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Guided by Jeremy Strong's brilliant performance, series creator Jesse Armstrong reverses course and delivers a seriously satisfying season finale in "This Is Not for Tears."
[Jesse] Armstrong has fleshed out the characters of Logan's bickering children a lot more in Season 2, such that they've become, if not necessarily "lovable," then at least more sympathetic, and even relatable.
Creator Jesse Armstrong, who wrote "This Is Not For Tears," has crafted an ending that makes you believe, in retrospect, that it could go no other way, because that's what great writers do.
Well this is a killer all right. A finale that seems to be tapering towards a sombre, inevitable conclusion only to lash you round the face with the sting in its tail and set us up for the already-commissioned third season.
Much has been made of Jeremy Strong's intense process, the ways in which he immerses himself so deeply in Kendall's misery, but here it pays off.
No. 1 Boy has become the No. 1 Roy. Whatever happens next, we've leveled up to an entirely new category of Prestige TV.
It turns out, [Logan] was completely wrong about Kendall. He is a killer.
In a sense, this season's ending was inevitable. The only way to kill the beast is to cut its head off, and the Roy patriarch is the head of Waystar Royco, literally and figuratively.
It manages to bring out some fantastic performances from its infinite pool of talent, chief among them Jeremy Strong, who manages to rise above and become one of the strongest performances on television.
Succession's second season finale ends on a high point not just for the episode or the season but the entire series.
Was there a better way Succession could have ended its phenomenal second season? No, I don't think so. The finale "This is Not for Tears" blows apart relationships throughout the entire Roy family.
"This Is Not for Tears" deploys familiarity and novelty in equal, and expert, measure. The episode intentionally invokes what's come before to set up, then subvert, our expectations.
Killer Ken! I'm almost as proud as Logan!