The Summer Palace
Succession Season 2

94%

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Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

Fast-paced, savage, and surprisingly tragic, the one percent continues to commit unspeakable atrocities to one another in the entertaining, "The Summer Palace."

Episode Info

Season 2 premiere. Still addled from the events in England, Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his financial banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.

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Critic Reviews for The Summer Palace

Succession is so good at twisting those emotional screws.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Ruthlessness is what drives season two premiere The Summer Palace forward.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The stench inside the summer place was a perfect analogy for the Roy family.

Aug 19, 2019 | Rating: 5.0/5.0 | Full Review…

[Succession] has expertly portrayed, vilified and satirized the comings and goings of modern and past figures like the Murdochs and the Hearsts from day one.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

In my previous reviews, I echoed Shiv and Roman's appraisals: Kendall is finished. His story had a natural endpoint, and to keep him around in a major role would be unnecessary. I have to say, though, I like what they're doing here.

Aug 19, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

What began more like a winking satire has since become a critique of all of the towering, terrible giants of global industry and how, through some combination of ego, impulsiveness and ignorance, they're destroying their own legacies.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The show wasted no time in getting back to fifth gear.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Succession Season 2 Episode 1, The Summer Palace, continues to be a shining example that horrible people being horrible to each other is strangely compelling.

Aug 19, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

More than anything, the early introduction of the Shiv-as-Waystar-Successor plan really means there's ample time for [it] to hit the fan. So, uh, congrats to her?

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

[Succession] celebrates wealth in the way American pop culture always has -- but it also always understands who's being flattened beneath the family's boots. It's a dark, yet beautiful, vision of the world.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…