Snook, Brian Cox react to 'Succession' plot twist
Snook, Brian Cox react to 'Succession' plot twist
- 10th April 2023
| Inside the Episode: Season 4, Episode 3 | HBO Max
Succession universe has been upended in the third
episode of the critically acclaimed HBO series' fourth
and final season.
patriarch of the dysfunctional Roy family is dead.
Logan Roy, played by Brian Cox, has finally initiated
the very succession of the show's title by dying.
Now the scheming siblings will have to accelerate
their battle to the top, while awaiting the results
of whatever is in Roy's will.
though the cast was prepared in advance via a Zoom
call that informed them of Logan's demise, they say
they were still unprepared for the final scene with
the polarizing head of the family.
Jesse [showrunner Jesse Armstrong] told me that was
going to happen, I wasn't totally surprised. It made
sense, dramaturgically," says Jeremy Strong,
who plays Kendall Roy. "And then when I read
the script, I found it shocking and emotionally devastating."
siblings are gathered for Connor Roy's wedding on
a yacht when the news comes in. Strong says that as
he has been tasked to do many times before as a part
of the Succession cast, he had to stretch to reach
the demands of the role.
and time again I'll be given something that is the
limit of what I thought I was capable of as an actor,"
he says. "Here's my wall -- and you have no choice
but to go through that. And this episode was one of
the accomplished Scottish actor who earned two Emmy
nominations and a Golden Globe Award for his work
as Logan Roy, knew that his character's arc would
come to an end at some point.
told the New York Times that while he didn't anticipate
it being so soon in the final season, and that it's
always a challenging moment for an actor, he understands
why it had to happen.
feel, hang on, this is one of the greatest pieces
of work I've ever been involved in and suddenly it's
no more," Cox said in the HBO featurette released
after the episode aired. "But it also it reflects
what our existence is about because we're here for
a time and then we're gone."
added, "When you work with somebody who's a genius
like Jesse it's always sad when it comes to an end,
there's no question about it because you've had great
respect. It's going to be hard when the public sees
in episode 3 that Logan is gone because they've lived
with Logan for so long. So, they're going to miss
episode, titled "Connor's Wedding," was
shot in an unusual 30-minute take to give it a more
visceral feel. That involved stowing cameras around
the yacht where much of the episode takes place. As
film has to be reloaded every ten minutes, per director
Mark Mylod, who also appears in the featurette, the
actors were tasked with staying in the scene for what
is an unusually long time for a TV series. They viewed
it as akin to performing a one-act play.
felt like the most exciting episode we'd shot because
it moves in real-time," said Kieran Culkin, who
plays Roman Roy.
actress Sarah Snook, who plays Siobhan "Shiv"
Roy, says like the rest of the cast, she was surprised
by her TV father's end, but told Rolling Stone her
initial response was the same as anyone who watched
Whoa! That's a huge swing. That's amazing from Jesse.
In some ways, it was a long time coming," she
said. "The premise of the first episode was,
he was about to keel over. And there have been times
in the third season as well, in the episode with Adrien
Brody and Jeremy out at the island. There's always
been an ailing quality to [Logan] despite his robust
vigor. So the first question I had was, "So who
that should be the focus of Succession's final seven
episodes to see where the manipulating, posturing,
jockeying for position, and betrayals large and small
have gotten everyone. Although the Roys are rich,
the lure of the series has always been that dysfunctional
families, rich and poor, operate very similarly under
a couple of factors in where Logan's death falls in
our narrative trajectory," Armstrong says. "One
is a sort of base one, that maybe it will surprise
people. I am not immune from such thoughts as wanting
to keep the show exciting and fresh. I think much
more prominent was the feeling that if we do this,
we don't want to see people crying, have a funeral,
and be done with the show. We want to see how a death
of someone significant rebounds around a family."
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