Kendall appears very drunk within the ultimate scene, and given his battles with habit all through the present, some have speculated that there is likely to be different substances concerned right here. However, as Vox’s Emily VanDerWerff wrote, the present has not explicitly proven us that, and it might not really feel very tonally constant to do a shock reveal within the season finale that Kendall had been utilizing medication with out beforehand depicting it alongside the way in which.
The timing of a widely-circulated New Yorker profile of Strong, which was printed the day the episode aired, has many considering the actor is bidding farewell to the defining position of his profession up to now.
“To me, the stakes are life and demise,” Robust stated. “I take [Kendall] as critically as I take my very own life.” Slate television critic Willa Paskin made a savvy level associated to The New Yorker’s latest profile of Robust. “Textually: I don’t suppose Succession works [without] Kendall,” Paskin wrote. “However additional textually, I discover it laborious to think about the New Yorker ran an entire profile that omits what can be The Large Story, every week earlier than they might inform that complete story.”
There’s a significant plot level left unresolved, too, one which The Ringer’s Charles Holmes called “the Chekhov’s gun of Succession S3”: Kendall’s position within the demise of a caterer at Shiv’s marriage ceremony. The pair left the occasion searching for medication and crashed a automotive into the water, which Kendall was capable of escape from, however the different man didn't.
Logan references this throughout his non-public dinner with Kendall in direction of the top of the final episode. “How lengthy was that child alive earlier than he began sucking in water? Couple of minutes?” Logan asks. Kendall is clearly shaken, and the following time we see him, he’s splayed out on a pool float, beer bottle in hand, face within the water, which some individuals are stating, may have been the point.
The New Yorker story additionally contains an anecdote that appears probably related to the episode’s cliffhanger. Apparently, throughout his break earlier than the third season, Robust was on trip and rode a “motorized surfboard,” which he stated made him really feel like he was flying, however the sensation was perilous. It’s a transparent metaphor for Kendall’s arc this 12 months, the place he begins off on a righteous excessive as a logo of the woke campaign towards the indiscretions of Waystar Royco. However by episode eight, he’s been introduced low, and needs out solely.
“He thinks he’s flying, however he’s about to fall any second,” Robust stated.
There’s another large trace that Kendall has unfinished enterprise–the point out of a podcast in regards to the Roy household that wishes to interview him. His publicist, Comfrey, tells him about it and the truth that they’re sniffing across the caterer’s demise, questioning whether or not it might have been brought on by Logan’s intimidation. Kendall appears intrigued, and occurring the podcast to inform the complete reality–each about his father’s misdeeds and his personal position within the younger man’s tragic passing–can be the final word self-sacrifice, since he’d probably lose his freedom within the course of. Regardless of Kendall’s need to depart this complete dynamic behind–he says if he’s allowed out of Waystar he’ll be “a ghost” who received’t even give a speech at his father’s memorial–Logan is hellbent on conserving his son beneath his thumb. More and more, it looks like the one true selections for Kendall are both taking them each down or dying.
However Succession has been renewed for a fourth season, and it’s laborious to image the sequence occurring that lengthy with out Kendall, since a lot of its white-knuckle stress comes from the battle between the Roy household’s lone crusader and his siblings and father.