Entertainment

The New 'Succession' Opening Credits Are Airing More of Waystar Royco's Dirty Laundry

Let's break down these new details.

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Succession officially returned for its third season last night, and, frankly, didn’t we all get a little collective chill when those clanging first notes of Nicholas Britell’s theme started to play over the opening title? The beauty of the Succession credits is that they are virtually un-skippable unless you truly do not care about the Roys, and, if so, who are you? Britell’s music is infectious and creator Jesse Armstrong has packed little jokes and winks into the visuals, mashing up home video-style footage of the Roy kids with glances at whatever ATN is up to in the present day. 

Now, creator Jesse Armstrong has been adamant that there are no clues as to what’s to come buried within the minute and half-long sequence, but they remain very cheeky and reveal a lot about the terrible things that happen at the Roy family media conglomerate, Roystar Wayco. Let’s dig into them.

Cousin Greg gets first billing 

OK, so as great as Nicholas Braun is as Cousin Greg, this does not mean he’s now the unequivocal lead of the series. The billing in Succession has always been in alphabetical order, and now that Hiam Abbass, who plays Logan’s wife Marcia, is no longer a series regular, it means that Braun goes first. Good job, Greg. You deserve this small win. 

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Waystar is going Hollywood

This year we get a glimpse at a sector of the Waystar enterprise we haven’t seen before: their entertainment division. Yes, it’s a shot of the Waystar Studios in what looks to be Hollywood. (I can tell because of the palm trees.) I’m desperate to know what kind of movies and TV shows are on Waystar’s slate. Is it like a Fox situation where that branch of the company is significantly more liberal than the cable channel? What superhero franchise does Waystar own? 

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The ATN Lady is at it again 

This ATN host always has some nonsense to spew. Last season she was saying “gender fluid illegals may be entering the country twice,” and this time she has some story about a dude facing “chemical castration” after smiling at a woman by a photocopier. She is the worst! I hate her! 

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There’s even more ATN nastiness

Look! Another shot of the ATN chyrons. I’m desperate to know what the rest of the surely horribly classist quote from the “Hollywood boss” is. Also, apparently Waystar’s parks are expanding. Surely, there’s a mascot role for Greg in there. 

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This is Baby Roman, right? 

It just makes sense that our favorite slime puppy would be puffing on a whole ass cigar as a child who also wears a gaudy gold ring. Slime puppies are going to slime puppy. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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