If we thought the ‘Succession’ season 3 finale was that moment where the show gets its own “red wedding”, we were not prepared for what happened in ‘Connor’s Wedding’, the third episode of season 4 and finale of the excellent HBO series.
Of course, from here spoilers… that is, don’t go any further.
Following the bleak ending to last week’s episode, the boys prepare to go to Connor’s (Alan Ruck) wedding, while Logan (Brian Cox) flies off to cmiss the deal with Matsson. However, soon all things will go wrong when we find out that the patriarch has collapsed.
In this way, much of the episode takes place with Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) devastated when they receive the newstrying to say some last words for his father over the phone… who finally passes away.
An event that changes everything in the series (although, well, it’s called ‘Succession’ for a reason) and whose consequences we will see from next week, as the latest trailer highlights. We are still in shock… but we already know how that moment was forged.
A bomb dropped by zoom
“I thought they were going to talk about Covid protocols”declares Sarah Snook in an interview with Rolling Stone. The actress, who plays Shiv, affirms that it was not expected that in the Zoom meeting with the rest of the cast, Jesse Armstrong would drop such a “reveal grenade”:
“I thought ‘Wow, that’s a great twist. That’s amazing of Jesse’ In a way, it was long overdue. The premise of the first episode was that he was about to collapse. And there were moments in Season 3 along those lines. , in the episode with Adrian Brody and Jeremy [Strong] on the island. There has always been a sickly air about him despite his robust vigor. So the first question I had was ‘who takes charge?'”
The actress also reveals that the process of knowing the revelation until it was finally recorded it was quite an odyssey.
“We didn’t know how it was going to happen, what the nature of his death would be, and how. And the genius of Jesse is that, even in death, Logan is inaccessible. He’s unreachable, untouchable, he’s at hand, still, for the brothers. There’s an unreal quality to it because we’re not there and we couldn’t really talk to him.”
Not only reading the scripts, but also doing that monumental scene in which the brothers find out and react to the news that reaches them from the plane. A sequence whose filming included a single half-hour take and other ten-minute versions:
“That you remember, we only did one 30-minute take. The thing was, we recorded every piece of it in the previous two days. So we recorded versions of that at a ten-minute mark and reset. I love how Mark does it, because I don’t It’s in the script but it really helps how an actor goes about the job: when Kendall goes to make a call on deck there’s a camera on it with Kieran and I just living through the timeline of what’s going on as he makes the call. In that space, we have to improvise. What’s great about it is that you don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s going to be used and what comes out in the end is a real understanding of what’s flowing for the next time you’re there. on stage performing on the script”.
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