Review: Succession, "Honeymoon States" | Season 4, Episode 4
A week after delivering an all-timer, the show one-ups itself with something you could legitimately call a "bottle episode."
In “Honeymoon States,” Roman Roy attributes the outwardly cool demeanor he’s brought to his father’s wake to “pre-grieving.” This is probably bullshit, and Kendall and Siobhan are right to be skeptical of it, but it is something that happens to people with a family member who has a terminal illness: They brace for the loss, forecast what life will be like after their loved one passes, maybe try to make amends. The recognized term is “anticipatory grief,” which is another sign that maybe Roman doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.
Even if it’s a cover for how he’s really feeling, it fits with the vibe of “Honeymoon States.” Everything that came before this was “pre-grieving,” all practices and scrimmages for the day that Logan was well and truly gone. Now that he is, anyone who doesn’t have their playbook memorized runs the risk of getting plowed over by everyone else who does. Watch the way Frank, Karl, and Geri spring into action, or Tom’s four-act “Here to ser…