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SUCCESSION CREATOR JESSE ARMSTRONG SHARES THE POST-FINALE FATE OF THE TRAGIC CHARACTERS


In a fascinating revelation that will be discussed for years by fans of HBO’s Succession, series creator Jesse Armstrong talked about the ultimate fate of the characters post-series finale!

“The idea of Tom being the eventual successor, that had been something that I thought was the right ending for quite a while now,” Armstrong said on the “Controlling the Narrative” featurette on the HBO Max streaming service. “Even though he’s not exactly the most powerful monarch you’ll ever meet — his power comes from Matsson. Those figures that drift upwards and make themselves amenable to powerful people are around.”

“I thought about all their stories,” Armstrong said. “You know, they don’t end. They will carry on. But it’s sort of where this show loses interest in them because they’ve lost what they wanted, which was to succeed — which, you know, was this prize that their father held out.”

Armstrong continued, “In a reductive, brutal way, Roman ends up exactly where he started. He is that guy still. And he maybe easily could have been a playboy jerk with some slightly nasty instincts, and some quite funny jokes. He could’ve stayed in a bar, being that guy. And this has been a bit of a detour in his life, I would say.”

He also offered, “Shiv is still in play, I’d say, in a rather terrifying, frozen emotionally barren place. But she has got this kind of non-victory, non-defeat. I mean, there’s gonna be some movement there. There’s still a lot of that game to play out, but that’s where we leave it. And it feels like it’s going to be hard to progress for them, emotionally, given the things they’ve said about each other.”

Armstrong concluded, “For Kendall, this will never stop being the central event of his life, the central days of his life, central couple of years of his life. Maybe he could go on and start a company, or do a thing. But the chances of him achieving the sort of corporate status that his dad achieved are very low. And I think that will mark his whole life.”


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