Entertainment

Kendall Roy Is More Chaotic Than Ever in the 'Succession' Season 3 Premiere

Our favorite sad boy is masking his inner turmoil with overconfident jerkiness.

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The third season premiere of Succession is a portrait of two men in crisis from the fallout of the Season 2 finale, where Kendall Roy revolted against his father, publicly bringing up allegations of sexual misconduct on the Waystar Royco cruise lines. It opens with Kendall hiding in a bathtub, and his father, Logan Roy, asks his other child Roman, “You want to suck my dick?” as he gets into a car that will take him to a room where he will wait to board a plane to a country with no extradition laws. Once again it’s Logan, played by the great Brian Cox bristling and beasting, versus Jeremy Strong’s Kendall, who is always more fragile than he would like to admit.

This installment, titled “Secession,” is coordinated chaos. The characters are constantly in transit. Logan is absconding to the Balkans where he’ll be safe, for the time being, from legal repercussions. He sends Gerri (J. Smith Cameron), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) to New York while he decides their fate within the company from afar, determining who will serve as interim CEO while he steps aside. (It’s Gerri, much to the dismay of Shiv, who left her career in lefty politics to pursue her father’s affections last season.)

Meanwhile, Kendall is plotting his next move from a company car, which he may or may not be entitled to, with his trusty assistant Jess (Juliana Canfield) and Cousin Greg the Egg (Nicholas Braun), the only member of the immediate family stupid enough to join him immediately. As the van moves through New York on the way to Kendall’s ex-wife’s apartment, the only place he’s safe to go, Greg says, “This is like OJ, if OJ never killed anyone.” Kendall, smiling, replies: “Who says I never killed anyone?”

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Think back to the Season 1 finale where Kendall did kill someone, the waiter at his sister’s wedding who he got high with and then drove into a body of water. This is the kind of energy that Kendall is bringing to his mutiny, a slightly unhinged desire to play with fire. Kendall is bolder than he’s ever been before, but he also seems more erratic and destined for a big fall-even though it’s hard to imagine how he could sink even lower than we’ve seen him.

He’s in full douchebag mode. When he meets with his new PR team (played by singer Jihae and Red Scare podcast host Dasha Nekrasova), he talks over them, announcing how he wants to get “the Bojack guys” and kids from the Harvard Lampoon to write him “cool tweets.” He approaches media outreach like an alien with only a vague idea of how real people perceive someone like him. Kendall is ostensibly on the side of righteousness here, having dumped a dirty Waystar Royco dirty secret out into the public, but he’s just so disgustingly confident that it’s impossible to see anything he’s doing as actually noble.

At its heart, Succession has always been about the tragedy of Kendall Roy, a man with a gilded upbringing who can’t help but make the wrong move even when he’s trying to make the right one. If this first hour back seems like table setting-well, it is. It feels almost as if it should have been billed as a two-parter with a “To Be Continued” at the end. But it’s an appropriately jittery episode of television, with Kendall’s unnervingly brash energy coursing through it. This is only just the beginning.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.

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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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