Succession Finale: What Does This Blood Sacrifice Mean For Season Three?

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The following contains spoilers for the Succession season two finale.


During Succession’s season two finale last night, Logan Roy decided who to sacrifice to the cruise coverup scandal at Waystar Royco. At one point, there is a very awkward meal during which Logan asks everyone points fingers at who they think should be sacrificed. True allegiances are revealed. Roman, who has seemingly matured many years since he returned from his business deal turned hostage situation, proves his loyalty to the (secret) love of his life, Gerri. Shiv, however, proves she is willing to throw her own husband under the bus. (Poor Wamsgans.)

Logan ultimately sacrifices Kendall, claiming that he loves him so much that this is the only blood sacrifice that would hold any weight. He trusts him to handle the situation well, given how well he handled Congress. He also tells Kendall that he never had a chance of becoming the CEO because he wasn’t enough of a killer. Yikes. Logan announces this decision over another meal with everyone — Roman comes to Kendall’s defense and is given the title of COO from his father.

Good old Cousin Greg chaperones Kendall’s trip back to New York to have a press conference. Somewhere along the way, Kendall decided to use the papers Cousin Greg saved that prove the coverup to throw his father under the bus. He emerges as a killer, but reveals his target to be his father. Logan, with a subtle twitch of a smile, is a bit proud of him and not entirely scared of the challenge this presents.


If you kick the king, you have to kill him…

First of all, how is Logan going to handle this? He’s proud of his son, but he still has to deal with the trouble this creates for him specifically. He has dirt on Kendall, but will he use it? Kendall was in the passenger seat of a car where the driver was under the influence of drugs (as was Kendall) and crashed into a small body of water. The driver died. Kendall emerged physically unscathed and emotionally forever changed. Kendall has kicked the king, but is he prepared to kill him? Or is he going to face the consequences of his involvement in the fatal accident?


Where will the Roy sibling allegiances lie in season three?

Early in the episode, we get to enjoy a solid 30 seconds of Roman encouraging a healthy relationship among his siblings. We catch a glimpse of what emotional maturity could look like among the siblings, but Shiv and Kendall shut down his comments with infantile babble. They’ve never been good at playing nice, but how will Kendall’s stepping out against his father affect their relationships with one another moving forward?


Roman’s maturity has sky-rocketed this episode. So much so that one almost forgets how absolutely terrifying it was to see him attempting to be intimate with Tabitha, his former girlfriend (who was also the participating party in Tom’s closed-circuit system cheating). He seems to be learning how to appropriately handle the feelings he has for Gerri (coming to her defense, sitting beside her and having a normal conversation that doesn’t make me cringe). He also has matured in the way he handles business. Logan trusts him with important deals and he is proving that he can be trusted.

Historically, he has flaked on Kendall. When Kendall was organizing the vote of no confidence in season one, Roman backed him. However, when it came down to it, Roman didn’t have the gall to vote for his father’s removal. But perhaps Roman is tired of being slapped around, both figuratively and literally, in the pursuit of being taken seriously by his father.

Roman surely wants to screw over his father now more than he wants to be the future CEO of Waystar Royco. He never really idolized the position, he seemed to want it simply because of his own insecurities. I feel a Roman/Kendall team up coming (with Cousin Greg too, of course).


Shiv, on the other hand, has always been willing to go against her father. She spent time working with Gil Eavis, a politician who is very much against Logan and everything he stands for. She also momentarily considered taking over Pierce, a company her father was in the middle of trying to acquire. Shiv and her power suits really want to be the CEO of the company, so much so that she essentially put her marriage on the line by suggesting that Tom be the blood sacrifice.

By siding with Kendall, she could take down her father. However, if she stayed with her father, she could probably manage to escape this situation somewhat intact and lock down the CEO position. And she seems to want that more than she wants to take down her father.


Connor will float around and do whatever seems like it will give him the most money. He’s not content to be the world’s poorest rich person.


One thing is for sure: Logan has made his blood sacrifice, but he will be the one bleeding out in season three.

British Shows to Watch on Netflix

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Written for Mosaic by Kitty Williams | Co-Editor-in-Chief

 Netflix can be overwhelming with its ever-changing and sometimes bizarre categories with shifting titles every month. You know how it goes: you don’t have the energy to go digging through all of the options so you just go straight to your old reliable (probably The Office). In an effort to get more out of the Netflix experience, I’ve rounded up some options for your winter-break viewing (or finals week procrastination-not the recommended option). Because Netflix does have so many choices, I limited this list by British television shows and films. This is for the anglophiles:

1. Sherlock

This series follows one of literature’s famous duos: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, but this time it is set in modern-day London. This series has three seasons so far with only three episodes in each. The good news, though, is that every episode is an hour and a half long.

2. Ripper Street

This show is also set in London, but this time it is set in the Victorian era. Matthew Macfadyen plays Detective Inspector Reid, who, along with his team, puts himself in danger in order to solve crimes and murders happening in London after Jack the Ripper’s time.

3. The Crown

For the royal-obsessed, this show begins with the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and continues on from there with flashbacks to her childhood here and there. As the royal family is very private, this drama ponders what goes on in private moments and conversations.

4. The Queen

In this film, Helen Mirren stars as the Queen of England. While The Crown follows her entire reign, this film focuses on one brief time: the day after Princess Diana’s death. Michael Sheen plays Tony Blair, then Prime Minister who was adamant about how the Queen should respond to news of the tragedy.

5. Broadchurch

This show is not for those who like closure after each episode. This series begins with the death of a young boy and follows the detectives who tirelessly search for his killer in a small coastal England town.

6. The IT Crowd

This British comedy centers around two men who work in IT but struggle to interact with others in socially acceptable ways. It follows them as they come to terms with the woman who knows nothing about computers but joins them as head of the IT department.

7. Fawlty Towers

John Cleese of Monty Python plays Basil Fawlty, a man who runs a hotel with his wife Sybil. This show follows their funny interactions with customers and fellow employees in this hotel where everything seems to go wrong.

8. The Imitation Game

This Oscar-nominated film follows Alan Turing as he and his team work to crack the enigma and win World War II. It also features flashbacks to Turing’s childhood to give us insight into his personal life.

9. Atonement

This film features James McAvoy and Keira Knightley as two people in love. However, things fall apart when her sister places accusations on him and he is forced away. Things are complicated further by their roles in World War II.