Succession fans have been puzzled by a critical question in Season 4: Was Kendall Roy’s name underlined or crossed out? This intriguing mystery revolved around a piece of paper found in the fourth episode, suggesting Kendall (played by Jeremy Strong) as the potential successor to Logan Roy (portrayed by Brian Cox) at Waystar RoyCo. However, there was a catch – no one could determine whether Logan had underlined Kendall’s name or crossed it out.
Jesse Armstrong, the showrunner of Succession, has finally provided the much-awaited answer to this perplexing question. Speaking at an event hosted by the Financial Times, Armstrong shared his insights. He humorously pointed out that if someone intended to cross out a name, they wouldn’t start by underlining it.
This statement definitively settles the debate and puts an end to viewers’ speculations. Armstrong, who had refrained from commenting on the final season while it was airing, has now happily shared his perspective.
The Irrelevant Twist
In the end, the fate of whether Logan wanted Kendall to take over as CEO or not became irrelevant. The company was ultimately acquired by Swedish billionaire Lukas Mattson (played by Alexander Skarsgård), who appointed Tom Wambsgans (portrayed by Matthew Macfadyen) as the company’s new leader.
Succession Season 4, which aired from March to May, received a remarkable 27 Emmy nominations. This includes a record-breaking number of Lead Actor nominees. Notably, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, and Kieran Culkin, who plays Roman Roy, are all vying for the award. This marks the highest number of nominations for a single show in Emmy history.
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