Thanks to Succession and its Watchmen series, Euphoria and I Know This Much Is True , HBO scored no less than 30 victories at the prestigious ceremony. The pay channel thus beat the famous streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and AppleTV +.
Succession had already won several awards at the 2020 Golden Globes. It still remains confidential despite a critical success. Season 1 has gone almost unnoticed in France, where it airs on OCS, and even season 2 remains less well-known than seasons of other shows. Too bad because Succession has all the ingredients for an excellent series.
Succession , what does it say?
This is the story of Logan Roy (Brian Cox), a patriarch at the head of a fortune and one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. As he ages, his four children, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Siobhan Roy (Sarah Snook) and Connor Roy (Alan Ruck), tear each other apart over who will take over from the media empire.
Looks like Game of Thrones
Not only is HBO that we owe Succession , but the series has other points in common with Game of Thrones. History already since, there too, it is about a war for the throne. Except that it is not iron but gold, and it is not kingdoms fighting but children (adults) for power and money once their father eventually dies.
What also makes one think of GOT are the betrayals, the cheap blows, the egos of this powerful family which despises others and does not hesitate to use humiliation. Finally, each episode is highly commented on the networks, as at the time of Game of Thrones . This is probably because it is broadcast episode by episode and therefore binge-watching is not possible, thus giving viewers an endless wait and a certain adrenaline between each broadcast.
An incredible cast
The acting is simply impressive. And this thanks to a high-flying cast of Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Sarah Snook (Siobhan Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Hiam Abbass (Marcia) Roy) or Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wamsgans).
Brian Cox (Logan Roy) plays the big boss of the conglomerate and his dysfunctional family. He, who is increasingly old and weak, tries as best he can to keep his place. A character who is also angry and particularly hateful, even if one cannot help but appreciate him. Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy) plays the son who is supposed to take over from the empire but who has poly-drug addiction concerns. Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy) is an immature and neurotic young bad boy. Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), aka the eldest, doesn't give a damn about the business world. On the other hand, he is very keen on keeping his extravagant lifestyle. Finally, the youngest Sarah Snook (Siobhan Roy) never hesitates to oppose her father's political ideas and his manipulations, even if she hopes deep down to succeed in impressing him with his career.
An immersion in the very rich, chiseled dialogues and black humor
The creator of Succession , Jesse Armstrong, had written a biopic on Rupert Murdoch, the wealthy businessman who was in the business of wiretapping. It was by taking inspiration from the billionaire who exists in real life that he imagined Logan Roy. The series immerses you in this decadent world where private jets and helicopters replace journeys by public transport or cars. Between superb outfits more expensive than rent and houses worthy of castles, discover this ultra VIP and closed world, totally out of the ordinary.
One of the strengths of this show are also its chiseled dialogues. Innuendo, spades, punchlines … Nothing is left to chance, each word is particularly well chosen, whether in scenes of family conflicts or in business sequences.
This black work is full of humor. Yes it's a drama, but it's so funny! Both in the writing of the screenplay and in the acting. A squeaky humor that adds a huge plus to the quirky tone of the series.