Succession | Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: “Hunting”
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward
) and Emily Fox (@emelette
) go on the record with their thoughts about Succession
season two, episode three: “Hunting.”
In “Hunting,” Logan Roy (Brian Cox) announces his plans to combat his rivals: buy up PGM, a massive media conglomerate that stands diametrically opposed to the Waystar Royco worldview. Logan’s inner circle protests the strategy, but ever so quietly, delegating the responsibility to stand up and speak out against the plot like a game of hot potato. In no time at all, a different game emerges: “Boar on the Floor,” an improvised witch hunt in which Logan attempts to ferret out the traitors in his midst — separating the wheat from the chaff, or the snakes from the morons, as it were. In the process, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) outs brother Roman (Rory Culkin) for trying to broker the PGM deal behind Logan’s back, thereby inadvertently putting a huge thorn in the deal’s side.
Back in New York, Shiv (Sarah Snook) is charged with speaking to elder half-brother Connor (Alan Ruck) about his desire to run for President of the United States — an embarrassing notion all on its own, but potentially a detrimental one to the Waystar Royco universe. All the while, she’s attempting to remote-control husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) into thwarting the PGM buy-out, referring to him as her “meat puppet.” Tom is not only displeased at the notion, but outright bad at the operation, leading to his placement as one of the many boars on the floor — right alongside Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), already in the thick of a panic attack due to his role in speaking with someone writing a tell-all biography about Logan Roy.
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About Succession …
Created by Jesse Armstrong for HBO, Succession focuses on the Roy family, rich and powerful monsters with their hands on the wheel of an enormous media empire. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is the patriarch who built the empire, brick by brick, but in his aging and ailing state, it’s time for him to consider the line of succession. He has four children to choose from, all of whom are problematic for their own litany of reasons: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan’s drug-addicted “number one boy”; Roman (Rory Culkin), a jester in a power suit; Shiv (Sarah Snook), a political animal who is on the fringes of the family business; and Connor (Alan Ruck), the eldest sibling with no apparent appetite for the job. Dark horses like Tom Wamsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) are jockeying for the job, while inside-outsiders like Cousin Greg (Nicholas Bran) want nothing more than to scrape on by as best as they can. But of all the candidates to rule Waystar Royco, there is only one leading candidate in Logan’s decaying mind: himself.