The shocking Succession Season 3 Finale Explained!

A masterful episode that mirrors the season premiere brought Succession's third season to a close on December 12th, leaving Logan, as always, the top dog in a game that his children can't seem to beat him at.

Here's everything that happened in the ninth episode of the season, “All the Bells Say,” which was written by the show's creator, Jesse Armstrong.

What happened in the season 3 finale of Succession?

The season 3 finale opens with Logan (Brian Cox) reading to his grandson in their Tuscan villa, while the rest of the Roy family engages in a wholesome yet telling game of Monopoly with the help of their maid. The fact that Shiv (Sarah Snook) cheats a lot at this game will not come as a surprise to anyone. But pay attention to the “Get Out of Jail Free” cards that Tom receives as a callback to an earlier episode of the season and as a foreshadowing of his betrayal later in the episode.) Towards the end of the eighth episode, we learn that Kendall (Jeremy Strong) was taken to the hospital after nearly drowning after falling off a pool float. Despite Kendall's insistence that it was an accident, the rest of his family is concerned because they believe it was more than likely a suicide attempt. Shiv even goes so far as to stage an intervention for her brother, but the attempt devolves into a brutal shouting match.

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Logan and Roman (Kieran Culkin) travel to Lake Como to meet with Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard) in order to finalize a “merger of equals” agreement. In a short period of time, Matsson gains the upper hand and offers Logan an intriguing deal: GoJo purchases Waystar, Matsson assumes control of the board of directors, and Logan withdraws his money. Moreover, Matsson has stated that Roman will be given a position in the new company structure. On that note, Logan dispatches Roman to Tuscany in order to attend his mother's wedding.

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The wedding of Caroline (Harriet Walter) and Peter Munion (Pip Torrens) is still going on. Shiv delivers a heartwarmingly passive-aggressive toast at the reception, but she begins to suspect that something is wrong with the GoJo deal even before the reception begins to take place. Shiv confronts Roman and Kendall, informing them of her suspicion that Logan intends to sell the business. In the meantime, Roman conceals the fact that he was aware of Matsson's offer, and Kendall suffers an emotional breakdown, during which he reveals his role in the death of the waiter at Shiv's wedding. “Shiv, I'm sorry, but I'm not here.” At this moment, I am not feeling particularly connected to my children or to my endeavors…” “I'm not a decent human being.” Shiv and Roman come together to support their brother and alleviate his feelings of guilt in an unexpectedly tender turn of events.

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Kendall's dirt road revelations bring the siblings together, and they collectively decide (although Roman does require some hand-holding) to overthrow their father—it's a coup Kendall has been planning since the season 2 finale, and it happens. They are well aware that Logan will require a supermajority in order to complete the sale, and thanks to a provision in Logan and Caroline's divorce settlement, the siblings now own enough stock to prevent any major changes from taking place. Shiv makes a phone call to Tom during the car ride to Logan's hotel to tell him about their plan.

They make an attempt to reason with him as he mocks their efforts and explains, in anger, that they deserve to be left to flail about aimlessly and will eventually have to work hard to achieve something, just like he did, but they are unsuccessful. Logan then reveals that he had already reached Caroline and persuaded her to give up the children's shares—though Shiv, Kendall, and Roman are perplexed as to how he had managed to get one step ahead of them. (Kids, Logan is always one step ahead of the game.) Roman attempts to persuade Gerri, who has retreated to Logan's corner after dealing with Roman's dick pic disaster. Logan departs as soon as Tom enters, leaving the children inconsolable and in disbelief.

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What did Tom Wambsgans do in the final episode of Succession?

A new top dog has arrived in town! When Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) tells Logan about his kids' plan to thwart the sale of Waystar Royco, it is the most powerful move of the season and his life. In the wake of Shiv's revelation that they plan to use their holding company's shares to thwart Logan's sale, Tom takes the information to Big Guy, giving Logan the time he needs to call his ex-wife and renegotiate the divorce deal that gave the kids a share.

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Finally, Logan pats Logan's son-in-law on the shoulder, revealing Tom's double-cross that he had been hiding from the rest of the group. Toshio's dismay, Shiv is seen sobbing as she comes to terms with the fact that Tom has been a mole for Logan all season long (remember the donuts at Rava's house?!). Whether Tom is aware that Shiv has figured it out (or if Kendall and Roman are), but it is clear how Tom came to this duplicitous decision is unknown. It wasn't until the final episode of the season that he made Logan an offer he couldn't refuse: he would serve time in prison on the company's behalf. After a while, Tom realized Shiv was unconcerned about Tom's job security at Waystar and he stopped romanticizing Shiv and their relationship. Even so, Tom is devoted to his true co-conspirator, Greg (Nicholas Braun). After convincing Greg to join him in his plan, Tom promises him an outcome that surpasses his wildest dreams. When Greg was in Italy, he was preoccupied with the prospect of meeting a Contessa from Luxembourg.

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Final Words

That's all we have for you guys. Succession is renewed for the fourth season, so look forward to it. Stay tuned for more of our coverage on your favorite movies and shows! Thank you for reading!