[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Succession, Season 4 Episode 8, “America Decides.”]
America notoriously is determined by free and truthful elections, however what folks won’t pay attention to is the truth that there’s some superb print that claims if there’s a gaggle of siblings within the midst of the shakiest alliance attainable, all ready to stab each other within the again at any second, they’re truly allowed to sway the election outcomes to swimsuit their agenda and cease a lower than stellar deal from taking place. It’s within the Structure! Look it up!
The eighth episode of Season 4 of Succession locations us smack in the course of election night time stress at ATN: Tom is attempting to maintain a grasp on an more and more chaotic newsroom, one which’s infiltrated by Roman, Kendall, and Shiv. Like many particulars on this constantly glorious present, so many components of the night really feel somewhat too acquainted; does the concept of an election that includes a loud, proud, right-wing candidate ring a bell? What about if these election outcomes then turned closely contested, and a sure information channel gleefully added gasoline to the fireplace for that candidate’s supporters?
The Roy siblings are already on shaky floor initially of the episode, with Shiv scheming with Matsson, Roman fortunately aligning with President-Elect Mencken, and Kendall able to ditch Roman whereas concurrently having a disaster about his parenthood, or lack there of. It’s fairly enjoyable when Kendall periodically remembers that he has children — based on his ex-wife, Rava, their daughter Sophie has skilled a pointy improve in schoolyard bullying, due to the rhetoric being tossed round by Mencken and his camp.
In some way, it by no means turns into simpler to look at these siblings disintegrate — each second of stability and care is undercut by episodes like “America Decides,” wherein one of the vicious and toxic fights between the surviving Roys happens. Sarah Snook is reliably unbelievable all through Succession, however Season 4 has actually given her alternatives to shine greater than ever earlier than. The magic of this present, total, is in its capability to make us care about these horrible, no-good, very unhealthy folks — Snook is so layered as an actress that it’s extremely simple to neglect that, usually, Shiv shouldn’t be an excellent individual! In any respect! On the finish of the day, Shiv is admittedly solely searching for Shiv.
That being mentioned, seeing Shiv getting emotionally battered all through virtually the entire episode verges on insufferable. Tom is in one of many worst headspaces we’ve witnessed all through the present’s total run; election night time appears like a complete reverse of the resigned man we noticed able to go to jail all through the earlier season. If we thought the balcony struggle was unhealthy, issues by some means worsen when Shiv’s pleas for liberty and equity fall on deaf ears, and a second of desperation pushes her to disclose her being pregnant to Tom. His ice-cold response, questioning if it’s simply one other “play,” is legitimately devastating.
There’s one other jarring second in the direction of the tip of the episode when Kendall mentions that the funeral hasn’t even taken place but. That is probably the most compressed season of Succession when it comes to timeline — the entire occasions we’ve seen within the eight episodes up to now have taken place days aside from each other. Logan isn’t even within the floor but! When Shiv pleads with Tom, saying, “My father simply died,” she’s no exaggerating one bit.
Equally distressing is Roman’s continued spiral into chaos. He’s unmoored, and this episode reveals that Mencken may be the lifeline to which he’s desperately determined to know. One second, Kendall is able to minimize him unfastened and step into the CEO function solo; however when Shiv’s secret alliance with Matsson is revealed (courtesy of a cocaine-addled Greg), Kendall instantly falls into step together with his depressing youthful brother.
Like the remainder of America, we virtually forgot to say Connor Roy, who, sadly, didn’t get elected president. This episode left off with some cliffhanger vitality — even Willa (who was serving First Girl Stylish this episode) appeared involved by Connor’s menace of “the Con-heads coming,” and Kendall’s journey dwelling was tinged with some severe unrest. Succession has been recognized to knock it out of the park with a stunning season finale or two, however this complete last season has felt like a high-stakes, out-of-control journey. Tonight, we careened that a lot nearer to no matter destiny awaits us. Subsequent time: Logan’s funeral awaits.
New episodes of Succession premiere Sundays on HBO and HBO Max.