Succession episode 10, otherwise know is the final episode of the season, is set to air on HBO this weekend. Yet, we’re almost as interested in looking ahead to season 2 as we are preparing for that.
As for why we are focused on so much of the future, a lot of it has to do with the reaction to the show in the present. Succession has a chance to be that rare show that generates a reasonable amount of attention for itself in its first season, but viewers don’t really start to fully get it until the time that the finale airs.
Going into the series, we do think there was somewhat of a mixed sentiment. Not every viewer was on board with the first couple of episodes, and with the rather blasé title and a premise of a feuding family media empire, it wasn’t the meatiest subject matter for everyone out there. Yet, it’s really given its characters time to blossom out where you love them even if you hate them, and there really are plenty of people here to hate.
If we were to create a somewhat-unfair comparison between Succession and another show of the past several years, it has the potential to be the The Americans, a show that grows with critical acclaim and awards-show attention with each passing year. It also has the potential to grow the ratings a la Breaking Bad. A more grounded comparison here is Billions, largely because it may be a little bit more attainable just in terms of the TV landscape these days. Billions is a very good show, so ending up in the same sort of place as it is hardly something to be upset about.
On the finale tomorrow night, be prepared in the aftermath of a wedding for fights between characters to come to a head; also, we wouldn’t be shocked if at least one major character is gone from the show moving into next season. You can read more about it over here.
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