‘Succession’ is coming to an end and the Roys are fighting for the succession until the last moment. The ending promises to answer the question of which brother will ultimately win the war for WaystarRoyco, and Jeremy Strongwho plays Kendall Roy, the de facto successor to the throne vacated by his father, Logan (Brian Cox), has explained its transformation into the Official podcast of the HBO series.
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Strong compares Kendall’s actions to those of another anti-hero from HBO’s legendary catalogue: Daenerys Targaryen. When he sees all of his siblings and those around him with someone, he realizes that he has become completely isolated, his cost for climbing to the top of the world and at the unexpected moment rises like a phoenix from the ashes. after the collapse of Roman, demonstrating agile leadership on the spur of the moment.
“The hinge of the episode, really, is Roman screwing up his speech and Kendall taking over, which means yet another triumph. He’s moving stronger and stronger, in a sense, and the church is feeling it. “I think we’re seeing more and more that he’s the son of Logan Roy and that Logan is his middle name.”
As he manages to channel his father’s ability to command a room and define Logan’s complicated legacy, he also asserts himself as Waystar Royco’s heir apparent, or at least rises to the occasion after the disastrous speeches by his uncle Ewan (James Cromwell) and his brother.
“It’s like a Dracarys moment for Kendall. Starting from the end of the sixth episode, I really think he can see the endgame. There’s a lot going on in the ninth episode. He feels guilt about the choice and his guilt in doing this kind of thing. Faustian deal, actually, he’s fully committed, and he knows it. I think he’s in crisis, he sees the real moral hazard we see in the previous episode. But his ex-wife Rava calls him and takes the kids out of town , and then Jess leaves him too.”
Strong’s refers to the moment in which his assistant tells him that he is leaving and that he has “other commitments” when he smells about Jeryd Menken, being a racialized person, he has reasons that Ken can’t see, but it is key in his change.
“Her assistant Jess is a fantastic character and Juliana Canfield is a brilliant actress, and I love that she was given this great scene. But she is, in a sense, one of the only people Kendall has left. Everyone else is they have gone Shiv has a relationship with Tom other characters we see in relation to people.
And Jess is the only place Kendall feels safe, so her resignation is a real mortal wound for Kendall. He keeps pushing, but I think he really throws him off a bit, which only heightens his need to get what he wants. So I think he just duplicates his own momentum.”
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