“I’m better than you. You’re, you know, I hate to say this because I love you, but you’re kind of evil.”

It’s not hard to tell you why I love SUCCESSION. There’s a carefully crafted tone and story that has everyone, including cast members, debating whether the show is a drama or a comedy. Incidentally, Season 3 is the most dramatic yet, sometimes at an almost soap-opera level of twists. Every minor twist or turn has a visible and gradual impact on a character.

SUCCESSION, much like its literal meaning, boils down to relationships. Like real life, every character seems to have a defined connection to every other character. SUCCESSION isn’t close to being the first show with a complex ensemble cast, but what strikes me is how the relationships between characters fluctuate and ebb and flow.

In a recent conversation with a few members of the SpoilerFreeReviews team, we came to an apt comparison – that SUCCESSION is essentially the GAME OF THRONE’s Lannister house. And not solely because of the political drama, but also how much sympathy we can have for scummy people.

Overall, Season 3 of SUCCESSION initially felt a bit slower-paced than prior seasons. Still, I’ve decided that the dramatic moments carry more gravity on the plot than they have before, so it balances out in the end. Initially, I considered making a ranked list of episodes, but since they’re all 🤩 for me, my highlights are S3E6 and S3E7 (WHAT IT TAKES and TOO MUCH BIRTHDAY). In hindsight, every back-half episode had at least one central turning point for a character and seeing that play out was incredible.

SUCCESSION Season 3 is available to stream on HBOMax.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking).

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