Succession: The Roy children announce the Waystar-GoJo merger
Succession: The Roy children announce the Waystar-GoJo merger at Investor Day as Shiv and Lukas Matsson tease a new partnership
The massive merger between the Roy family’s Waystar Royco and Lukas Matsson’s (Alexander Skarsgard) GoJo is officially announced in the sixth episode of Succession’s fourth and final season.
The Roy children – Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Shiv (Sarah Snook) are preparing for their company’s annual Investor Day, where the official announcement will be made.
While Kendall and Roman were named the interim CEO’s after their father Logan’s (Brian Cox) surprising death, Shiv has been seen meeting with Matsson, with the possibility growing that she could have a much bigger role in the new company.
Shiv’s estranged husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) warns her in the show’s preview that she’s keeping all of her options open and to be careful.
Shiv also expresses her concern that her brothers could say anything they wanted at the Investor Day presentation.
Investor Day: The massive merger between the Roy family’s Waystar Royco and Lukas Matsson’s (Alexander Skarsgard) GoJo is officially announced in the sixth episode of Succession’s fourth and final season
Lukas: While Kendall and Roman were named the interim CEO’s after their father Logan’s (Brian Cox) surprising death, Shiv has been seen meeting with Matsson, with the possibility growing that she could have a much bigger role in the new company
Shiv: Shiv’s estranged husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) warns her in the show’s preview that she’s keeping all of her options open and to be careful
The episode begins with a shot of Logan Roy filming something about the Living Plus real estate brand becoming part of their real estate division.
The director stops him and tells him to be ‘more upbeat’ for the video but Logan keeps pushing back at it.
We see Kendall watching the video as Logan screams at everyone around him, saying they are as, ‘useless as my f***ing idiot kids.’
Hugo (Fisher Stevens) apologizes for what Logan said, but Kendall says it’s ‘fine’ and that it’s like a ‘Valentine’s card,’ asking to watch the video again.
Shiv is on her plane waiting for it to refuel when she’s joined by Lukas, who tells her he doesn’t want to pursue the acquisition of Living Plus.
He asks why they’re doing this since he doesn’t want Living Plus but Shiv says they didn’t want it to ‘look like we were just minding the shop until you came in,’ though he says that’s exactly what they’re doing.
He says he doesn’t need it, adding, ‘You know how shitty and heartbreaking it is being locked up on a cruise? How about that, but you also get to stay in the same f***ing place the whole time?” I’m not gonna pursue, so why would you announce?’
Matsson says he hates it but he likes that he has Shiv on the ‘inside’ that ‘gets’ him but Shiv says, ‘Maybe I hate you.’
‘Maybe I love my brothers very much,’ she says, and Matsson adds, ‘Oh, by the way, did they mention that they went totally f***ing mental on me,’ adding it was, ‘totally unprofessional.’
She adds, ‘You know, I’m gonna tell my brothers everything you said,’ and he adds, ‘Cool. Do that. Nothing to hide, nothing I wouldn’t tell them myself.’
Back at Waystar HQ, Kendall and Roman warn the senior team that they have some concerns about the deal and Matsson taking over.
When they tell everyone about their conflicts with Matsson, Kendall and Roman are alone with Shiv as she realizes that her brothers are trying to tank the deal.
‘The plan was always -we were getting out clean. Doing Pierce, buying Pierce together. What the f**k happened?’ Shiv asks.
‘Shiv, maybe we can keep it, and Pierce, all of us,’ Kendall says, as Shiv adds, ‘Oh, man, you are f***ing c**ksuckers.’
They both apologize and insists they wouldn’t have ‘d***ed you over’ as they all hug.
Shiv schedules a meeting room when she starts crying, as her estranged husband Tom enters the room.
She tells him, ‘Yes. I’m just very busy. And… I have found I am too busy, what with my dad. And so, uh, Sarah has sometimes found me somewhere so that I can…Have a moment to cry.’
Tom adds, ‘You’re scheduling your grief?’ but she tells him to f**k off but instead he gives her a hug and they start kissing.
Kendall and Roman read a statement their father made before he passed which said they will not be at Investor Day.
They start talking about Matsson adding they don’t think he has any ‘juice’ past 192, meaning $192 per share for the merger.
Roman meets with Joy (Annabeth Gish), the head of Waystar Studios, who is concerned that ATN has a ‘direct line’ to Mencken and their coverage on him.
Roman says he plans on dumping a ton of money into the network and wants the ‘hit machine’ to keep pumping… but she doesn’t seem to be on the same page with Roman… so he fires her.
She tells him this is a mistake but he’s clearly made up his mind before he leaves the room.
Kendall is meeting with his team for prepping Investor Day, telling them he wants them to build a Living Plus house in a day, which is quite the daunting task.
Roman meets up with Kendall, who tells him has some thoughts about Investor Day.
Tom is seen mingling at a mixer reception for Investor Day when he meets up with Shiv, who asks him who he likes at the party, who he’d hook up with.
While, for a majority of the series, the Roy children have been at odds with each other, the last few episodes of Season 3 found them finally joining forces to stop their father Logan from selling off the family’s media conglomerate.
Little did they know that family black sheep Tom Wambsgans (Matthew McFadyen) betrayed his own wife Shiv and gave Logan a heads up on what they were doing, giving him enough to remove their power to block the impending sale.
The final shots of Season 3 seemed to indicate that Shiv realized her husband betrayed her, though it’s unclear how that will play out in Season 4.
Succession creator Jesse Armstrong first confirmed that Season 4 will be the end of the show in a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker, where he was asked why he decided to confirm the final season before it debuted.
Children: The Roy children – Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Shiv (Sarah Snook) are preparing for their company’s annual Investor Day, where the official announcement will be made.
Odds: While, for a majority of the series, the Roy children have been at odds with each other, the last few episodes of Season 3 found them finally joining forces to stop their father Logan from selling off the family’s media conglomerate
‘One, we could have said it as soon as I sort of decided, almost when we were writing it, which I think would be weird and perverse,’ Armstrong began.
‘We could have said it at the end of the season. I quite like that idea, creatively, because then the audience is just able to enjoy everything as it comes, without trying to figure things out, or perceiving things in a certain way once they know it’s the final season,’ he added.
‘But, also, the countervailing thought is that we don’t hide the ball very much on the show. I feel a responsibility to the viewership, and I personally wouldn’t like the feeling of, “Oh, that’s it, guys. That was the end.” I wouldn’t like that in a show. I think I would like to know it is coming to an end,’ he clarified.
He added, ‘And, also, there’s a bunch of prosaic things, like it might be weird for me and the cast as we do interviews. It’s pretty definitively the end, so then it just might be uncomfortable having to sort of dissemble like a politician for ages about it. Hopefully, the show is against bulls**t, and I wouldn’t like to be bulls****ing anyone when I was talking about it.’
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