Succession episode 6: violence and scandal at “Argestes”

Do you bear in mind these melodramatic promos for The Slap on NBC? From what I perceive, primarily based on the viral clips I watched on Twitter, your complete plot of the miniseries (and the Australian present and novel on which it’s primarily based) is that Zachary Qunto slaps a stranger’s little one at his cousin’s birthday celebration.
That titular slap, which warranted a 483-page e book, sixteen episodes of tv, and an excellent meme, was by some means much less dramatic than the backhand Logan lays on Roman within the newest episode of Succession, “Argestes.” (Coincidentally, Brian Cox additionally starred in The Slap, although he wasn’t the one doing the slapping on that present.)
Set at a VIP “media and banking retreat,” episode six of Succession season two brings Logan to his breaking level, main him to hit his son in a second of helplessness and rage. What obtained him to that time, how his interior circle reacts to it, and what that one second of violence reveals in regards to the Roy household dynamic feels each so tragic and so true.

Onstage at Argestes, the Roy siblings conflict over responses to the cruises scandalPeter Kramer/HBO

quaint dinosaur cull
Because the first moments of Succession, Logan Roy has existed in contradictions: he’s a doddering outdated man who will get misplaced on the best way to the toilet and a ruthless tyrant who comes up with humiliations like “Boar on the Flooring.” This episode pulls Logan’s extremes into their tightest pressure but, revealing him to be an overgrown schoolyard bully, albeit a bully with the ability to pen $25 billion acquisition offers.
“Argestes” opens on the Waystar Royco jet, which has been ready to land “for a fucking hour,” in accordance with Logan. He’s visibly annoyed — with the air tower, certain, however primarily on the Pierce acquisition deal which is caught in a holding sample of its personal. He’s hoping that they’re capable of signal an settlement to purchase Pierce on the Argestes retreat, however quickly learns New York Journal article is about to be revealed blowing the whistle on the cruises scandal that Greg and Tom tried to cowl up.
Logan’s response to the curveballs he’s thrown this episode are concurrently juvenile and geriatric. He pouts when he doesn’t get precedence touchdown on the airport. He lashes out with the tone of an offended toddler when asking for somebody to print out an article for him to learn. Coming into the inexperienced room following a panel during which Shiv requires “a superb quaint dinosaur cull” at Royco, his physique language is that of a child being known as into the principal’s workplace.
So when he slaps Roman (who’s himself appearing reasonably childishly), it’s upsetting, however not solely shocking. When backed right into a nook, with no emotional, psychological, or monetary weapons at his disposal, his response is primal violence.

The Gerri/Roman ship refuses to sinkPeter Kramer/HBO

Gerri provides insult to Roman’s harm
Whereas the slap is itself a harrowing second, the reactions from the remainder of the Roys are actually heartbreaking. Roman himself, in his typical roguish style, performs it off as no large deal. “It’s only a tooth,” he says in response to his dad knocking a molar out of his mouth. “I’ll get one other one.” This actually isn’t the primary time we’ve seen Roman harm and humiliated by his dad. Primarily based on his response it doesn’t actually appear to be that is the primary time it’s gotten bodily, both.
To make issues worse, Roman’s mommy-girlfriend Gerri really soothes Logan after he hits his son. She reassures him that the second “performed properly,” with the smooth, pleading voice I’ve heard dad and mom use to placate their screaming youngsters on the subway. Earlier within the episode Gerri had been advocating for Roman, suggesting that he kick off negotiations with a Qatari investor, however this response makes it clear that her precedence continues to be maintaining Logan blissful — or no less than calm.
And Shiv, whose incendiary remark led to the incident, simply seems to be sort of vaguely involved, and barely manages to throw out a, “Bro, are you o…kay?”

Logan wants a napPeter Kramer/HBO

Kendall steps up
Notably, the one particular person to face as much as Logan is Kendall, who has been trudging via this season like a zombie that exists solely to execute Logan’s plans. However watching his dad hit his brother appears to jolt one thing in Kendall, pulling him out of that stupor. He sticks his finger in Logan’s face, yelling, “Don’t fucking contact him,” and scolding, “Dad, no.” Once more it’s as if Logan is a misbehaving little one.
All through this episode, really, Kendall has been appearing like a stern father or mother. On the airplane he tells his staff — who’ve been crunching to get the Pierce deal finalized — that he’s disillusioned in them, and chastises them for the crime of…consuming snacks. Later, when Shiv and Roman are taunting one another earlier than they go onstage at Argestes, he doesn’t be part of within the sibling rivalry, as an alternative telling them to focus in what can solely be described as a Dad voice.
Watching these moments earlier than the slap, I assumed Kendall was simply emulating Logan. Now it’s clear he’s firming Logan’s parenting fashion method down. Maybe, in a warped method, he’s making an attempt to be a greater dad to his siblings than their very own father has been, however these are the one instruments he is aware of.
With Waystar Royco within the midst of a #MeToo scandal, a proxy battle, and an imploding acquisition deal, Logan assured his household that the sidelong glances and cancelled conferences from fellow Argestes attendees is simply “playground bullshit.” This episode made it clear that “playground bullshit” is all Logan is aware of; it’s no marvel he raised a category clown, a imply woman, and a trainer’s pet.

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