The Roy siblings ask a crucial question in the Succession Season 3 Finale: And When Did You Last Trust Your Father?

Succession Season 3 Finale teaches Roy siblings you can’t trust your father.

The Roy siblings, Roman (Kieran Culkin), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), and Shiv (Sarah Snook)(left to right) learn they cannot trust their father in the season 3 finale of HBO’s Succession. Photo by Graeme Hunter.

Season Three of HBO’s Emmy award-winning drama Succession delivers a finale both surprising and consistent with the Roy family drama going back to the show’s first moments.

In the episode “All The Bells Say,” elderly Logan Roy (Brian Cox) has no interest in family love or loyalty when controlling the reins of his Fox-like entertainment and media corporation WayStar RoyCo. Logan’s stance on a pending merger with tech giant GoJo and negotiations with GoJo Founder Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard) is to win individually at all costs. His children, Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Kendall (Jeremy Strong), can build their own company. 

If Logan is one thing, he’s a consistent S.O.B. He’s happy to kick his kids to the curb to pocket a few extra billion. What’s surprising is watching Shiv, Roman, and Kendall unite to stop their father from selling WayStar RoyCo and eliminating their leadership positions. 

The Roy siblings usually battle each other for their father’s favors and opportunities to lead the company. Watching them unite to defeat their father makes a fantastic and surprising cliffhanger.

Here are other standout surprises from the Season 3 finale of Succession.

Kendall Roy is alive and kicking.

Watching Kendall dangle from a pool float in the previous episode, I admit to believing the show’s true tragic hero was dead. Not only is Kendall alive and kicking, but he’s also confessed to past misdeeds and is ready to fight his father.

Shiv’s husband, Tom (Mathew Macfadyen), is diabolical.

Shiv’s husband Tom (Mathew Macfadyen) comes off as a one-joke cuckold and Roy family pushover during most of the series. Everything about Tom changes in the closing scenes of Season 3 when he double-crosses his wife and partners with Logan. It’s arguably the most shocking subplot in the series.

Roman Roy has a heart.

Actor Kieran Culkin perfectly portrays Roman Roy as a pervy, smarmy opportunist ready to do anything to earn his father’s approval. It’s heartbreaking seeing Roman fail to dissuade his father from selling the company via declarations of family love and loyalty. It’s heartwarming watching Roman comfort his brother about past misdeeds.

Series: Succession

Episode: All The Bells Say

Director: Mark Mylod 

Writer: Jesse Armstrong

Production Gary Sanchez Productions

Distributor: Home Box Office

Behind the Curtain: Succession is returning for Season Four. Executive Producer Georgia Pritchett tells The Times she believes the series will have five seasons or possibly end at four.

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