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Her father has no moral compass. Her brothers are, respectively, an addict, a slimeball, and a nincompoop. I got Tom Wambsgans. When Shiv learns from her old boss, Sen. Gil Eavis, that Kira will be called as a witness, Logan and Kendall immediately decide that Kira has to be stopped. Against her better judgment, Rhea decides to handle it with Shiv. When they arrive at the playground, Rhea changes her mind about meeting Kira. So, yeah, I do have to.
She gets it. But the move that ultimately proves to be most effective is brutal honesty. People will call her a slut. Her assault will be the first line of her obituary, Shiv says in frank but chilling words, and it will be the last. Of course, testifying before Congress about her experience would, ideally, put another dent in a misogynistic machine that needs to be broken. There are very strong shades of Dr.
The difference is that a friend would genuinely be trying to protect her. Shiv is not. Succession is a dark show, obviously. There is zero comedy in it, not even a wry remark to put a button on the scene. There is one tiny instant when Shiv seems like she might feel a sliver of remorse for what she did to Kira. The camera holds on her face for a moment after Logan walks away. She is smiling, but then her face straightens up for a moment. The smile fades and she appears to be contemplating something, but — snap!
Shiv did what she needed to do. She made her daddy proud. I wonder, though, if she should be worried? I swore that in the distant background I could see other women watching Shiv talk to Kira, and that one of them was holding a camera as though she were filming the conversation.
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