'Succession' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: The Roy Family Step Into the Presidential Race

The Roy family already has a lot of power, but episode 6 of Succession's third season saw them try and influence more than just the media.

"Going For What It Takes" certainly lived up to its title as Logan (Brian Cox) worked toward picking who will be the next president of the U.S.

But before that drama, the episode opened with Kendall (Jeremy Strong) preparing for his first meeting with the FBI, who want to discuss his case and knowledge of the cruise scandal in more detail.

Logan has lumbered investigative team with almost a billion pages of documents to file through, a tactic that'll no doubt keep them busy and off his back long enough to change the tide when the public forget all about the case.

Kendall, frustrated by all this, says he wants to be granted immunity, get a task force at Waystar Royco and to ax his dad from the company altogether. What he wants may not be what he ends up getting, though.

Picking the next President

On Logan's team, Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), Connor (Alan Ruck), Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Greg (Nicholas Braun) attend a conference with all the potential political candidates who could replace the current president.

Despite protocol dictating that the candidate is decided officially at a convention, Logan claims it's at this covert event that the real decision is made.

Several candidates make themselves known to the Roy family: there's current Vice President Dave Boyer (Reed Birney), Shiv's pick Rick Salgado (Yul Vazquez), Roman's choice Jeryd Mencken (Justin Kirk), and surprisingly—or perhaps unsurprisingly— Connor.

They debate the options thoroughly, with Boyer being deemed the safest option but also the most boring, while Shiv warns Mencken is dangerous for his outrageous political views, and for a second there Logan seemed invested in the idea of Connor getting the job.

In a strange turn of events, each potential candidate meets with Logan in private to essentially interview for the position, and each of them brings their own offers on how their position will best bolster the patriarch's position.

Ultimately Roman seems to win out with his politically dubious choice Mencken, namely because he says what he thinks but also—it seems—because he gives Logan the coke he requested.

Tom has a crisis of faith

Tom put himself up for slaughter earlier in the season, suggesting he could be the one to take the fall and go to prison over the cruise scandal, but the decision has weighed heavily on his mind ever since.

Shiv refuses to talk about it with him because apparently it's a tired subject (unfair), and when Greg starts to worry about his position now Kendall has threatened to "burn him" he asks Tom to take the fall for his own crimes too.

Given the terrible cards he's been dealt, Tom understandably spends a lot of the episode contemplating how life will be different in prison and trying to eat as much nice food as he can before he's sent away.

Kendall tries to offer him some hope, asking Tom to join his side and testify for his case in exchange for immunity and no prison sentence.

Tom says he'll think on it, but tells Kendall that he's "seen him get f***ed before," whereas Logan has never been in that position—so maybe he'll be better off staying on that side of the Roy family war.

Wedding bells

Another key reveal in the episode is that Kendall, Roman and Shiv's mother Lady Caroline Collingwood (Harriet Walter) is getting remarried.

Roman found out the news through Mencken and he tells Shiv. They both inform Kendall after calling him up to find out if he knew all along.

The youngest of Logan's sons eventually tells his father the news, and says they're all invited to the wedding despite being told by a third party about the ceremony in the first place.

Perhaps another grand Roy family wedding is about to take place this season, let's hope it's as dramatic as Shiv's ended up being in season 1.

Succession airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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Brian Cox as Logan Roy and Alan Ruck as Connor Roy in "Succession" Season 3, Episode 6 Macall B. Polay/HBO

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