‘Squid Game’ and ‘Succession’ Tell the Same Story — but Only the Roys’ Saga Is Fantasy

‘Squid Game’ and ‘Succession’ Tell the Same Story — but Only the Roys’ Saga Is Fantasy
The defining moment of “Succession” happened during the Season 2 finale, “This Is Not for Tears.” Logan Roy (Brian Cox) tells his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) that he must be a sacrificial lamb in order to protect the family from disgrace. Kendall accepts his fate with mournful solemnity, remarking that he deserves this. He thinks he deserves this after covering up his involvement in a car crash that resulted in the death of a young man the prior year.

Despite the fact that he had only moments before been telling Kendall about his plans to use him as a meat shield in the public forum, Logan is shocked that his son would think such a thing. That boy’s death didn’t mean anything. Kendall shouldn’t punish himself for that business. And then he invokes a phrase previously established as an acronym used to cover up scandals in the Waystar Royco cruise division — Nrpi.
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