Succession finale - thoughts? (spoilers)
Watched it live a couple of days ago and still processing it all, what did you guys think? Personally thought it was a fantastic ending (like the whole of the show) - as a Kendall fan (for all his flaws) I was initially gutted he lost at the final hurdle, but then actually thinking about it now the ending was perfect. Would have been too easy if he’d won (and any of the others winning would have been unrealistic).
Plus as much as I like Kendall (Jeremy Strong is amazing imo) he really did snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by instantly switching into a complete asshole after being anointed, in typical Kendall fashion. Whilst he’s clearly a smart guy and could probably have run the company well (given his years of operational experience we’re told about) he just has too many character flaws that inevitably trip him up.
Also what do you guys reckon happens to him now? Reading an interview by Jeremy Strong and Jesse Armstrong, they both think that whilst Kendall is technically “free” he’s also completely adrift, and knows nothing he does will ever compare to Logan. So could well slip down the hole of addiction and despair again.
Curious to know your guys’ thoughts as I’ve read a few stupid takes on Reddit (cesspool I know lol) where people say “they all have billions, what are they upset about??” Failing to realize that’s the equivalent of saying to someone on WSO“you have running water and electricity, you’re so lucky compared to many people in the world, why so upset?” Ie someone like Kendall has always known what it’s like to have effectively unlimited spending power, so the only thing that matters to him is matching up to his father’s legacy - not material things, not even his own family.
Plus in season 3 we saw what his life was like at his 40th birthday party - despite being wealthy beyond most people’s imaginations, his life was a pathetic joke. Surrounded by tons of hanger-ons and yes-men but nobody took him seriously. That’s what he probably has to look forward to for the rest of his life now.
Anyway, another case of HBO knocking it out the park. Just a shame it’s all over.
Edit: shout out to the Tellis character (investment banker who played a minor role) - “… umm well the company’s worth what someone is willing to pay for it” - his Harvardworth it as Roman said.