FYI, spoilers for the series finale of Succession lie ahead. Turn back now if you aren't all caught up on the show.
As you're well aware due to staying up all night thinking about nothing else, Succession ended four seasons of sibling rivalry with Tom Wambsgans stepping into the role of CEO and leaving the Roy siblings with nothing but their millions (which...yeah, doesn't sound that bad). Tom secured the role thanks to Shiv turning against Kendall and voting nope on him being CEO—a move that technically relinquishes family-control of the company, but will still allow Shiv to potentially continue operating in the ~shadows~.
But now that we know how the show ends, fans are finding easter eggs that led up to this moment—including a huge one that was staring us in the face throughout the entire season. Take a look at Shiv's season 4 character poster, which literally shows her standing behind Tom.
— lin (@lisaIaoshi) May 29, 2023
Truly howwwwwww did we not clock this sooner.
FYI that Succession creator Jesse Armstrong spoke about Shiv's post-show fate in a finale featurette, saying “Shiv is still in play, I’d say, in a rather terrifying, frozen emotionally barren place. But she has got this kind of non-victory, non-defeat. I mean, there’s gonna be some movement there. There’s still a lot of that game to play out, but that’s where we leave it. And it feels like it’s going to be hard to progress for them, emotionally, given the things they’ve said about each other."
He also noted that “I thought about all their stories,” adding “You know, they don’t end. They will carry on. But it’s sort of where this show loses interest in them because they’ve lost what they wanted, which was to succeed—which, you know, was this prize that their father held out."
Excuse me while I go weep!
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