'Succession' Season 4: How does episode 9 arrange the present's grand finale?

The Roys certain know the way to smash a funeral. 

Succession‘s penultimate episode, “Church and State,” sees the Roys lastly gathering for Logan’s (Brian Cox) funeral. Naturally, it is an hour’s price of the most jarringly emotional stuff on TV. Whereas the siblings are in mourning, they’re additionally in enterprise mode (as all the time), they usually throw all decorum away after they willingly deal with Logan’s funeral as one other playground for their very own affairs. Even the funeral’s eulogies change into a way for the Roys to reaffirm their declare to the Waystar throne as they compete for probably the most tear-jerking but highly effective speech. 

Issues get even worse on the funeral’s reception, when the Roys actually crowd over their most essential attendee, Jeryd Mencken (Justin Kirk), to win him over to both facet (aka workforce Roy-bros vs. workforce Sweden). The result’s a funeral stuffed with jabbing one-liners and sibling betrayal, offering a tense set-up for Succession‘s ultimate episode ever. Based mostly on all the pieces that went down this episode, here is what we are able to count on from Succession‘s finale. 

Roman is again on the sidelines. 

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As Kendall (Jeremy Robust) succinctly places it: “You fucked it.” Whereas Roman (Kieran Culkin) was on a excessive in final week’s election episode, seeing his personal aspirations via by pushing for ATN to vouch for Mencken’s win, this week, Roman lastly broke down. When stepping as much as give his dad’s eulogy on behalf of the siblings, Roman fell aside, publicly crying on nationwide tv and forcing Kendall to talk in his place. 

On the one hand, it is utterly regular to cry at your dad’s funeral. However, within the patriarchal world of enterprise tycoons and fascist presidential nominees, crying is an indication of weak spot. Roman breaking down was taken as his incapacity to step as much as the duties required of him. It is utterly unfair to count on a son to not cry at his father’s funeral, not to mention any man in any scenario, however that is Succession‘s world, and it is notoriously ruthless and gendered. 

Roman’s outburst rapidly turns into a meme, with Frank (Peter Friedman), Karl (David Rasche), and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) rewatching clips of it on-line and making enjoyable of him. The injury trickled its method onto Roman’s relationship with Mencken, who clearly turns into extra pro-Kendall, and even Shiv (Sarah Snook). This may imply we will see Kendall stepping up for him — to a degree of utterly eclipsing him — within the finale. This is why. 

Kendall is all in. 

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Kendall received in a variety of methods this episode. His impromptu eulogy received the esteemed prize for “Greatest Roy” on the funeral. He is additionally gone into full “change into Logan” mode by hiring Logan’s former bodyguard and shut buddy, Colin (Scott Nicholson), and recruiting Hugo (Fisher Stevens) to do his bidding and keep watch over Shiv. Mencken even congratulated Kendall on his eulogy, calling it “good,” and formally passing his seal of approval onto him. However naturally, Kendall has plans of his personal

It is not far-fetched to imagine that Kendall needs to be the only real CEO of Waystar and is just stringing Roman alongside briefly to oust Shiv and let the GoJo deal tank. Heck, that is precisely his plan by the appears of this episode. Whereas Kendall was there for Roman as a brother throughout his outburst, he wasn’t essentially there for him as a enterprise associate. When Kendall confronts Roman on the funeral’s reception and hits him with “You fucked it” (plus that ruthless roast of Roman considering he is Logan however really is not), it is visibly clear that he is able to take cost as Roy-bro #1 to reinstate their declare to the throne — whether or not or not Roman is as much as the duty. 

We’d see Kendall pulling all of the strings within the finale, with or with out Roman’s consent, and it is attainable that their allegiance may hit a roadblock. Roman has his personal CEO aspirations, so if he bounces again, it is also attainable he may stand up to his personal plans. In both state of affairs, it feels just like the Roy-bro scenario is nearing its finish. Though the siblings may nonetheless shock us with a Roy-bro reunion, it is feeling like it should be Kendall’s world vs. Roman’s once more. 

Shiv is again within the ring. 

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After the explosive revelations in final week’s election episode, it appeared that Shiv was out of the CEO ring, however she’s managed to bounce again. Recognizing that Mencken may really win, Shiv whips up a brand new plan that caters to him. As an alternative of getting Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) as CEO, a foreigner who contradicts Mencken’s perception in mainly making America nice once more, Shiv suggests letting the GoJo deal undergo with an American CEO in cost — herself. Whereas it is initially unclear if Mencken likes the thought, the episode ends with Matsson calling Shiv and confirming it is a go.

There’s the primary off-chance that Mencken’s enjoying them each, however there’s the extra certain probability that Shiv’s being pregnant may change Mencken’s choice. I doubt somebody as conservative as Mencken would consider that new mothers might be CEOs, and with Kendall and Roman now conscious of Shiv’s being pregnant, they will most likely reaffirm his beliefs any probability they get. There’s additionally the possibility that Kendall and Roman may whip up a brand new plan to counter Shiv’s plan. And Mencken may not even win the election. Regardless of Shiv feeling safe on this short-term settlement, there are many hurdles that may occur within the finale to overturn it. 

Plainly Succession‘s ultimate episode is gearing towards a Roy vs. Roy vs. Roy battle. Whereas the siblings began off the season collectively, in a mere two weeks (Season 4 is going on on consecutive days) they’re again to the place they have been final season. We are able to assume that the finale will see both a lone Roy (most likely Kendall) on a sure-fire path to the Waystar throne, or none of them in any respect, if there is a coincidence and Matsson finally ends up taking on all the pieces. Regardless of the CEO end result is, one factor’s for sure: The siblings have formally completed irreparable injury to at least one one other, and it does not appear to be that’ll be mending anytime quickly. 

The ultimate season of Succession is now streaming on HBO Max(opens in a brand new tab), with new episodes airing weekly on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.