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Succession Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Kill Record”

Succession Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Kill Record”

Succession Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: "Kill List"

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Succession, Season 4 Episode 5, “Kill List.”]

What may very well be lovelier than a visit to Norway, to debate a daring new period of enterprise whereas looking on stunning forests and expansive mountain ridges? Lots of issues, should you ask the Roy siblings on the finish of Succession this week. The post-Logan summit will get ugly for almost everybody concerned, as Alexander Skarsgård‘s Mattson continues to skillfully play the Waystar Royco staff — at this level, seemingly for his personal amusement.

The episode opens in New York, with Kendall arriving for his first day as co-CEO to the tune of Jay-Z’s “Takeover” (on the subject of needle drops, this present doesn’t miss). However after coming into the workplace to some applause, Ken and Roman’s time as probably the most highly effective males within the constructing will get minimize quick by a summons from Mattson.

Gathering Waystar and GoJo’s prime execs collectively at a mountain resort is sweet information for the pending sale of Waystar, but it surely does additionally imply that the subsequent few days will result in some epic jockeying for standing and approval, as a result of the one assure that comes with acquisitions like that is that not everybody will nonetheless have a job, post-sale.

So whereas “the previous guard” of execs fret over who from Waystar could be expendable, given the present govt lineup at GoJo, Roman and Kendall are getting ready to face down Mattson: They’re primarily involved that he may ask questions in regards to the film studio, which is being kindly known as a “money incinerator” because of an enormous studio tentpole that presently wants reshoots. (“Sleepy robotic in a cave — how is {that a} quarter invoice?” is a particularly reasonable query, one so many individuals outdoors the movie enterprise may additionally ask.)

Nevertheless, Mattson isn’t occupied with motion pictures — as an alternative, he needs ATN, the information community that Logan wished so badly to keep up management over, carving it out of the unique acquisition deal. Succession has by no means been shy about drawing parallels between ATN and Fox Information, however the brutality of Mattson’s feedback in regards to the information community function a type of obituary for the embattled real-life community: “It’s not difficult — it’s quite a lot of yelling… Small males, large veins, fats wallets… Long run, I don’t assume information for indignant previous individuals works. Good components, unhealthy model.”

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