It’s rare that cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) hasn’t left some work undone or been kicked off the table by Kendall, Shiv, Roman, Tom and (when he was alive) Logan. is. Inheritance. Nonetheless, he’s always tenacious, a frolicker who taps his fingers on electrical outlets only to feel closer to power. CEO material? It’s not as wild as it looks.
Perseverance is Greg’s only skill. Well, and being so tall and clumsy, it’s impossible not to find him in any of the dealers’ rooms all the time, mistaking his attendance for a sign that he deserves a higher status. Maybe that’s enough. Perhaps Greg is the puppet Waystar Loiko CEO Lucas Mattson wants and the only puppet show creator Jesse Armstrong needs to thread in Sunday’s series finale. Let me explain.
Inheritance Above all, it’s an incredibly interesting TV show that’s a perfect match for a thoroughly interesting time slot, especially when it comes to the cross section of the show and the topics of power, money, and media. Most of the central characters are villains or tyrants with training wheels. Hateful, or at least hatefully lovable. See what Roman and Kendall have been up to as co-CEOs without adult supervision over the past few episodes. Suppression of multi-billion dollar deals, power trip tantrums, stock manipulation and chokeslams to democracy. Has it been a week, a week and a half? Do we really want to see them get everything they want?
Sib Roy is the lesser of the three evils, but he tends to patronize bad horses whenever they gallop. No patience, no eyes, no loyalty. In other words, she is objectively a bad person. I want her to get the CEO job if that’s the only way to avoid seeing Kendall and Roman pick themselves up with a little self-praise and bullying. But it’s not the only way.
We can dismiss some other candidates with breakneck speed. Connor, dear (?), kind (?), Connor. Perhaps the saddest, most human moment of the season was how an extremely damaged Connor defies the possibility of rejection and believes in his abilities as a superpower. After all, none of the children could tell their father that they loved them. He was already gone, but Connor knows that if Logan were still alive and vigilant, he wouldn’t have actually heard him. Kon is so sad that he gets a nice ambassadorship as a parting gift.
Frank and Carl, a longtime tag team. Love them, but no chance. Like Geri, this choice may make sense on paper in the real world, but what is the message that the elders of the establishment bring stability? That headline is not sexy. Greg’s inauguration as CEO is chaotic and sexy, but that’s what’s more on-brand for this show. More importantly, Armstrong has his hand slightly tilted, so it might be inevitable (unless he’s fucking with us all).
Credit to the editor for suggesting these connections. I’m just a conduit, but I mean enough to quiet the part of my brain that’s screaming that Greg is worthless, incomprehensible, or both.
First, the aspect that will most certainly happen: Mattson messes up Shiv on President-elect Menkin’s orders to prevent regulators from ruining Kingsize’s deal to buy out Logan Roy’s vast empire. I’m going to She clearly frightened one, annoyed the other, coerced Mattson into releasing bullshit numbers, and refused to give the president-elect a proper kiss on the ring. Shiv develops her own bit of immature Roy bullying. But she is exaggerating her own hands and overestimating what she brings to her trade. it wouldn’t be her
Greg, on the other hand, is molecularly constructed to tell those in power what they want to hear without loosening their assessment of moral danger.Remember “Boo Souls” last season? Tom was acting. I think Greg may have actually sold his soul. When he shrugged his shoulders and helped make it possible to have a fascist in the White House, if not at that moment.
Was Greg’s face-to-face time with Menkin (who boasted about helping Menkin win World Cups) enough to make the new leader of the free world like him? Was his role coldly dismissing employees via mass zoom and routines of moldable, perishable clay enough to love Mattson? What if, while Greg is doing everything he can to compliment his new alpha’s daddy, Shiv leaks out that he’s pregnant?
There must be a reason why Armstrong took Greg the deputy coffin-bearer rank from Tom, right? Enough to make us fantasize that Greg’s actual uselessness and insignificance will disappear in the smoke, and that he’ll emerge as Tom’s boss instead of just a boss.
In addition to its tidbits of deliciousness, Greg’s Rise also allows for commentary on how useful fools with great ambitions tend to fail upwards and find success. (As you may remember, the first time we met Greg in his episode of the show’s pilot, he was The third A character was introduced. He works as a clumsy mascot who vomits in a costume at one of his Waster Loiko theme parks. ) This also allows Armstrong to do a little boo in the noses of children.
For me, the biggest question Armstrong has to answer in the finale is, does he walk away from this story in the most cynical way possible? That means he can get these rich and powerful monsters all they want. Or you could cut the sarcasm with the sarcasm, make Greg a silly king, and give Kendall, Roman, and Shiv a ton of money to drown out the chaos when they find out they’ve been duped. (By Greg, by Mattson, with regard to greed and family infighting, by their own failure to control impulses) And they never lived up to their father’s wishes or disproved his father’s final judgment of being unserious. never will.
We’ll see how this goes on Sunday night, but yes, Greg, that doe-eyed vampire will really pull this off.
The final episode of the “Succession” series airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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