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‘Succession’ Season 3 Is Cursed by Its Success

Our culture team discusses, reviews, and covers the third season of HBO’s award-winning series.

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‘Succession’ Season 3 Is Cursed by Its Success
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    ‘It’s a Safe Space for Mean Humor’

    ‘It’s a Safe Space for Mean Humor’

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    The Atlantic - Kevin Townsend

    The following contains spoilers for Succession, up to and including Season 3 Episode 1. A full two years have passed since HBO’s billionaire-family soap opera last aired, but only moments have elapsed on the show. Kendall Roy (played by Jeremy Strong) just used a press conference to betray his …

    Has Succession Done the Unthinkable?

    Has Succession Done the Unthinkable?

    This article contains spoilers through the eighth episode of Succession Season 3. What’s clear by now is that the Roys need to stay away from water. Every late-in-the-season tragedy and act of bloodshed, whether real or intangible, has been tied to the element that classically represents femininity, …

    The Best Show on TV Is Stuck

    The Best Show on TV Is Stuck

    Watching Succession’s second season, which to my mind is one of the most dexterous and enthralling seasons of television in recent history, was like an immersion in all the different ways tension can manifest on-screen: a loaded conversation between two people, a fraught family event, a hunting …

    Lessons From Succession for Non-billionaire Families

    Lessons From Succession for Non-billionaire Families

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    The Atlantic - Chris Ip

    In Succession, HBO’s dark comedy about the heirs to a family media empire, characters exchange artisanal insults and wear bespoke suits like armor. The ultra-wealthy Roys are constantly at war with their corporate competitors, and with one another. They squabble over money, clout, and who gets to …

    When Hell Is a Wealthy Man’s Birthday Party

    When Hell Is a Wealthy Man’s Birthday Party

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    The Atlantic - Shirley Li

    This article contains spoilers through the seventh episode of Succession Season 3. Given how this season of Succession has gone so far, the Roy siblings should have reason to celebrate. They held on to control of the family’s company, Waystar Royco, after a Hail Mary negotiation. They helped choose …

    The Tragedy of Tom and Shiv

    The Tragedy of Tom and Shiv

    This article contains spoilers through the sixth episode of Succession Season 3. The marriage between Shiv Roy and Tom Wambsgans is, at this point, built on mutual ambition and cold white wine, and the wine at least has turned poisonously sour. On tonight’s episode of Succession, “What It Takes,” as …

    The Gerontocracy Is the Villain of Succession

    The Gerontocracy Is the Villain of Succession

    This story contains spoilers through the fifth episode of Succession Season 3. Logan was ill. He was the victim of an ailment so common that most people would consider it trivial. But when it gets to Logan, it can plunge him into a state of anguish, deep depression, panic, even rage. Logan Roy had a …

    The Soul in Cousin Greg’s Linguistic Blunders

    The Soul in Cousin Greg’s Linguistic Blunders

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    The Atlantic - Megan Garber

    This story contains spoilers through the fourth episode of Succession Season 3. It’s morning in New York, and Greg Hirsch has been summoned to the home of his great-uncle, Logan Roy. Greg, despite the hour, is having a drink. (Logan had insisted; flustered, Greg had asked for a rum and Coke.) He …

    How Succession Is Remaking Kendall Roy

    How Succession Is Remaking Kendall Roy

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    The Atlantic - Shirley Li

    This story contains spoilers for the third episode of Succession Season 3. There’s something haunting about the way Jeremy Strong has carried himself when playing Kendall Roy, the apparent protagonist of HBO’s Succession. For the first two seasons, the character didn’t really walk; he trudged, as if …

    The True Cost of Wealth on HBO’s Succession

    The True Cost of Wealth on HBO’s Succession

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    The Atlantic - Shirley Li

    As Season 3 of Succession begins, the mighty Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox) is in the crosshairs. His son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) has exposed the family patriarch’s involvement in covering up a litany of scandals at their company, Waystar Royco, calling him “a malignant presence, a bully, and a …

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