The third season of HBO’s Succession arrived with a handful of weighty expectations. With much more attention placed upon it than in previous installments, the Jesse Armstrong-created show fully established itself as the show of the moment, captivating the Internet in a manner typically reserved for Game of Thrones. Despite claims the series lost its fastball, the last stretch of the season absolutely delivered, cementing its status as the best show of the year.
With the (Italian) sun having set on the show’s finale, “All the Bells Say,” we’re taking a look back at the episodes of Season 3 and pitting them against one another, Boar on the Floor style, to determine the winner. After all, a bit of healthy competition is certainly in the spirit of the show’s corporate jockeying, backstabbing, and various highs and lows. Here’s our look at the best of Succession Season 3, ranked from best (there’s no such thing as a bad episode of this show) to most best.
[Ed note: This post contains mad Succession Season 3 spoilers. Proceed with caution.]
10. “Mass in Time of War” (Season 3, Episode 2)
9. “The Disruption” (Season 3, Episode 3)
8. “Lion in the Meadow” (Season 3, Episode 4)
7. “Secession” (Season 3 Episode 1)
6. “What It Takes” (Season 3, Episode 6)
5. “Retired Janitors of Idaho” (Season 3, Episode 5)
4. “Too Much Birthday” (Season 3, Episode 7)
The One Where: Kendall Has a Birthday Party; Roy Family Dynamics Hit a New Low
In a season wherein issues—presumably both narrative and COVID-related—kept the cast apart from one another, it’s refreshing to have all the Roys under one roof for an extended period in “Too Much Birthday,” as we’re finally treated to some real emotional fireworks. Helmed by Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, Kendall’s 40th birthday party is a tribute to Roy excess that spirals out of control when his siblings show up with hidden agendas in mind. The worst offender is Roman, whose rapid ascendancy causes him to embrace his father’s worst tendencies. Sure, he may be headed towards a professional high here, but Roman’s morality is at an all-time low.