HBO’s Succession Season 3 Episode 7 Recap: Too Much Birthday

Succession Season 3 Episode 7 focuses on a lavish birthday party and throwing jabs in between. Succession is created by Jesse Armstrong and is an Emmy- award-winning satirical black-comedy drama. The runtime for each episode is about an hour. The cast includes Brian Cox as CEO of Waystar RoyCo Logan Roy, Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, and Sarah Snook as Shiv (aka Siobhan Roy), Alan Ruck as Connor Roy, Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans, Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch and Hiam Abbass as Marcia Roy.

– HBO’s Succession Season 3 Episode 7 review does not contain spoilers –

Succession Season 3 Episode 7: Pity Party

Kendall’s 40th birthday party might just seem like a sequel to Logan’s 50th that we have seen in the previous seasons. However, “The Notorious KEN: Ready to Die” (the name of the party) is less party and filled with more pity. It almost feels like Kendall’s attempt to get back his life on track. On that he has fired the lawyers he could trust and the incriminating expose documents Greg served him with aren’t incriminating enough, Kendall Roy is on the ledge to either go full out crazy to grab that CEO chair (which the Roys are oh-so-well known for doing) or he could just sit back and crib. In this particular episode, he weirdly seems to be doing both.

Meanwhile, Shiv can no longer be called Daddy’s little girl, can she? Given Succession Season 3 has focused on how strained and distant Logan’s relationship has become with his favourite child, we can see Shiv no longer finding allegiance to her father’s side. But again, is it enough to switch to her brother’s side? Well, all we get as an answer is a massive amount of ‘f**k it’ that clearly shows how much time she’d been spending with her father and what she’s actually learnt from him. Yes, you guessed it right! A lot of profanity that one can do without.

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The highlight of this episode might just be Roman, which is a weird thing to say because he is not even the highlight when it comes to ranking the siblings. But, he has someone who managed to earn Logan’s trust enough that he is designated to crack a deal with Lukas Matsson (played by the ‘Big Little Lies’ actor Alexander Skarsgård), much to Shiv’s disapproval.

Succession Season 3 Episode 7 can seem like an unnecessary episode out of the lot, throwing less focus on what is to happen and more on how the Roy siblings have been impacted by what has already happened. However, this episode seems like a strategic move from the creators to keep us in the dark about what could unveil in the upcoming last two episodes. There are no leads and pure reflective themes that govern this episode, starting from the name of the party to Shiv letting herself loose enough to carefreely dance. It puts its focus on the children and almost urges us to decide if Logan can even pick a suitable candidate from his younglings to succeed him.

Succession Season 3 Episode 7: Final Thoughts

Succession Season 3 Episode 7 is lavish and elaborate, with both set designs and costumes as well as feelings and emotions. It gives us no clue about what awaits the Roys in the final two episodes, but it sure provides us with a lot of gags that are funny, gross and offensive.

You can watch Succession Season 3 Episode 7 now on Disney+ Hotstar. To read the reviews of the previous Succession Season 3 episodes, click here.

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