‘Succession’ (Season 2)

And the Roy corporate family saga continues exactly where season one left off. (Spoilers follow if you have not seen the earlier season).

It’s head to head between Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his dad (Brian Cox). But with the memory of the drowned waiter at Shiv and Tom’s wedding still fresh, the burned-out corporate poseur is but a shadow of the self-aggrandising executive of season one. The hostile, overpriced takeover bid engineered by Kendall through Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed) needs to be buried. Problem for the rest of the family is the vote of the shareholders is in the balance – and the Roys could lose control of Waystar.

Season two is a continuum of the power play and positioning strategies but with siblings Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) taking a more central stage as Logan Roy is pushed into naming a successor to help with the floating shareholder votes. Even eldest sibling Conner (Alan Ruck) enters the fray, having decided that he should consider running for president. The gloves are off as allegiances are outsourced – and Waystar look to increase their holdings by making an hostile bid themselves for the liberal Pierce family holdings, headed by an uncertain Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones).

Internecine struggles galour build on the foundations laid by season one – resulting in an even more engrossing ten episode season than its predecessor.

Rating: 87%


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