Succession ultimately resulted in tragedy. Daniel Fienberg, the head TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter, came to the conclusion that the series finale was “vicious, funny, and haunting” and that “the Roys are/were the worst of people, and Tom beat them at their own game.” Jesse Armstrong, the show’s creator, wrote “With Open Eyes,” and succession director Mark Mylod, who has overseen four episodes each season, usually the opening and closing ones, helmed it. In the series finale, it was revealed that Logan Roy (Brian Cox), who passed away in the third episode of the final season, which was also directed by Mylod, left Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) in charge of the media.
Tom’s ascension results in a different outcome for the three Roy siblings who have sold their souls in exchange for the chance to wear the Waystar Royco CEO crown. Shiv (Sarah Snook) is forced to play the CEO’s wife, Roman (Kieran Culkin) takes his usual seat at the bar, and Kendall (Jeremy Strong), who has experienced what the actor has described as a “extinction-level event,” considers jumping into the icy water below him.