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Cultural and political differences collide when the elder Roy struggles to convince the Pierce family to hand over their crown jewels in the highly fascinating, intensely devastating "Tern Haven."
When "Succession" fans talk about this episode years from now -- and they likely will -- they'll probably remember it as the one where Siobhan can't stop sabotaging herself.
No one throws a dinner party quite like Succession.
Sarah Snook's face! Her beautiful, twitching, confident, insecure, glassy-eyed face in that opening scene just murdered me. She was cocky and scared and sick and buzzing, all in waves, all at once. It was a feat.
The Roys' pursuit of Pierce is one of the major storytelling thrusts of this season, but each episode both reveals new information about Pierce and provides a new way for them to cast one of the Roy siblings into relief.
There are a lot of places for Succession to go even without the purchase of Pierce.
There's something comforting about the way the Roys wear their awfulness on their sleeves. The Pierce clan doesn't say anything damning, but they come across as hungry vultures eating up the Roy dysfunction.
What Succession shows excellently is that the Pierces and the Roys, for all their surface differences, for Nan Pierce's grand speech about 'virtue,' are just the same.
The tragic thing about Shiv's preternatural gift for obfuscation is that you, like Kira, want to believe her so badly.
The best and most brutal part of this episode, like most of the show's best and worst moments, involves the entire family sitting around a huge dinner table. But this time they're joined by the preppy and punctuated Pierce family.
This episode does a fantastic job of showing how these families are two sides of the same coin. The Pierces are, yes, a little more "presentable" and a little less crude than the Roys, but at the end of they day they're both hugely influential empires.
The meeting of the Pierces and the Roys is also pretty striking as a visual representation of new vs. old money. The way they dress, the way they behave, everything serves as juxtaposition.
Succession Season 2 Episode 5, "Tern Haven," succeeds through taking gestating pieces and hatching a victory mired in personal damage.