5 best Succession episodes to relive before the Emmys on Monday

Succession is one of the best shows of the past decade and on Monday, the Emmy Awards will be recognizing it one last time.

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3. Season 4, Episode 10: "With Open Eyes"

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Ah, the Succession series finale. What an episode! Truthfully, because I was so invested in this show, I was a bit nervous to see how it'd end. Even some of the best shows have iffy endings, and it's no doubt hard to conclude such a big story like this one. But fortunately, the episode "With Open Eyes" really delivered! It's one of my favorite series finales in recent memory.

Again, this one is written by Armstrong and directed by Mylod.

The episode has a lot to wrap up, and it does so without feeling rushed. Even though they share a super cute moment in the series finale, the siblings are eventually against one another once more, and the question of who will be named the new CEO is finally answered. But sadly for Kendall, it doesn't work out in his favor.

In the end, it's Tom that ends up on top, and it's a whirlwind of emotions to get there. Kendall is absolutely devastated (though this is probably better for him in the long run), Roman is finally free of the company, and Shiv... Shiv stays with Tom despite it all. It's all very sad yet still satisfying in ways I was not expecting.

2. Season 1, Episode 10: "Nobody Is Ever Missing"

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The top two on this list are two of the best episodes of television ever, and I'm not exaggerating. The season 1 finale is so shocking and devastating, and it does a great job of setting the stage for what's to come for Kendall and the rest of the central characters. Taking place on the day of Shiv and Tom's wedding, what's meant to be a happy day is really anything but.

"Nobody Is Ever Missing" is also written by Armstrong and directed by Mylod.

Not only do Kendall and Stewy deliver their takeover bid for the company in this episode, but Shiv also reveals to Tom that she wants an open relationship. Some of the funnier moments of the episode include Roman messing up the rocket launch and Connor announcing his run for president.

But of course, the most memorable part of "Nobody Is Ever Missing" is when Kendall gets into a car accident while going to buy drugs with one of the wedding waiters, which leaves the waiter dead. Logan finds out about it and blackmails his son, promising to cover up what happened if Kendall backs out of his plan. It's truly chilling.

1. Season 4, Episode 3: "Connor’s Wedding"

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And now, the best episode of Succession. Are you surprised? The third episode of the final season totally changed the game for this show, and honestly, it's changed the game for TV. This will definitely inspire TV writers and directors for years and years to come. "Connor's Wedding," as the title indicates, takes place during Connor's wedding to Willa, but it's much, much more than that.

And, at this point unsurprisingly, the episode is written by Armstrong and directed by Mylod.

While most of the family is on a yacht to celebrate Connor and Willa's big day, Logan is on a plane with Tom and other members of management on the way to meet with Matsson. Suddenly, Roman gets a call and finds out his dad might be dying. According to Tom, Logan is being given CPR and it doesn't look good. One by one, the siblings are informed of the situation and have to attempt to say their goodbyes to their dad over the phone.

The realization that Logan has died hits each of the siblings very differently. While they're mostly in denial, Connor is quick to tell his brothers and sister that their dad never liked him.

It's an incredibly written, directed, and acted episode that is truly unforgettable.

You can watch all four seasons of Succession right now on Max, and while you won't be able to binge it all before the Emmys on Monday, you can at least relive these five incredible episodes and remember why this show is so successful! It's so great.

The Emmy Awards will air live on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. ET only on Fox. It'll stream the next day on Hulu.

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