Tom-Shiv Scene: It successively feeds on worldly wit and schadenfreude to eat the rich, but Sunday’s Season 4 premiere offered a darker, darker form. While Jeremy Strong’s vulnerable Kendall Roy tends to be at the center of the show’s saddest moments, this time it’s her sister Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) who is in the spotlight (Sarah Snook) and her husband half estranged Tom Vancegans (Matthew McFadden). After a day of bidding in the inter-family war to buy the Pierce Global Media free press empire — she representing his siblings, he representing their mogul father Logan (Brian Cox) — Shiv sneaks into their cold shoulder, and the modern house night, which excited Tom and ended their marriage.
The two are clearly exhausted, they don’t speak directly to Pierce, Schiff, Ken and Roman (Kieran Culkin) will now buy after an elaborate exorbitant offer from Logan’s nemesis, South Pierce (Cherry Jones, prettier than ever) Pierce. .. they also don’t really get into Tom’s betrayal of Schiff and his brother, warning Logan that they intend to sell Waystar Royco to Swedish tech tycoon Lukas Mattsen (Alexander Skas) in the final scenes. of season 3 Gard). Stop, although it couldn’t be clearer that Tom wants these conversations.
“There are things I don’t hesitate to say and explain,” he told her.
But Shiv pushed all his defense mechanisms to the limit. First, she mocks Tom by calling him a “disgusting brother” for hanging out with his cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) and sleeping with models. He didn’t retaliate with his own catchphrases, just reminded her, “We agree that we can look around when we have thoughts, right?” When he wanted to have a “big talk” about the future of their marriage, she let him shut up.
“I don’t think it’s good for me to hear that,” Shiv said, shamelessly protecting his own ego. Then she fell into her family’s favorite dialect of corporate speaking and swearing, “We all make mistakes, and I don’t think a lot of crying and bullshitting will help. So if you’re good, we can hold our heads up Go away and say “good luck”, huh?
Tom knew better than to make an emotional scene – or, for that matter, point out that his wife wasn’t holding her head back as if holding back tears. However, he neither scratched nor pleaded.
This quiet exchange in their dimly lit home is one of his most sympathetic scenes to date, as he doesn’t tell Shiv what he thinks she wants to hear, but responds to her despondent plea with a sincerity that you can’t hear. she doesn’t seem to have. atrocities. When she suggested it was time for them to “move on,” Tom simply replied, “That makes me sad.” Series creator Jesse Armstrong chose his words and carefully mapped out his character arc so that you take it as a throwback to Tom’s memorable line in the Season 2 finale: “I just wonder if the sadness makes me less sad without you than I am with you.” Of course, there’s a lot of history worth revisiting here. We can go back to the couple’s wedding night, when Shiv escaped privacy by going public with their marriage to Tom.
Her sabotage at the end of Season 3 stems directly from her noncommittal response to her question about having a baby, her apparent indifference to her future at Waystar, and her startling attempt to swear, “You’re not enough for me. Good”, she said. “That’s why you want me. That’s why you love me. Even though I don’t love you. But you still want me.
As she struggles with her siblings, Tom’s appeal to Schiff has been to not challenge her at all.
It’s not that their relationship is particularly bad in the grand scheme of Roy’s love life. It is in The only analyzed in three seasons. The first shows us that Ken – already divorced from two children he rarely sees – is surprised to learn that his ex-girlfriend Naomi Pierce (Anna Beldex Jones) is spending time with Tom (Yes, Pierce’s bidding war is centered on two couples in conflict.
) Meanwhile, the siblings’ half-brother Connor (Alan Rooker) is due to marry a woman he knew as an escort (Justin Lupe) in a few days when he learns that in his poor president she freaked out when 100 millions of dollars were invested in the campaign, and he was still rich until he assured her that he did. For the narcissistic Roman, sex is something he imposes on unsuitable women. Even Greg’s date turns into a deal; in Italy, he tried to swap Ken’s publicist, Comfry (Dasha Nekrasova), and now he stumbles into Logan’s spare room with a social media-focused woman who may also be involved. industrial spying.
Like all the other toxic tendencies plaguing this horrible family, Logan is patient zero. These days, he gets along so well with his ambitious personal assistant Kerry (Zoe Winters) – she now describes herself as his “friend, assistant and adviser” – that his children suspect he is trying to have another heir. .
What about his current wife Marcia (Hyam Abbas)? “She’s still shopping in Milan,” Kerry said. That must mean she takes advantage of the compensation she negotiated with Logan in Sarajevo when it looked like he was going to be taken down at the start of last season. Shiv, Kendall, and Roman’s mother, Caroline (Harriet Walter), have just sold her children’s absolute majority stake in Waystar Holdings to Logan in exchange for property that her sleazy new husband loves. Then there’s Connor’s mother, who institutionalizes Logan.
So there’s an undercurrent of loneliness that runs through even the most cheerfully wicked moments of “Succession,” a show about a family for whom a reasonably equal supportive relationship, romantic or otherwise, doesn’t count. “What is a man?” In Sunday’s episode, Logan leaves his birthday party frustrated to mingle with regulars at a restaurant, then asks his security guard and “best friend” Colin (Scott Nick Elson). He answered his own question: “They are economic units. I am 100 feet tall; these people are dwarfs.
But together they form a market” – like “the job market, the marriage market, the money market, the market of ideas” (emphasis mine). on, because she described her offer so eloquently that they had an open conversation, “a whole bunch of bullshit is useless” not wanting to budge on Tom, which she rejected as “look can I make love to you” pathetic proposal, but insist on wait till morning Their hands are clasped as they fall asleep – you decide if it’s a truce or a handshake to break their deal to break – but Their bodies are upright, their legs dangling from the bed, in a posture as unnatural as their horrible marriage.