“It’s Substack meets MasterClass meets The Economist meets The New Yorker,” explains Kendall.
Like many of the Roy siblings’ concepts, The Hundred appears extra model than substance, however not less than it has the narrative impact of bringing them collectively. The crushing insults are nonetheless there (“Your face is giving me a headache,” Roman tells Shiv), however they continue to be a united entrance – for now.
The very nature of a much-loved present returning after an extended absence (it’s been greater than a yr because the season three finale) calls for a certain quantity of box-ticking and context-providing.
So whereas the youngsters are cosplaying at being media moguls, again on the get together we’re catching up with Tom and Greg now presenting as “The Disgusting Brothers”.
Life in Logan’s inside sanctum has its upsides for each. Greg can carry a plus one to Logan’s celebration however, in basic Greg model, he invitations a Hinge date who later asks Logan for a selfie. It’s sufficient to get him scolded by Kerry (“We’re not a f—ing Shake Shack, Greg”).
In the meantime, Tom appears to be relishing his closeness to Logan, even when it hasn’t resulted in newfound confidence. The primary dialog between the pair sheds mild on two important developments for the season.
Firstly, Shiv and Tom are headed for divorce and Tom must know he’ll nonetheless be an honorary Roy even when he’s not married to at least one. “If we’re good, we’re good,” says Logan cryptically.
Secondly, Logan is trying to increase Waystar’s megadeal with GoJo (which nonetheless must undergo) by buying Pierce World Media, the anti-Waystar conglomerate helmed by Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones).
The Roy siblings get a whiff of the Pierce deal after Tom lets slip to Shiv (outdated habits die arduous), and it doesn’t take lengthy for them to desert The Hundred in favour of pursuing Pierce and one-upping Logan.
Unusually, solely Roman appears upset by how shortly they alter lanes: “You need to f–k dad; you need to f–k Tom; I’m the one one which doesn’t need to f–k anybody.”
It’s right here we see the primary chink within the armour with regards to Roman, Shiv and Kendall. Roman has historically been the least wanting to problem Logan, and The Hundred was a approach of doing one thing new with out poking the bear. His hesitancy to enter battle towards Waystar appears like a watch this area second; if anybody will flip, it’s Logan’s favorite little sicko.
Maybe essentially the most curious side of this episode is that, regardless of his wins, Logan appears adrift, surrounded by sycophants on his birthday however painfully alone.
He escapes the get together to dine with Colin, his loyal fixer and bodyguard, and it’s a credit score to the writing that we really feel one thing near empathy when Logan tells him, “You’re my finest pal”.
Like everybody in Logan’s life, Colin is on the payroll, so his friendship relies on his employment – he’s paid to pay attention.
“All the pieces I attempt to do, individuals flip towards me,” complains Logan. “Nothing tastes prefer it used to anymore; nothing is similar because it was.”
It’s a curious scene that hints a disaster of confidence is brewing for Succession’s infallible killer. The miserable dinner chat solely will get darker when Logan muses concerning the afterlife, admitting he suspects nothing awaits us after demise.
However the tender second is quickly disrupted by information that his youngsters try to hijack the Pierce deal; time to bench the vulnerability and change again to vitriol. “Tom, name your f–king spouse and inform them to get their very own f–king thought; it’s pathetic,” roars Logan. Now that’s extra prefer it.
We quickly discover ourselves in a bidding struggle; Nan Pierce taking part in each side towards one another. That is fertile floor for Succession, bouncing between telephone calls and billion-dollar bids.
In the end, Waystar is prepared to spend $7 billion to lock up Pierce, however you may’t put a worth on how a lot Shiv, Tom and Roman need to enrage their father and snatch victory…
Really, you may: it’s $10 billion, in any other case often known as a “conversation-ending” provide.
Whereas the youngsters toast their success, Logan lastly reaches out to cross on his finest needs. “Congratulations on saying the most important quantity, you f—ing morons,” he spits over the telephone earlier than the road goes lifeless.
You may rely on one hand the variety of occasions Logan has come off second finest, and whereas he could also be unimpressed with how his youngsters gained, it’s nonetheless a win and a attainable reflection that his gravest fears have come to cross: nothing is similar because it was.
Following the deal, Shiv returns to New York for a reunion with Tom. The pair commerce blows for some time, Shiv taking pictures at Tom’s newfound penchant for sleeping with fashions: “Do they sit in your face to close you up?”
Tom makes use of the dialog to skewer Shiv’s coldness: “Do you actually need to get right into a full accounting of all of the ache in our marriage?”
Neither of them does, so as an alternative, they name an unstated truce. Regardless of the animosity, the pair can’t assist however search one another out, and there’s magnificence of their give up; they find yourself mendacity on the mattress, palms interlocked, unable to go away.
For a present so used to baring its tooth, Succession is selecting to reveal its soul. The episode ends with a half-asleep Logan tuning into ATN’s nightly chat present, the ageing king surveying the fiefdom.
Unimpressed with the on-screen expertise, Logan calls Cyd, the community’s head, to complain. “Who is that this f–king lunk, anyway? Are you dropping it, Cyd? Are you f–king dropping it?” he asks.
It’s a query directed at Cyd, however you get the sensation Logan may be speaking to himself.
Succession is dropping new episodes each Monday on Foxtel and Binge.