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Summarize this content material to 540 phrases SPOILER ALERT: This story accommodates spoilers for the sequence finale of “Succession.”It was by no means going to be a contented ending. However for some time on Sunday evening, “Succession” dangled the opportunity of one thing approximating one: the Roy kids united towards Lukas Mattson’s takeover of their late father’s media empire, son Kendall anointed CEO by mutual settlement, lastly fulfilling the promise of being Logan Roy’s “primary boy.”It was snatched away, although; in fact it was.“Succession” returned to its candy spot of familial betrayal — this tragic present a few wounded, bitter man and his broken kids — in a 90-minute sequence finale that stored us guessing and engaged till the top.When it got here time for the board to vote on the deal to promote the Waystar Royco conglomerate to Swede Mattson’s GoJo tech firm, it was six for and 6 towards, with Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) the tiebreaker. And she or he broke her phrase to her brothers Kendall (Jeremy Sturdy) and Roman (Kieran Culkin), and voted sure.There was not a Roy on the head of Waystar Royco, the corporate that the fearsome Logan Roy (Brian Cox) had created. Shiv’s husband, Tom Wambsgans, the “hick,” as she’d known as him in a vicious argument simply days earlier than, was the brand new CEO.It was a remaining devastating twist in a present that was stuffed with them from begin to end. The episode started, because it ended, with the siblings divided. Shiv had sided with Mattson towards her brothers on the belief he would make her CEO of the brand new GoJo-led Waystar. She and Kendall have been busy attempting to lock down board votes, equally assured that they had sufficient to hold the day.Roman? He was lacking in motion. We final noticed him after his father’s funeral, mendacity on the street, having been assaulted whereas baiting a crowd of left-wing protesters, however he turned up alive and comparatively nicely, albeit with a brow stuffed with stitches, at his mom’s dwelling within the Caribbean. Naturally, each Ken and Shiv flew there to attempt to lock down his vote, though Roman appeared to have misplaced the abdomen for the battle.It was a betrayal by Mattson that introduced the siblings again collectively.He not wished the pregnant Shiv as CEO, partly as a result of he felt a Roy wasn’t essential to easy his method politically; partly as a result of he wished to have intercourse with Shiv and “I can’t cope with the mess of that.”That call, conveyed to Kendall by cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) — who, in a pleasant comedian contact, awkwardly used a Swedish translation app to listen in on a dialog — persuaded the children to band collectively to cease the sale. And it took some convincing however, throughout a late evening swim, Roman and Shiv lastly agreed to anoint Ken as CEO.They appeared pleased with the choice, giddy even. So what modified?Shiv realized that Mattson had supplied the CEO job to Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) as a result of, as Mattson crassly put it, “if I can have anybody on the earth why don’t I get the man who put the newborn inside her as an alternative of the newborn girl?” When Shiv bolted out of the boardroom in the course of the vote, Kendall and Roman on her heels, she instructed them she may need modified her thoughts.No quantity of grovelling by Ken might sway her. “I’m like a cog constructed to suit just one machine. It’s the one factor I understand how to do,” he pleaded. Actually, we realized his father had promised a seven-year-old Kendall the job throughout a visit to a sweet retailer.“I don’t suppose you’d be good at it,” Shiv replied. And anyone watching the final 4 seasons knew she was proper.And that wasn’t the worst of it. Shiv threw Kendall’s Season 3 confession — concerning the waiter he killed in Season 1 when he drove a automotive into an English lake — in his face. Ken and Roman acquired right into a bodily battle — in full view of board members — after Roman solid doubt on the parentage of Ken’s kids and whether or not they have been a part of the household’s “actual” bloodline. (It wasn’t the one violence. Tom hit Greg after studying that he had tipped off the children to Shiv’s demotion and Greg hit him again, though he was again to being Tom’s lackey by the top of the episode.)By the point Kendall had gathered his wits and tried to adjourn the board assembly, Shiv had already voted and the corporate was bought. There’s a symmetry to the truth that Tom got here out on prime ultimately. It was his betrayal that stored his spouse and her brothers from scuttling the GoJo deal within the Season 3 finale, successfully slicing them out of the empire and making Tom Logan’s inheritor obvious.Even in loss of life, Logan’s energy was unassailable. The deal he had been on his approach to clinch when he died on his non-public aircraft went forward; the person who had helped him hold it alive acquired the crown.“Logan mark II, solely this time he’s f-king horny,” was how Mattson put it.The youngsters will get even richer from the sale, but extra money cushioning the blow to their egos. Shiv repositioned herself as Tom’s spouse, though it’s unlikely to be a contented reunion given the icy method they held fingers on the automotive experience dwelling. Ken took a stroll, trailed by Colin — he couldn’t hold his father’s job, however he acquired to maintain his bodyguard — and stared morosely out on the Hudson River. Roman went for a drink, smiling to himself over his martini.Roman, by no means the neatest sibling, acquired it proper ultimately. In a transparent echo of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” speech about life being a story “instructed by an fool, stuffed with sound and fury. Signifying nothing,” Roman instructed Kendall: “We’re bulls-t. It’s all f-king nothing. I’m telling you this as a result of I do know it.”It doesn’t matter how wealthy or highly effective you might be — you’re going to die sometime maybe, like Logan, ingloriously in a toilet, and all of the earthly accolades will probably be pointless. For all of the praises heaped on “Succession,” the 13 Emmy Awards with extra certain to comply with, the present’s biggest achievement over its 39 episodes was to get us to care about nothing.Debra Yeo is a deputy editor and a contributor to the Star’s Tradition part. She is predicated in Toronto. 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