“Succession” Season 3 Review: The Roys Overdo Themselves

Brian Cox and Sarah Snook in “Succession.” Photo Courtesy: Macall B. Polay/HBO

Rating: 9/10

Being a Roy is a very lonely endeavor. You can’t trust anyone. Not your siblings, not your partner, not your dad. Not even your mom — she may decide to marry again and forget to invite you.

Season three of the Emmy award-winning family drama Succession debuts on HBO on Sunday, October 17. The new nine-episode season kicks off right where things ended in season two. Wannabe heir to the throne of Waystar Royco, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), disobeys his father Logan (Brian Cox). Instead of taking the blame for the coverup of crimes and sexual assault at the company’s cruises division, Kendall points the finger at his dad. When season three starts we find him in New York right after the traitorous press conference, having a panic attack. His entourage comprises cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), who’s awful at measuring the media temperature, and Karolina (Dagmara Domińczyk), head of PR at Waystar Royco. She’ll soon vacate the Kendall wagon.

Meanwhile, Logan Roy is still in Croatia after the Mediterranean yacht trip the whole family took with business associates. His entourage is bigger. It also feels more competent most of the time. Counselors Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), Karl (Peter Friedman), Frank (David Rasche) and Hugo (Fisher Stevens) are joined by Logan’s younger son Roman (Kieran Culkin), his older son Connor (Alan Ruck), his daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Shiv’s trophy husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen).

“Swallow. We’re on saliva and adrenaline until we’re on the planes!” Logan declares when someone asks whether they should order some food after the whole clan has watched with horror Kendall’s televised affaire. Per Logan’s directive, they don’t rest, sleep, eat or even shower or change until they’re out of Croatia, en-route to a secure location for Logan and ensuring his future as head of the company. “We’ll go f*cking beast!” he yells. In the meantime, and operating from his ex-wife’s living room, Kendall is playing grown-up obtaining legal and PR representation.

The new episodes of Succession deal not only with the consequences of Kendall’s actions and his exposure of the company’s wrongdoings to the world and the judicial system, but they also continue to elaborate on the idea of the search for Logan’s successor as head of Waystar Royco. Especially considering he has no intention of surrendering his power.