'Succession' Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: Kendall Tries To Get Out From Under Logan's Thumb

Succession has always managed to turn the tables when viewers least expect it, and this is certainly true of Season 3's eighth episode "Chiantishire".

From Kendall (Jeremy Strong) to Roman (Kieran Culkin), the Roy siblings made decisions that will likely dire consequences on their future. Even sweet, innocent Greg (Nicholas Braun) showed a darker side in this episode.

Kendall, Roman, and Shiv's (Sarah Snook) mother Caroline Colingwood (Harriet Walter) is getting re-married and the whole family is invited, even ex-husband Logan (Brian Cox).

While it seems like a resplendent affair on the outside, the pre-wedding celebration quickly becomes a battleground for the Roy family.

The Roy siblings are concerned for their mother

Caroline is blissfully happy with her new beau Peter, who is the polar opposite to Logan in almost every sense including as a businessman.

His failed business ventures are something of a concern to the Roy siblings, mainly because it could mean they lose their inheritance.

Roman asks Shiv if she will help him persuade their mother to get a prenup to protect their interests, but she seems unconcerned with anything outside of her inner circle.

Even so, Roman decides to go ahead with his plan but it doesn't go as he hoped, given his mother is more interested in romance than keeping her assets. As she puts it, she can't "live off macaroni and memorial services" for the rest of her life.

Later on in the evening, Shiv and her mother have a heart-to-heart over the same topic, except it's more vicious than that, and the way Shiv trades barbs over their relationship really shows the youngest Roy's true cruelty.

There must be something in the water at this wedding because even Greg embraced his dark side by suddenly turning his attention to another woman when Comfry (Dasha Nekrasova) starts to give him attention, finally.

Other notable moments include Connor's (Alan Ruck) botched proposal to Willa (Justine Lupe), and Shiv admitting to Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) she doesn't love him but that they should have children (albeit in ten years time and by freezing her eggs and his sperm).

Kendall wants to get out from under Logan's thumb

Despite making a big powerplay against Logan at the end of Season 2, Kendall has struggled to maintain momentum in the face of his father's indomitability.

Following his breakdown in Episode 7, "Too Much Birthday", Kendall has since become even more subdued and withdrawn.

Kendall approaches his father at his mother's party, despite her trying to keep them apart, to offer a peace treaty masked as a meal.

Despite initially ignoring him, Logan does meet with Kendall and it's easily one of the best scenes in the whole season thanks to Cox and Strong's incredible performances.

Logan and Kendall's back-and-forth may seem civilised but there is an air of menace under the surface, especially given the pair play twisted mind games with each other when the former hints the latter has poisoned his food.

When Kendall switches their plates, a power move on his part, Logan gets one over on him by having Kendall's son taste test the meal, showing he really has no concern for anyone or anything other than keeping his throne.

Eventually Kendall gets to the point, he wants to be paid off so he can get out of the company, but his belief that he is a "good guy" prompts Logan to bring up the death he was responsible for in Season 1.

Even though Kendall taking the money would be a win on Logan's part he can't ever let his kids succeed so he simply refuses.

Lukas Matsson tries his luck (and gets lucky)

After Roman managed to get Lukas Mattson (Alexander Skårsgard) on team Roy, he starts to play up via ill-intentioned tweets that force Roman to make a quick trip to Lake Como to hash things out.

Mattson wants more than what Roman initially offered, because he desires an equal hold of the company so he has "the best of everything".

Logan decides, surprisingly, that he is interested in sharing the pie, but it all goes wrong when Roman does something he shouldn't.

Roman makes a mistake he may not come back from

It's no secret that Roman is into Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron), and unfortunately for him it comes to a head this episode.

Roman has been sending unsolicited pictures of his genitals to Gerri, and though she asked him to stop he continues to do so and tells her "don't open Pandora's Box, it's just more d***s in there."

Unfortunately for him, he does the classic wrong move by sending the explicit image to the wrong person: his father.

Logan loses it over the image and tears his son down for his "disgusting" interest in Gerri, and it culminates in her firing from the position of interim CEO while Roman is in his dad's bad books for the foreseeable future, perhaps forever.

Succession Season 3 ends on Sunday, December 12 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong as Logan and Kendall Roy in "Succession" Season 3 Episode 8. Graeme Hunter/HBO

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