The show’s epic finale gave us drama, cruelty, and the cold thud of reality.
Updated on May 29, 2023, at 1:48 a.m. ET
This article contains spoilers through the Season 4 finale of Succession.
Talk about a ludicrously capacious feast. After the Roy siblings finally agreed to back Kendall (played by Jeremy Strong) as their leader in the series finale of Succession, they commemorated the call with “a meal fit for a king”: a vomit-colored (and likely vomit-flavored) smoothie that included, among other unappetizing ingredients, bread, raw eggs, Branson pickles, and spit. Kendall gamely drank until he couldn’t, and then had the rest poured over his head like a slimy crown.
I felt as if I’d been gulping the meal down myself as I watched the episode—an equal parts hilarious, repulsive, and sensational end to one of the most enthralling series of our era. Sure, the eleventh-hour boardroom battle was to be expected for a show that has thrived off cutthroat corporate tactics, but the dramatic developments along the way kept me guessing—not only about who would end up leading Waystar Royco, the company Logan Roy (Brian Cox) left behind, but about who among these ruthless point-one-percenters could ever escape the vicious cycle instilled by the late patriarch. In the end, none of the Roy siblings won the throne Logan vacated. Shiv (Sarah Snook) schemed to stay close to power without guarantees of wielding any, forcing Kendall and Roman (Kieran Culkin) to exit the company. All three are left adrift, traumatized once again by the world in which they were raised, and the choices made by their late father—but perhaps more free.