Succession Season 3 Episode 5: Roys brace for fireworks at annual shareholders’ meeting

The fourth episode of HBO’s smash-hit Succession, titled Retired Janitors of Idaho, aired Sunday on HBO with a key episode in which Waystar Royco’s annual shareholders’ meeting was held. 

In the opening scene, Logan Roy (Brian Cox) was seen headed to the annual shareholders’ meeting while Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) spoke with his kids over the phone.

Kendall watched a news report about the upcoming meeting while taking a call from exec Frank Vernon (Peter Friedman) looking to get on the same page amid the changing circumstances ahead of the meeting.

The latest: Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and son Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) continue their battle for control of Waystar Royco on Sunday’s episode of Succession with the company’s annual shareholder meeting 

Logan is seen heading into the meeting while taking possession of a bottle of his medication from an assistant ahead of the meeting.

The company execs converge and reveal to Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) and husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) that Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed), Sandy Furness (Larry Pine) and Sandi Furness (Hope Davis) have not been amenable to any settlements amid negotiations.

Connor Roy (Alan Ruck) arrives to the meeting hoping to speak with Logan and demands to speak with him, lest he spill the dirt on the family.

Logan arrives and is debriefed by execs about the uncertainty of the forthcoming vote, with Logan suggesting to continue to put pressure on the U.S. president to ease on the federal probe of the company.

Waystar Royco’s annual shareholder’s meeting comes at a time of crisis for the company amid a number of scandals and an attempted hostile takeover 

Financier Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed) has been a key player in the move to squeeze out Waystar management 

 

Stewy has been working with mogul Sandy Furness (Larry Pine) and his daughter Sandi Furness (Hope Davis) in efforts to gain control of the multimedia conglomerate 

Kendall meets with Stewy and looks to negotiate an arrangement that will be amenable to both sides, warning him that Logan will stubbornly demand a vote rather than make concessions to their side.

Stewy contacts Waystar Royco brass and asks for a meeting in which they would come to a settlement, but Logan is skeptical, thinking that their side has less leverage than earlier.

Logan won’t attend personally but sends his surrogates Shiv, Roman (Kieran Culkin), Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) and Karl Muller (David Rasche) to negotiate.

Kendall calls Shiv to advise her, but she coldly brushes him off.

Stewy, Sandy and Sandi propose a deal in which their side will let Logan’s side retain the CEO-chairman role, with board seats, costs covered – and veto rights on any other Roy family members ever taking over the CEO role.

The Roy side agrees to all elements of the deal except the veto power.

Connor Roy (Alan Ruck) approaches Logan about held to burnish his reputation for his presidential campaign. Connor demeans his siblings in his request for more power in the company.

Shiv and Roman seem at odds with Gerri over the veto concession.

Greg Roy (Nicholas Braun) arrives to Kendall and apologizes for leaving Kendall’s side, to which Kendall tells him he might have to burn him as part of his corporate maneuvering, saying he will turn him over to the DOJ to placate them in their probe.

Stewy and Sandi are seen chatting with Waystar executive Karl Muller (David Rasche) in the episode 

Sandi was introduced earlier this season amid her mogul father’s apparent health problems 

Greg is left in disarray after the meeting, and meets with grandfather Ewan Roy (James Cromwell) and lawyer Roger Pugh (Peter Riegert), as Ewan is livid about Greg’s defection to Logan’s side.

Pugh tells Greg that he’s assisting Ewan to forward his entire inheritance to charities such as Greenpeace.

Ewan chastises Greg about his involvement with the Roys and coldly walks away from him.

Frank opens up the shareholders’ meeting as the Roys report optimistic news that their team will reach a settlement with Sandy’s side.

Logan wants to humiliate Sandy’s side and bar them from the building, but seems a bit discombobulated and calls guard Colin (Scott Nicholson) for his medication.

Kendall is told that the pet rabbit he advised a nanny to feed a bit of a bagel to is ailing.

The Waystar public relations team is huddled around putting out a statement when Sandi calls Gerri and tells her that their side also wants the family to relinquish their private jets based on optics of elitism.

Logan continues to seem confused as he asks Tom for help in escorting him to the restroom.

Karl is due to speak at the meeting, completely unaware of what to say amid the uncertain circumstances of the settlement.

He tells Frank about he needs to kill time amid the developments, as Frank looks to stall in his speech to shareholders.

Logan is ultimately unwilling to concede to the opposition’s demands, telling his inner circle, ‘F*** em!’ while again asking for his medication.

Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) and Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) appear to be on edge amid the ongoing business machinations in play

Shiv calls the Furness camp to tell them the deal is off, as the Roys will not concede their private jets and are willing to put things to a vote.

Shiv gives Greg a note to pass to Frank on the stage; he reads the note and crumples it up.

Logan continues to look out of sorts, commanding Tom again take him to the restroom.

When Greg asks them if they are going back to the bathroom, Logan snaps back, ‘What f***ing business is it of yours!’

Kendall and Stewy continued backchannel communications to see the deal through.

Logan appears in physical distress while in a bathroom stall while Tom attends to him. He tells him, ‘Thanks son,’ to which Tom replies, ‘Anytime … papa.’

Tom informs Shiv that Logan is ‘totally out of it,’ to which a confused Logan calls Shiv by his wife Marcia’s name.

Shiv calls Logan’s assistant Kerry about his medical problem, informing Shiv that he has a urinary tract infection.

As news spreads of the UTI ailment, the family and execs scramble to find out his position as he appears in a confused state.

Hugo and Karolina converge with the family and execs as to whether Logan should publicly speak at the meeting.

Kendall fierily walks in and yells at the family to work out the deal: ‘This is you throwing it away!’

The unique relationship between Tom and Greg has been one of the show’s most talked-about elements in its three seasons 

Greg meets with his grandfather Ewan Roy (James Cromwell) and Roger Pugh (Peter Riegert), the lawyer Ewan has hired to represent him amid the company’s scandal and federal probe

The meeting comes at a pivotal time for the company amid a federal investigation over the company’s history of cover-ups of murders, sexual assaults and other crimes within its cruise division under the stewardship of founder and CEO Logan Roy (Brian Cox).

Amid the tumult, Roy business rivals Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed), Sandy Furness (Larry Pine) and Sandi Furness (Hope Davis) have continued their push to win over shareholders and take a majority stake to wrestle the Roy family out of power.

Last week’s episode forwarded the ongoing storyline, introducing Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody into the cast as investor-activist Josh Aaronson (Adrien Brody), who took Logan and Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) on an extended walk through his private island as they discussed where his loyalties lie with the upcoming meeting on tap.

After Logan fell ill on the walk, Josh and Stewy were seen hugging at the end of the episode, setting up uncertainty ahead of the shareholders’ meeting.

The season has also seen the marriage of Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) and husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) tested by her ascension up the company ranks, and his fears he will be incarcerated for his actions in the company’s cover-ups, which she has shown little empathy toward.

Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) have continued their business alliance and psychosexual relationship amid the changing circumstances of the company’s power hierarchy.

Connor Roy (Alan Ruck) has looked to parlay his silence (in knowledge of the company’s longtime toxic culture) into aid from his father Logan to boost his presidential hopes.

And Greg (Nicholas Braun) has continued to be a wild card amid the family and business fracas, as it has not been made clear where his loyalties lie. 

The Canadian cousin of the Roys, who assisted Tom with the aforementioned cover-ups, has been aggressively courted by Logan and Kendall, while his grandfather Ewan Roy (James Cromwell) has set him up with lawyer Roger Pugh (Peter Riegert), amid speculation the latter two have ulterior political motives in using Greg to expose critical fissures in both Waystar Royco and capitalism at large.

Ewan, who holds a key voting position on the company’s board, is seen attending the shareholders meeting a row ahead of investor-activist Josh Aaronson (Adrien Brody), who was introduced in last week’s episode

Brody and Davis are among the notable names who have joined the cast for the show’s third season, as Alexander Skarsgard is also slated to appear in the show’s third season as a tech CEO named Lukas Matsson.

The Emmy-winning show from creator Jesse Armstrong has continued to be a hit with critics and fans, dominating the pop culture press and social media with its ensemble cast and scintillating storylines.

Succession continues with the fifth episode in the nine-episode season, titled What It Takes, on Sunday, November 21 at 9 PM ET on HBO. 

Connor Roy (Alan Ruck), Roman, Karl and Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) appear to be under pressure amid a meeting ahead of the shareholder event 

Connor, Gerri and Karl are joined by the company’s top public relations people in Karolina Novotney (Dagmara Dominczyk) and Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens) in this scene from the episode

Gerri leads the Waystar team for a sit-down meeting with their business rivals 

Shiv, recently anointed an executive with Waystar, appears in distress as she’s flanked by veteran exec Frank Vernon (Peter Friedman) in the episode 

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