HBO’s hit show Succession is back with its fourth season, and it promises to be an exciting one. In the first episode, titled “The Munsters”, the show opens with the Roy family dealing with the fallout of their failed coup attempt.
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In this episode, family patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) celebrates his birthday in New York while his children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiva (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin), plot their revenge against him. Los Angeles.
The episode centers on Tom (Matthew McFadden) and Shiva’s failed marriage, with Tom beginning to realize that Logan only values him as a way to keep tabs on his rebellious children. Both are on the verge of divorce, but still, they could not finish what they started. Tom and Shiva’s story is a highlight of the episode, their relationship serving as an excellent metaphor for the show’s central theme, power and its corrupting influence.
Meanwhile, Logan is unhappy at his own birthday party, surrounded by the “demons” he hates. He eventually runs into a diner with his bodyguard, Colin (Scott Nicholson), where he muses on the fleeting nature of life and the economy. But what ultimately wakes them up are events happening across the country, where their children are forming a new venture, “The Hundred,” with top thinkers from key fields.
Shiva, Kendall and Roman’s story leads them to Los Angeles, where they are waiting for Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones), who is trying to sell her left-leaning media company, Pierce Global Media. Logan has his eye on the company, and despite The Hundred’s potential, Shiva and his siblings must try to persuade Nan to take them seriously. Their trip to the vineyard where Nan lives serves as a hilarious contrast to Logan’s miserable night in New York.
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Overall, the first episode of Succession’s fourth season is a strong start to the final season, delivering the show’s trademark mix of dark humor, family drama, and betrayal. The fans of the show must be eagerly anticipating what the future holds for the Roy family and how their story will end.