- Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the season four finale of “Succession.”
- The series finale, which aired on Sunday night, finally revealed who will take over Waystar Royco.
- Read on to see what happened to each of the main characters, from the Roy brothers to other power players.
Season four led to the momentous vote on the sale of Waystar Royco to GoJo, the company owned by Swedish tech mogul Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). Throughout the 10 episodes, various alliances were formed and broken.
in the wake of the patriarch The death of Logan Roy (Brian Cox) in episode three, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin) became co-interim CEOs of Waystar Royco. They spent the subsequent episodes trying to block GoJo’s takeover of the company that his father built his media empire on.
However, during the big decision, the board voted 7-6 in favor of the merger.
Lukas was last seen signing the paperwork and smiling for the cameras with his team.
Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) had been allied with powerful people, sometimes at the expense of his relationship with Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), ever since he betrayed her in the season three finale, when he tipped off Logan about the brothers’ attempt to carry out a coup, thus demonstrating his loyalty.
After Logan’s death, Tom’s future as president of news broadcasting at ATN seemed to be in jeopardy without his father-in-law looking after him. Being on the cutting board resulted in Tom being constantly stressed and sleep deprived.
In the finale, Tom kept trying to win Matsson’s favor, and it worked. Over dinner, Tom introduced himself to Matsson, remarking on his managerial skills, his simple approach to the business, his hustle and bustle, and his “high tolerance for pain and physical discomfort.”
Throughout the season, Shiv had been vying for the CEO job. Matsson agreed that an American needed to be CEO, but his trust in Shiv had wavered for a multitude of reasons, including his lack of experience and his insistence on business decisions. Also, the line between his professional and personal relationship was getting too blurry, and Matsson even admitted to Tom that he wanted to have sex with Shiv.
Tom, who is easygoing and a people pleaser, quickly rose to the forefront as a candidate for the position.
“I’m not looking for a partner,” Matsson told Tom. “I’m looking for a leader.”
After Tom assured Lukas that he could be his “sore sponge”, he secured his position as the new CEO.
After Greg (Nicholas Braun) learned that Matsson was planning to push Shiv in Tom’s favor, he shared the valuable information with Kendall in hopes that he could “snap” with their team.
But the plan blew up in his face when Shiv told Tom that she had heard from Greg that Matsson was cheating on her or that she should have switched lanes. After Tom told her that he was Matsson’s new favorite option, she stormed out and met with Kendall and Roman to come up with a new strategy.
Furious, Tom took Greg to the bathroom and berated him for jeopardizing his new job and giving Shiv’s team a chance to rally their opposition.
Despite the fight, Tom apparently forgave Greg. At the end of the episode, after being made CEO, Tom jokingly insulted Greg before telling his friend that he got her “enough capital”.
“Got you,” he said.
When Kendall was 7 years old, Logan promised her the company. While Logan would continue to say similar things to Shiv and Roman at various stages of his life, Kendall insisted that he deserved the crown.
After Shiv found out that Matsson was freezing her, she sided with Kendall and Roman to defeat him. Kendall insisted that he was the best choice to be introduced as CEO because he had the experience, the willingness, and the desire to lead the company.
After much discussion, Shiv and Roman finally agreed and gave Kendall their blessing, anointing him king while visiting his mother Caroline (Harriet Walter) in the Caribbean.
But when the brothers returned to New York for the day of the merge vote, Shiv chickened out and changed his mind in the final tiebreaker vote, angering Kendall and leading to an explosive argument.
Despite Kendall saying repeatedly that it was good for the company and that being CEO would mean control would remain within the family, Shiv ultimately voted in favor of the sale.
In the final moments of the episode, Kendall was seen walking along the boardwalk before sitting on a bench and watching the waves, with Colin (Scott Nicholson), Logan’s former bodyguard, watching over him.
Season four was not kind to Shiv, and he constantly faced difficulties.
Her relationship with Kendall and Roman was strained after they pushed her to become the company’s interim successors. Adding to her stress, while she was separated from Tom, she learned that she was pregnant with his child.
Shiv formed an alliance with Matsson and became his confidant, but ultimately chose Tom over her as CEO. When it was time for the board meeting, Shiv walked out of the room as the 6-6 vote was tested and the deal was based on her answer.
In the ensuing discussion between her and Kendall, Shiv reiterated that she didn’t think her brother was good at the job. Although she loved him, he couldn’t bear to vote for Kendall.
Although Shiv and Tom started the season heading towards a divorce, the ending indicated that they will stay together, at least for now. But this time, the dynamic is completely different: for once, Tom is the most powerful in the relationship.
After the sale, Shiv and Tom drove off together, holding hands in the car but not making eye contact.
Prior to Logan’s death, Roman had secretly grown close to his father, to the point that the patriarch told his son that he wanted him to take over and reinvent ATN.
When Logan died, Roman was left powerless, with no one really believing in him or seeing his potential.
At Logan’s funeral in episode nine, Roman broke down in tears and was unable to read his eulogy, prompting Kendall to step up and do damage control. At the end of the episode, as Roman continued to spiral, he jumped into a crowd of protesters and got hit.
In the end, as the brothers argued over who should be introduced as the new CEO, Kendall pointed out how ill-equipped Roman was for the position. Besides, she added, Roman really didn’t want the job anyway, he just couldn’t bring himself to admit it out loud.
When Shiv came around and voted for the merge, Kendall kept thinking of alternate ways to win. But Roman had already made his peace with the loss of him, declaring that “everything is nothing.”
Cut to: Roman at the bar, drinking as the slightest hint of a relieved smile spreads across his face.
Marcia Roy (Hiam Abbass), Logan’s wife, sold the property to Connor (Alan Ruck) for $63 million in episode four after the patriarch’s death.
For most of last season, Connor was preoccupied with his futile attempt to run for President of the United States, going as far as spending $100 million on his campaign. He and Willa (Justine Lupe) were also married, though their nuptials were overshadowed by the news of Logan’s death.
In the finale, Connor summoned Kendall, Shiv, and Roman to Logan’s house to tag the possessions they wanted to keep after he was the first to buy some of the items. The house needed cleaning because Willa wanted to get rid of everything to make way for cool new additions, like a cow print sofa.
Connor and Willa also revealed that they plan to make a long-distance relationship work, as she has a play in six or eight weeks and he is still hoping to become an ambassador for Slovenia.