There's no other family quite like them on television right now: the Roys. They're rich, conniving, narcissistic, hilarious, sometimes evil, and, most importantly, always entertaining.
Season 2 of HBO's hit show Succession, which centers around four wealthy New York City siblings fighting to run their father's media company, returns August 11. It will air on Sundays at 10 p.m. You can expect plenty of familial drama and more insane insults—remember in season 1 when Kendall Roy (Jeremy Iron) whipped out this line: "You little Machiavellian fuck! I like you!"
I do, and it was marvelous. Ahead of season 2's release, here's five major plot lines to keep in mind.
Shiv and Tom tied the knot
Where to even start with this wedding. It took place in a gorgeous manor in the English countryside with friends and, of course, the Roy family. Obviously that means everything immediately went haywire. Kendall essentially tries to destroy the ceremony and shortly after Shiv (Sarah Snook) exchanges vows with Tom (Michael Macfadyen), she tells him that she's been unfaithful with her colleague Nate, who IS AT THE WEDDING. Tom agrees to have an open marriage, but tells Nate, "If I ever see you in the same room as Shiv again, I will pay men to break your legs. If I go to jail, which I won’t, so be it."
Connor announced his run for president
In the finale, Connor (Alan Ruck) bizarrely announces a presidential bid. Ruck told AwardsDaily.com that, “It was kind of an improv, and I came to this one line, and they knew that Connor wanted to run for office. In the audition, he had this line, 'Dad, there’s this job that I want, and it’s called President of the United States.' I looked at Adam and said he had to be putting his old man on. Adam shook his head and said that he – Connor was deadly serious.”
He adds, “From that instance on, I knew who he was. He’s walking around in a different world than the rest of us. He’s really dancing to the beat of his own drum. He might be missing a few chips and is slightly off, but he’s not really harmful. He’s as bigotted as the rest of them and as entitled as the rest of them, but he’s fairly benign.”
There’s an eerie death
A car crash leaves a cater waiter from Shiv's wedding dead at the bottom of a river. Kendall wades into the water, but quickly gives up and flees the scene. Succession creator Jesse Armstrong told Vanity Fair that the scene was loosely based on Ted Kennedy’s 1969 Chappaquiddick car accident, which resulted in the death of his passenger, a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne. The magazine details the scene in the show, below:
Kendall has to drive because the cater-waiter is high on ketamine. “I don’t drive that much because I’m incredibly rich, and I mostly get driven everywhere,” Kendall explains as he grinds the stick shift, his passenger drunkenly guffawing at the absurdity of the statement. Cut to: a deer in the road; the car careening off a bridge and into water; and Kendall saving himself but not the cater-waiter. Rather than call for help, Kendall, in shock, walks through the rain back to the wedding reception; cleans himself up; and returns to the party—alibis don’t write themselves—in time to boogie down to the most chilling Whitney Houston music cue of all time.
The cruise ship PR crisis
The Roy children's cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) threatens to expose a PR nightmare tied to the family's line of cruise ships. According to Forbes, "Tom learns that in taking over parks for the company he has inherited some dirty laundry from his predecessor. The generally beloved boss upon his retirement reveals to Tom that their cruise lines would drop off passengers who committed crimes on their ships in countries along their route whose (implied corrupt) authorities would then deal with the perpetrators. These crimes ranged from rape to murder and wrack Tom with guilt."
Tom tells Greg about the scheme and at Shiv's wedding, he threatens to expose it. This is when Kendall replies with his best line in the season: "You little Machiavellian fuck, I like you."
Tom swallowed his own load
Yup… It was a crazy scene and should be remembered. Tom celebrated his upcoming wedding to Shiv by "swallowing his own load at a subterranean, high-concept art party in Brooklyn," as The Ringer puts it. The moment was significant, a larger metaphor, perhaps, for the way in which, "unrestrained capitalism must eventually devour itself," according to The Ringer, "or maybe how its success contains the seeds of its own destruction."
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