'Succession' Season 3 Episode 1 Recap: Logan Scrambles for Control As Kendall Goes to War

Season 2 of Succession ended with Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) making the bombshell revelation to the press that his father Logan (Brian Cox) was fully aware of sexual assault allegations and subsequent cover-ups made by his company Waystar Royco cruise division.

The cliffhanger finale threw everything up in the air, and the only thing clear was Kendall's intention to go to war against the Roy family patriarch instead of taking the fall and going to prison.

And season 3 starts right where season 2 left off, with Logan quietly impressed with his son's actions and Kendall in shock over finally having the guts to take him down in a meaningful way.

Following his initial reaction to his son's defiance, Logan then tries to figure out how he can fight Kendall while also keeping control of his media empire.

Scrambling for control

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Brian Cox as Logan Roy in "Succession" Season 3 Episode 1. HBO

Logan calls Kendall to solve things between them, suggesting he made a "good play" but now he should step back and rescind his earlier accusations in the press about his knowledge of the cruise scandal.

Kendall, who refuses to speak directly to him, doesn't back down and his father warns him he's going to "grind his bones to make his bread" if he continues down this path.

Logan starts to suspect everyone around him, including his children Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck), and perhaps he should be concerned as the first two start to wonder whether their father is "toast."

On the outside, though, they remain loyal to his cause and assure Logan they're on his side, with Roman even suggesting he publicly destroy Kendall to solve the problem.

Logan takes Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Frank (Peter Friedman) and Karl (David Rasche) to Sarajevo, where the US have no extradition treaty, to regroup, and Shiv, Roman and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) return to New York City to do damage control.

Going to war

On the other side of the battlefield Kendall starts to rally staff members and lawyers to work with him against his father, calling up everyone on Team Logan to persuade them to come to his side.

Frank appears interested while Shiv ignores him, but the potential for one or more of Team Logan to switch sides seems like a distinct possibility.

Logan decides he'll step down as CEO and questions who should be his successor (the all-important question), and he eventually lands on Gerri after Roman and Shiv failed to persuade him of their capabilities as leader.

With Gerri in charge Roman hopes this means he can be second-in-command, and Shiv goes AWOL on them.

The episode ends with Kendall revealing to Frank, and by proximity his father, that he's hired lawyer Lisa Arthur to take Logan down, and the patriarch declares they're going to go "full f***ing beast on him" in response.

Succession season 3 continues on HBO and HBO Max at 9 P.M. ET on Sunday, October 24.