Each “Succession” character needs to take care of an phantasm of full management, so when skeletons begin leaning up in opposition to their closet doorways, their technique is commonly to disregard them. This week’s episode, which takes place the day earlier than election night time, exhibits the Roys being as dismissive as ever, however it additionally hints closely at a looming plot level that mirrors the real-life 2020 U.S. election. Because the collection finale looms, it is unattainable to not surprise: is that this present going to finish with a climax that mirrors America’s January sixth rebel?
Whereas “Succession” has by now gone considerably off-book from its authentic pitch as a present in regards to the Murdoch media household, the collection does have a tendency to include reality-inspired components. For instance, this season’s antagonist (and arguably its most necessary character), Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård), shares some qualities with high-profile businessmen together with Elon Musk, and particulars of the rocky deal between Gojo and Waystar recall to mind his headline-grabbing previous conduct. It is not a stretch, then, to imagine that “Succession” may co-opt among the real-life particulars of the 2020 election, which might land the Roy household — who management FOX Information-like community ATN — in sizzling water.
Whether or not “Succession” ends with the metaphorical guillotine or the Roy household weathering one more scandal with their wallets intact, we will not say there weren’t indicators that that is the place the present was headed. Final season, Logan (Brian Cox) helped choose the Republican candidate for president behind closed doorways and opted for alt-right Jeryd Mencken (Justin Kirk). Earlier than that, Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) was requested to vet an ATN anchor who clearly harbored Nazi sympathies. The Roy household has clearly at all times been in mattress with fascists, however till now, they have been primarily waging a media battle. Now, it seems to be like that battle is heading to the streets.