Brian Cox Gives His Thoughts On That “Succession” Plot Twist

May 25, 2023 / Posted by:

The season finale of Succession is this Sunday, and star Brian Cox sat down with BBC Two’s Amol Rajan to talk about the show’s success and his life and career. But, as we all know, it wouldn’t be a Brian Cox interview without the 76-year-old actor giving us a little Straight Talk (sorry, Dolly Parton, Brian owns the patent). Jeremy Strong can breathe a sigh of relief; this time, Brian didn’t go after his co-star’s “fucking annoying” method acting. Instead, he criticized his character’s story arc. Brian says he (SPOILER ALERT) understands that showrunner Jesse Armstrong “made a plan,” but he thinks Logan Roy shouldn’t have been killed off so early in the season. BREAKING NEWS: Famous Actor Wanted More Screen Time!

Yahoo! reports that Amol Rajan asked Brian if he had any sway in deciding Logan’s fate. Brian replied that he thought it would have been better in the fifth or sixth episode of the season rather than the third episode:

“Armstrong decided to make Logan die, I think ultimately too early,” said Cox. “I mean, he’d made him die in the third episode. And it was a great scene. That’s why I didn’t watch it, because I have no interest in watching. My own death will come soon enough. But I just thought, ‘Wow,’ you know, he did it brilliantly. It was a brilliant scene, the whole act.”

When asked if he tried to delay Logan’s inevitable demise, Cox said: “There’s no point going down that road, especially with somebody like Jesse, because he’s already made a plan.”

Brian went on to share that, initially, he “wrongly” perceived Logan’s death “as a form of rejection”:

“I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected. I felt a little bit, ‘Oh, all the work I’ve done. And finally, I’m going to end up as a New Yorker on a carpet of a plane.'”

He also says that some fans have told him they don’t wanna watch Succession anymore cuz he’s not on it:

“They said, ‘No, I’m not going to watch anymore. You’ve gone, I’m not watching.’ Which I think is unfortunate and unnecessary because the show is about the succession,” said the actor. “So you need to see what’s happening in the wake of his demise. But, you know, I’m not the writer.”

Here’s the part of the interview where Brian talks about his character’s untimely death:

Even though I miss Logan’s cruel and abusive one-liners, I like that he was killed off early in the season. I didn’t see it coming! It’s one of the most shocking deaths in television history. Right up there with Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, Tara on Buffy, and Christopha on The Sopranos. Oh wait, should I have spoiler-alerted that shit? My sincerest apologies to everyone currently bingeing Season 6 of Buffy 21 years after it aired…

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