Succession | Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Dundee”
In “Dundee,” Logan Roy (Brian Cox) comes home, in an example of art imitating life. (Both Roy and Cox were born and raised in the titular Dundee, Scotland.) It’s a bittersweet homecoming, with a strong emphasis on the bitter, as Logan becomes disenchanted with Rhea Jarrell (Holly Hunter), but not enough to block her ascension within the company. Meanwhile, even Shiv (Sarah Snook) comes around to the idea of Rhea running the ship, if only for now, and if only because a big storm is a-comin’. Then there’s the whole matter of Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) rapping in honor of his father. Try making it the rest of the week without “L to the OG” popping up in your brain.
Josh and Dom weigh in on all those subjects and more (and in this case, more means The Flamingo Kid with Fisher Stevens as well as Dom’s recent unfortunate encounter with an occasional friend of the podcast), with the help of listener feedback, which you can always submit on Twitter or using our feedback form. Emily Fox (@emelette) will return to the podcast in next week’s deep dive into the penultimate episode.
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 (Kieran 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.