Succession | Season 2 Finale Recap: “This is Not For Tears
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) were going to podcast about the Succession season two finale, “This is Not For Tears,” completely on their own — but in the last minute, they decided to flip the script and invite their cousin Ben, now operating under the name Bendall Roy.
In “This is Not For Tears,” the “blood sacrifice” stands revealed: Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), second eldest son of Logan Roy (Brian Cox). But Kendall does not go quietly into the night; instead, he reveals himself as “a killer,” and reveals his father as “a malign presence” for all the world to see.
Kendall’s shocking reversal sets the stage for an even more turbulent third season, with several questions remaining about exactly how the next year of Succession takes shape. Was this Kendall lashing out against his father in a way Logan could finally respect? Was it all part of Logan’s master plan? Those questions and many more are weighed in the finale recap as Josh, Emily and Ben dig into feedback and their own theories about Logan’s smile, the Greg sprinkles, Tom and Shiv’s collapsing marriage and much more.
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.