'Succession' Season 3 Review: I Finally Figured Out Why People Love This Show

The Emmy-winning drama returns on October 17.

Of all the words you could use to describe Succession, perhaps the most apt one is “full-tilt.” When the Emmy-winning HBO drama first premiered, it was hard to figure out what to make of the show's eccentric tone; not quite a comedy yet still packed with sharp yet hilarious quips. And while it was entertaining to watch the expletive-filled battles over control of a massive media empire (that most certainly bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Murdoch family, no sirree bob), it wasn't necessarily the sort of show you could fall in love with — if only due to a collection of characters who went out of their way to not be lovable.

But with each episode, creator Jesse Armstrong and the writers managed to pull us further into the show's web, a journey that only gets deeper and odder with Season 3. The new season picks up right where Season 2 leaves off, with Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) mobilizing his forces, following a press conference regarding the nefarious doing of the Roy family and the multinational corporation they control. That means it's alliance time, with his siblings Tom (Alan Ruck), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) trying to decide whether or not to desert their father, Shiv's husband Tom (Matthew Macfayden) facing the real possibility of jail time, and Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) doing what he does best: being Cousin Greg.

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