“Succession” would possibly appear to be a present about enterprise, however by this level, it is clear that it is truly a present about household. Extra particularly, the collection explores familial abuse and the methods through which members of the family shatter in each course when confronted with traumas like those the youngsters endured rising up with Logan. Each main transfer is a thoughts recreation, and reveals of energy are the household’s love language. To this finish, Logan’s surprisingly less-than-caustic rallying cry serves yet another goal: it fulfills part of the cycle of abuse.
In relationships which can be constructed round violence, verbal and emotional abuse, and manipulation, because the Roy household’s is, there are sometimes 4 steps that type a recurring cycle. The psychologist and founding father of the Home Violence Institute, Lenore E. Walker, first documented the cycle of abuse, which features a rising rigidity, an incident of abuse, an try at reconciliation, and a interval of calm. The Roy household has been by this earlier than, however since Logan has 4 totally different youngsters to control, he usually tries to make up for his actions in direction of one baby by turning into friendlier and extra doting to a different.
Now that there aren’t any youngsters left on Logan’s aspect, all he can do is exhibit his capacity to like as publicly as he can, demonstrating calm and collectedness in a method that he is aware of will get again to the youngsters. If even one of many Roy siblings can hear about Logan’s choice to stay with ATN, and the arrogance he is inspiring as a frontrunner, it may crack their resolve as they try to interrupt free from him. The general public niceties additionally exhibit calm for the individuals in Logan’s internal circle, a bunch of people who find themselves nonetheless clearly rattled by the uncharted territory they’ve discovered themselves in.