'Succession' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: It's no Logan, no Roys as drama gets serious

Although the battle lines were drawn early on between Kendall and Logan, the latter's firm hold just makes for an interesting battle


                            'Succession' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: It's no Logan, no Roys as drama gets serious
Brian Cox in 'Succession' season 3 (David M. Russell/HBO)
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Kendall Roy's burned, Shiv is practically someone Logan doesn't really give two hoots about. Connor's not even in the equation. Roman is still the sweet child, and Tom, well...he's the son. And this is folks, is Brian Cox's Logan for you after 'Succession' Season 3 Episode 5. The latest chapter has drama and dry comedy, whilst also showing how grave the scenario is for the Roys. Quite simply, what 'Succession' says after 'Retired Janitors of Idaho' is "No Logan, No Roys."

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Now he may suffer from UTI and go off-color when he doesn't pop the pills, but that isn't going to get the old man down. Following the events of Episode 4 where the meeting with Josh Aaronson (Adrien Brody) goes south, much of their future rides on the Waystar’s annual shareholders’ meeting where Logan could restore parity by reassuring the stakeholders or letting the rivals Sandy (Larry Pine) and Stewy (Arian Moayed) call the shots after they take over.

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Logan sits out of the entire deal, party because he's out of it and wants to take a piss each time a major decision that needs to be made comes up. This makes life harder for Roman and Shiv, especially for the latter as she tries to salvage the deal. Roman's perhaps biggest part of the day was talking to an upset POTUS who tells him he won't be running another term as ATN’s coverage had tarnished his reputation. Shiv offers Sandy the fourth seat if Waystar can have one that she would take.

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The deal is done, but Logan's not the one to toast as he says he could have done a lot better and calls Gerri (J.Smith-Cameron) to discuss the future moves. The celebration of having the deal done is further dampened when Tom tells Shiv that he wants her to get pregnant before he goes behind bars because it's the last sex he gets before he makes his way in. There is a reconciliatory hug of sorts after Logan snubs Shiv, but only when Tom assures her that he wants to make her feel better.

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And as far as Kendall goes, the bridge is burnt when he makes a sideshow of himself in the shareholder's meeting by declaring that he would start a foundation in the name of the sexually abused victims. So, it's all happening as the series inches to a close. Although the battle lines were drawn early on between Kendall and Logan, the latter's firm hold just makes for an interesting battle and the rest of his children are just pieces on the chessboard.

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'Succession' Season 3 airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on HBO.