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

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    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

    Kendall has sought to end his father's career at the helm of the company in the show's third season

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    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.

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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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