Succession Series Finale: Who Won the Waystar Throne?

Succession, the Emmy-winning drama about the Roy family and their media empire, came to an end on May 28 with a 90-minute episode titled “With Eyes Open”. The series finale, written by creator Jesse Armstrong and directed by Mark Mylod, delivered a shocking twist that left fans stunned and satisfied.

The episode centered on the board vote to approve or reject the sale of Waystar Royco to GoJo, the tech giant led by Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). Shiv (Sarah Snook) initially thought she had secured her position as Matsson’s American CEO, but he soon changed his mind and revealed his attraction to her. He also told Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s husband, that he wanted him to be the new CEO instead.

Meanwhile, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) joined forces to stop the GoJo deal and rally behind Kendall as their new leader. They had a rare moment of sibling bonding before the vote, but their plan was foiled by an unexpected betrayal.

Tom, who had been loyal to Shiv throughout the series, decided to side with Matsson and vote for the sale. He also convinced Greg (Nicholas Braun), Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), Karl (David Rasche), and Frank (Peter Friedman) to do the same. Tom’s move blindsided Shiv and Kendall, who was left speechless and defeated.

The final scene showed Tom sitting at Logan’s desk in his office, with Matsson on speakerphone congratulating him on his new role. Tom thanked him and said: “Shiv, you should probably know: it’s me.” Shiv looked at him in disbelief and horror, while Kendall collapsed on the floor in tears.

The series finale of Succession was a masterful conclusion to a brilliant show that explored the themes of power, family, loyalty, and betrayal. It also left some questions unanswered, such as what will happen to Connor (Alan Ruck), who ran for president; what will be the consequences of Logan’s death; and what will be the fate of the Roy siblings after losing their father’s legacy.

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