremy Strong) is in a bit of a criminal mess and well, yeah, everyone’s a mess. Who knows where it will all end up, but you can be sure fans of quality television will be glued once again to HBO to find out. And if people try to interrupt your time with this fine example of quality programming to watch Dr. Pimple Popper instead, tell them to…



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