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Succession Season 3: Questions We Still Have After The Finale

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Succession once again managed to give viewers a season finale even more intense than the previous ones, but it left some questions for season 4 to answer. In season 3, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) goes against Logan (Brian Cox) with all his artillery, but it soon becomes clear that he can’t take down his father. The other Roy children fight to stay in their father’s good graces and be top dog in the firm (especially Kieran Culkin’s Roman), but in Succession’s season 3 finale, Logan proves he was never going to leave Waystar to any of his children, so all their efforts were in vain.

With Kendall out of the way, Logan becomes interested in acquiring GoJo, a huge tech company run by Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). Matsson offers to buy Waystar instead, and Shiv (Sarah Snook) realizes that she and her siblings are about to be screwed out of their stake in Waystar, and rallies her brothers (bar Connor) to stop Logan’s plan by not granting him supermajority. However, Logan is once again one step ahead and arranges with his ex-wife Caroline (Harriet Walter) to restructure their divorce settlement, giving him a supermajority, destroying Shiv’s plan, and proving that in Succession everyone is a loser, except for him. In a painful last scene, Shiv realizes it was her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) who tipped Logan off about her plot after she confided her plans in him.

Once again, Succession’s season finale sees the characters in a luxurious location (this time, Tuscany) while their world turns to dust. They are deeply unhappy (or confused, in Greg’s case), as the power struggles within the family only get more complicated. The season 3 ending shocked the Roy children, as well as the viewers, so here are all the major unanswered questions after the finale.

Will Shiv, Roman, and Kendall stay a team?

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If they are to take their father down, Shiv, Roman, and Kendall need to stick together, and this has never been easy throughout Succession, as the Roy children usually fight for power instead of cooperating. In the season finale, Roman admitted (while saying he also wants to puke) that the three siblings make a good team. However, Roman’s mommy figure, Gerri, in Succession abandoned him, and his father mocked him for wanting love from him. Roman has had a psychological attachment to Logan that didn’t allow him to betray him, unlike Kendall or Shiv. Will he be able to stay on his siblings’ side if Logan tries to get him back?

Kendall is, of course, another pressing point. Until recently, he was the pariah of the family, first for drug abuse, then for televising his dramatic revenge on Logan. His plan crumbled, and so did his world, as he sank into desperation and mulling over the waiter’s death in the season 1 finale. Kendall almost lost his life in the Succession season’s penultimate episode, then he made a cathartic confession to Roman and Shiv. This seemed to bring them together and fuel Shiv’s plot to stop Logan from leaving them out of Waystar. Will Kendall stay a part of this team, or will he fall into a bottomless pit again?

Will Tom Come Out On Top?

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If they are to take their father down, Shiv, Roman, and Kendall need to stick together, and this has never been easy throughout Succession, as the Roy children usually fight for power instead of cooperating. In the season finale, Roman admitted (while saying he also wants to puke) that the three siblings make a good team. However, Roman’s mommy figure, Gerri, in Succession abandoned him, and his father mocked him for wanting love from him. Roman has had a psychological attachment to Logan that didn’t allow him to betray him, unlike Kendall or Shiv. Will he be able to stay on his siblings’ side if Logan tries to get him back?

Earlier in season 3, Tom’s work colleagues were calling him “Terminal Tom” (because he’s contracted a “cancer of the career”), but now it seems like Tom has finally joined the winning side, demonstrating the killer instinct Logan was adamant his children didn’t have. There have been some hints at this throughout the finale: the “Get Out of Jail Free” cards he gets during the Monopoly game, and Tom asking Greg (Nicholas Braun) if he is ready to “do a deal with the devil.” That leaves us wanting to know what exactly is the deal he made with Logan, and if this will secure his position in season 4, as Shiv will be coming for him.

Kendall is, of course, another pressing point. Until recently, he was the pariah of the family, first for drug abuse, then for televising his dramatic revenge on Logan. His plan crumbled, and so did his world, as he sank into desperation and mulling over the waiter’s death in the season 1 finale. Kendall almost lost his life in the Succession season’s penultimate episode, then he made a cathartic confession to Roman and Shiv. This seemed to bring them together and fuel Shiv’s plot to stop Logan from leaving them out of Waystar. Will Kendall stay a part of this team, or will he fall into a bottomless pit again?

Is Logan Really Having A Baby?

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According to eldest Roy failchild Connor (Alan Ruck), Logan is trying to have a baby with Kerry (Zoe Winters), judging by all the maca root he has been consuming. Will Logan actually have a baby in Succession season 4? Logan is at the very least unimpressed with his current range of heirs, but why would he want to leave Waystar to anyone but himself? Logan having a child at his age (as Roman says, “It’ll be born old, attached to a walker”) would definitely echo Rupert Murdoch, who had a daughter at the age of 72. Not just that, but a pregnant Kerry would mean she would become a worthy adversary for the Roy children in season 4.

What Will Happen To Greg’s Love Triangle?

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Greg has a now-famous tendency to fall upwards, consistently stumbling to the top of the game, so meeting a princess clearly spiked his interest and made him partially forget about Comfry (Dasha Nekrasova). When he tells Tom that his new love interest is eighth in line to the Luxembourg throne, Tom tells Greg he is “a plane crash away from becoming Europe’s weirdest king.” This wouldn’t be a surprise for Succession’s Cousin Greg, but the season finale saw him literally between the two women, telling each of them what they wanted to hear (that he loves weddings, respectively that he hates them). Will season 4 force Greg to make a choice, and will he be following money and status as always?

How Will The Roy Family Power Struggle Continue Outside Waystar?

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Throughout Succession’s three seasons, the Roy family power struggles normally revolved around who gets to be the CEO of Waystar, with side characters like Tom fighting for a better position. This modern-day Game of Thrones will come to an end if Logan is to actually sell Waystar to Matsson. This leaves the question: what will the Roys fight over now? First, the Roy children will have to battle their brutal father, who by now has made it clear that he only thinks in terms of winners and losers (not father and children). It won’t be an easy fight, and if Succession continues its formula, it’s about to get very complicated.

Will Connor Become Relevant?

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Connor has been famously irrelevant in Succession, with Logan or Roman even telling him sarcastically that he’s “very important” to let the viewers know Logan’s eldest child from another marriage is just someone in the room for the family. In the season 3 finale, Kendall complains (in front of all his siblings) that being the eldest son is hard, which provokes a big reaction from Connor, who lets his siblings know just how left out he feels constantly. Over the course of Succession season 3, Connor stood up for himself more, even in front of his father, letting him know he would make a good president.

In the season finale, Connor not only let his feelings out in front of Roman, Shiv, and Kendall but also proposed to Willa, who eventually accepted, wondering how bad could it be to marry him. While neither moments were glorious, they gave Connor a little more power, which surely must be explored in season 4. It will be interesting to see if Connor joins his younger siblings in taking down Logan, who hasn’t been the ideal father to Connor either.

Will Shiv And Tom’s Marriage Finally Crumble (And How)?

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Considering how Succession season 3 ended, it is safe to say Shiv and Tom will have a lot to discuss in the next season. Most viewers could see their marriage crumbling from its very beginning, with Shiv finding brand new ways to insult or ignore Tom each season. The last season saw Shiv dismiss Tom’s anxieties about going to prison, refuse to have babies with him (or sort of agree to freeze some eggs), and tell him she doesn’t love him – first as part of a bedroom game, then again while trying to make up for it. Tom is no saint either, as his whole marriage to Shiv is arguably a ticket to money and status, which is what makes Tom such a good “Batman” to Greg’s “Robin.”

While Tom and Shiv’s marriage was already doomed for disaster from Succession’s season 2 finale, the season 3 ending brought a whole new power dynamic between the two. Tom has the upper hand, after betraying Shiv during one of her most vulnerable moments (attacking Logan). Shiv won’t let this pass, and the question is how will she exert her revenge on Tom? Their relationship in Succession season 4 can be a game of chess or a full-blown war. Either way, it will surely be a complex story arc and a fun show to watch.

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