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With its sharp writing and strong performances across the board, "Return" keenly shows how Logan Roy and Lady Caroline manipulated and warped their adult children for personal gain.
This week's episode of Succession is somewhat of a letdown in comparison to the previous three... This episode, titled "Return", is more of a showcase for the series's unique character dynamics than for its dramatic storytelling.
Even though the Pierce deal fell apart and the company is still facing an ostensibly serious takeover bid, the Roys still like to throw a party.
Doesn't this get tiresome for people other than me?
No one does unravelling better than Jeremy Strong, perfectly playing a character who can never quite say what he's feeling or entirely hide his fear and shame. It's an internal, roiling performance that absolutely has to hurt.
One great thing about Succession this season is how successfully it's lived in the shadow of everything that happened in the season one finale.
It's a testament not only to the incredible writing of Jonathan Glatzer and Jesse Armstrong but also the performances from each actor who dealt with tension so fierce it made viewers bristle.
As amazing as [Jeremy] Strong's performance is throughout these moments, however, "Return" is about far more than his increasingly fraught relationship with Logan. It's also about the need for Logan and company to meet with Caroline
Jeremy Strong has been unbelievable this season on Succession, but this episode in particular is exemplary. Standing out on this titan cast, and doing so while mostly catatonic and locked in the subtleties of brokenness.
Holly Hunter is exceptional...
Even though this week's episode is called "Returns", most of the time is spent exploring new ideas, situations, and even successors. And for all that drama, we have one person to thank: Rhea Jarrell.
Succession is very good at humanizing its characters just enough that we start to empathize with them while continuing to remind us how horrible they are as humans.
There aren't many displays of wealth more callous than negotiating a settlement worth billions in future earnings with your children as bargaining chips.