Succession, the HBO series that has seemingly every millennial group text in America in its thrall, wraps up its second season this Sunday night, and, oh, what a season it’s been. From the rise of Rhea to the perplexing, weirdly perfect Roman-Gerri relationship, the whole season has been a Machiavellian game of one-upmanship that’s sure to explode this weekend.
One question that lingers from the last episode is the identity of the “blood sacrifice” that Waystar Royco patriarch Logan Roy referred to, implying that one of his potential successors would get the ax by the end of the season. But who will it be? We break down the options below.
The resident sad boy of season two, Kendall is bonded to Logan through a dark secret, one that Logan could easily expose to knock his son out of line once and for all. But will he actually do it?
Roman’s been up to no good all season, attempting to take Waystar Royco private with dirty money, and he’s generally slippery enough that he’d be easy to paint as a scapegoat. Still, it’s hard to imagine him going quietly, as Logan most likely knows (after all, remember when Roman brazenly ordered the most expensive thing on the menu as a child? He’s got a combative streak a mile wide).
Ah, sweet Cousin Greg, the very definition of a useful idiot. Could his trusting nature be used against him? He is technically a cousin, which makes him blood, and Logan could easily take him down. But is he meaty enough of a target for it to be worth it? Survey says: not really. It would be in line with the show’s essential philosophy, though, to sacrifice the baby lamb.
Please, not Gerri. Anyone but Gerri. But even though she’s close to the family, she’s not blood, anyway, which makes her an outside chance, depending on how literal Logan was being.
We can see Tom being sacrificed as an extension of Shiv, especially since he’s now potentially in trouble with Congress, but he’s pretty wily and is likely to find a way to pull Greg down with him. Can’t make a Tomlette without breaking some Greggs, as they say!
Okay, it’s probably not Shiv, since Logan made the blood-sacrifice revelation to her. Still, a season three tracking the rapid decline of Shiv could be interesting; imagine her ripping the necks and sleeves off her turtlenecks and training in the forest, Rocky-style, to get her revenge.
Stay with me here: What if Logan takes himself out of the running, just to let madness reign? He is, after all, the world’s biggest chaos king, so it kind of makes sense. In all seriousness, if Logan were to step down, it would signal that he knows just how bad the company’s mistakes have been and is willing to show that to the world by relinquishing his hold on the CEO title; it would be a power move, just not the one anyone expected.
Originally Appeared on Vogue