The Series Finale Of “Succession” Will Be 90 Minutes Long

May 3, 2023 / Posted by:

We’re more than halfway through the fourth and final season of HBO’s Succession, and it’s still unclear which character will succeed Brian Cox’s Rupert Murdoch-esque media mogul Logan Roy. Now, the show’s composer, Nicholas Britell, has told Variety that the finale will be 90 minutes long. “It’s a huge episode – like a movie.” Then they should show it in theaters. That way, we can all cheer as a community when Logan rises from his grave, calls his kids morons, and hands over complete control of Waystar Royco to Mondale, the dog Shiv and Tom have ignored the entire series.

The Succession finale will air Sunday, May 29, and it was directed by the show’s executive producer, Mark Mylod. He’s already directed a bunch of eps, including all the season finales and this season’s premiere. So, I suppose we can trust him. The final three episodes have been written by series creator Jesse Armstrong.

GQ reports that the finale will be called, “With Open Eyes”. And you bet your impoverished ass that Succession-obsessives have already figured out what it means.:

Like every other Succession season finale before it, the Season 4 finale takes its name from the poem “Dream Song 29,” by John Berryman, originally published in 1964.

Season 1 ended with “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” season 2 followed that with “This Is Not For Tears,” and season 3 used “All the Bells Say.” The title phrases appear out of order and non-consecutively in the poem, but taken together offer clues to the kind of tone Succession creator Jesse Armstrong has been trying to create  over these 40-plus hours of television.

Poet John Berryman had a rough life. He was haunted by the death of his father, who shot himself when he was 11, and, in 1972, he killed himself by jumping off Minnesota’s Washington Avenue Bridge. Let’s hope everyone keeps an extremely close eye on Jeremy Strong’s Kendall Roy in the finale. “Dream Song 29” also contains a character who thinks he may have killed someone (Kendall with the wedding cater waiter in Season 1) and possible references to King Lear and Oedipus Rex (kill your father, marry your mother).

Speaking of marrying your mommy, as this season marches on, I’m starting to worry that Gerri (J. Smith Cameron) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) won’t ever hook up. All that sexual tension in Seasons 2 and 3, and then, in the last episode, Roman just randomly fires her? It’s not fair! Let them fuck! Let them fuck! Who’s with me? Nobody? And you think I’m a perv? Sigh.

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