WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon trust and estate attorney Jennifer Gould argues the premise of “Succession” — the hit HBO series chronicling a billionaire media mogul and his The kids’ efforts to take over the family business – kind of flawed.
“The idea that they don’t have a solid succession plan is ridiculous,” Gould said.
Still, she saves Monday for ‘crying and grieving’ after watching highly anticipated show series finale airs Sunday night.
With the critically acclaimed series fourth and final season When it ended, loyal fans of “Succession” were locking in their plans to watch the 88-minute finale while surfing the web for emotional support, memes and endless theories about how the show ended and who would win.
“No one I know in real life has seen the show,” Gould said, adding that the emotional toll of season four had her seek support online, which is how she landed on the social news site Reddit, which Site dedicated to all things “Inheritance” has over 456,000 members.
To prepare for Sunday, Gould also reread one of Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedies, “King Lear,” about a fallen monarch and his children vying for the throne. Gould felt that the show could provide clues to the series’ ending.
“It’s clearly a loose retelling of King Lear,” Gould said of “Succession.” “I watched it obsessively. I didn’t think there was any other way to watch it.”
“Succession” has always been about the membership of its audience, not its size, and its popularity among coastal media and agenda-setting groups is what the show portrays and appeals to, meaning the finale should leave a cultural imprint.
The recent prestige TV finale is a better fit for “Succession” than the network giants of decades past. For example, “The Sopranos” suddenly cut to black on the 2007 song “Don’t Stop Believin’,” setting the standard for both sayability and incomprehensibility.
Pamela Soin, a management consultant in New York City, said the end of the New Jersey mob saga was the only ending she was more excited about than a “successor,” “because it was after seven years of investing.”
Soin and a group of friends seriously watched every episode of this season of “Inheritance.”
“We turn off all the lights, do it theater style, turn on the surround sound, and watch in complete silence,” Soin said. “Then let’s report.”
But Soin said she will be alone to watch the final episode due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US
On social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit and the popular chat app Discord among gamers, Succession fans have shared countless memes and various stories about Murdoch-style Roy family members, company executives and Which of the following follows theories about which one will win in the finale. Fans have looked to past episodes, character names, the show’s opening sequence and elsewhere for clues.
Show creator Jesse Armstrong told new yorker “There was a promise in the title of ‘Succession'” earlier this year, which some took as a sign that the show’s central questions would be answered.
Soin thinks the ending will leave many unresolved plot lines and questions to be explained.
“I love the way they approach a lot of things off-camera,” Soin said of the show’s writers, who throughout the series have included key backstories of major characters in later scenes and dialogue.
“Just like in real life, you find out what happened when you weren’t there,” Soin said.
The conclusion of a hit TV series can be fated. The gory end to Walter White’s “Breaking Bad” story in 2013 and the more zen ending to Don Draper’s “Mad Men” in 2015 , generally satisfying discerning fans. The 2019 finale of Game of Thrones — the HBO show’s last big finale — usually didn’t. Endings are hard to come by, and disappointment is often the norm, as the makers of Seinfeld and Lost can attest.
HBO has been able to add suspense ahead of Sunday’s “Succession” finale in part because it only airs one episode a week, a decision that fans who grew up in the streaming age may be too young to remember was once the norm for series.
Suraj Nandy, a 20-year-old college student from Bangalore, India, said he was counting down the hours until Sunday’s finale aired at 6:30 a.m. local time.
“I’m going to huddle, get a blanket and snacks, and sit there in awe,” Nandy said.
Nandy, an economics student at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, said he was disappointed by the ending of “Game of Thrones” and had watched the entire “Breaking Bad” episode, but thought “Success” was “easy, So far, my favorite TV show” of the bunch.
As for his plans for the ending, Nandy said he’ll be attending a virtual viewing party with some of his online friends. But it doesn’t end there.
“I might cry for a few days and watch it again,” Nandy said. “I wanted to relive the whole process all at once.”
Associated Press entertainment writer Andrew Dalton is from Los Angeles.