Succession Season 3 Episode 4: Adrien Brody debuts as key investor as battle between Roys progress


The fourth episode of HBO’s smash-hit Succession aired Sunday, introducing a new character into the fold portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.

Last week’s episode forwarded the ongoing tumult swirling around the Waystar Royco media conglomerate.

At the end of the episode, the company’s New York headquarters were raided by FBI agents in the wake of Kendall Roy’s (Jeremy Strong) revelation his father Logan Roy (Brian Cox) had knowledge of massive cover-ups of murders, sexual assaults and other crimes within the company’s cruise division. 

The latest: The fourth episode of HBO's smash hit Succession aired Sunday, introducing a new character into the fold portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, an investor who meets with Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) about the future of Waystar

Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) continues to fight for power of the organization in the episode

The latest: The fourth episode of HBO’s smash hit Succession aired Sunday, introducing a new character into the fold portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, an investor who meets with Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) about the future of Waystar 

Sunday’s episode opens with Kendall joined by Greg (Nicholas Braun) watching the raid on the company. Logan texts Greg to meet with him right away, but is encouraged by Kendall to attend as long as he remains loyal to him.

‘I’m a sturdy birdy,’ Greg reassures Kendall.

Kendall calls into a group call with Waystar brass on the line.

‘It’s like the Sgt. Pepper of broken corporate America,’ Kendall said.

Brody's character Josh Aaronson has been described by the show as 'a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar'

Brody’s character Josh Aaronson has been described by the show as ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar’

He is seen discussing business with Kendall Roy in a pivotal scene in the episode

He is seen discussing business with Kendall Roy in a pivotal scene in the episode 

Execs Karl Muller (David Rasche) and Frank and Frank Vernon (Peter Friedman) inform Kendall that Aaronson, who owns a stake of the company, wants to meet with the Roys to solidify his stance.

Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Logan are seen strategizing over how to get leverage over the situation.

Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) are seen strategizing over issues, when Roman informs Gerri he was able to locate a homeless man who Kendall manipulated into tattooing his initials on his forehead.

Greg meets with Logan, who grills him on his relationship with Kendall and tries to recruit him to use his legal team.

Logan tells Greg he has a little leverage and wants to know what he wants to switch sides.

In charge: Logan Roy is seen with security specialist Colin (Scott Nicholson) in this frame from the show

In charge: Logan Roy is seen with security specialist Colin (Scott Nicholson) in this frame from the show 

Kendall and Frank (with Logan observing) have a discussion on the phone about Aaronson about meeting with him on an island to chat things over, and have a face-to-face meeting with Logan beforehand.

Kendall and Logan are seen departing to meet Aaronson on aircrafts out of New York amid heightened family tensions.

Shiv and husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) have a tense conversation about turning the heat up on the president, as Tom is stressed about a potential prison sentence amid the scandal.

A tentative Tom says he will follow Shiv’s orders to have the network’s anchors bash the president after some initial resistance.

Shiv meets with Connor, who maps out a strategy about rehashing his presidential campaign. Shiv offers him a cooking network instead but Connor pushes back, reminding her of the damning information he has about Logan’s history of nastiness and racism.

Kendall and Aaronson meet at his island home where Aaronson tries to suss out where his best business interests lie.

Kendall tells Aaronson that he likes him and invites him to his upcoming 40th birthday party. Logan arrives and he and Kendall embrace.

Greg meets with Logan, who grills him on his relationship with Kendall and tries to recruit him to use his legal team

Greg meets with Logan, who grills him on his relationship with Kendall and tries to recruit him to use his legal team 

Kendall and Logan meet with Aaronson at his island home, where Aaronson tries to suss out where his best business interests lie

Kendall and Logan meet with Aaronson at his island home, where Aaronson tries to suss out where his best business interests lie 

Logan looks to solidify his side with the billionaire investor

Logan looks to solidify his side with the billionaire investor 

Shiv offers Connor a cooking network instead but he pushes back, reminding her of the damning information he has about Logan's history of nastiness and racism

Shiv offers Connor a cooking network instead but he pushes back, reminding her of the damning information he has about Logan’s history of nastiness and racism 

Roman and Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens) meet with the homeless man who Kendall had his initials tattooed on his head. After they have been removed, Roman offers the man $1 million for pictures of the tattoo.

Aaronson walks with Kendall and Logan and talk about his concerns about Waystar Royco, asking Kendall to backtrack on his previous condemnations of the company culture, but Kendall aggressively asserts himself and stands his ground.

Tom meets with Greg in his office, and tells Greg he can probably ask for whatever he wants for his loyalty. Greg says he wants to become a player in the amusement park division. Tom begins punching at Greg amid his worried state.

Shiv consults with Frank and Karl about the ongoing business affairs with Stewy Hosseini (Arian Moayed) and Sandy Furness (Larry Pine).

Aaronson asks Kendall what he has on Logan, to which a hesitant Kendall says Logan is ‘implicated’ in the scandal.

Peter Friedman plays the role of beleaguered executive Frank Vernon on the HBO series

Peter Friedman plays the role of beleaguered executive Frank Vernon on the HBO series

Logan looks to tighten his grip on his massive media organization amid problems with his son Kendall and authorities in the show's third season

Logan looks to tighten his grip on his massive media organization amid problems with his son Kendall and authorities in the show’s third season 

Brody’s character Josh Aaronson has been described by the show as ‘a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar’ amid the family feud between Kendall and Logan.

Brody is one of a number of notable names who have joined the cast for the show’s third season. Also coming aboard include Alexander Skarsgard, who plays a tech CEO named Lukas Matsson, and Hope Davis as Sandi Furness, who is the daughter of Sandy Furness (Larry Pine), the media mogul who is at odds with Logan and a major shareholder in the company. 

The Emmy-winning show has continued to be a hit with critics and fans, dominating the pop culture press with its ensemble cast and scintillating storylines.

Kieran Culkin, who portrays Roman Roy on the series, hosted Saturday Night Live this week, nearly 30 years after appearing on the NBC comedy series with his brother, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin. 

Alan Ruck, who portrays the eldest Roy sibling Connor, chat on Sunday with Collider about filming the show’s third season amid COVID-19 protocols, and how he enjoys ‘discovering the story’ laid out by the series creator Jesse Armstrong and the writing team. 

‘I just think we were all so preoccupied with COVID and were like, “What the hell is going on?,” that I didn’t think about it as much as I might’ve, in between a regular season, but I was really thrilled to get back doing it,’ Ruck said. ‘The material that we’re given is so beautiful, it’s actually very easy to play because it’s so specific, which is nice.

‘It was a little weird with all of the COVID protocols that we had, like masks and shields and everybody wearing their PPE, but other than that, it was just like old times.’

Succession continues with the fifth episode in the nine-episode season, titled Retired Janitors of Idaho, on Sunday, November 14 at 9 PM ET on HBO.

Waystar exec Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) has been under massive pressure in the wake of the family scandal

Waystar exec Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron) has been under massive pressure in the wake of the family scandal 

Logan is seen chatting with daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) in this scene from the show

Logan is seen chatting with daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) in this scene from the show 

Kendall appears to be dismayed with the New York City skyline in the background

Kendall appears to be dismayed with the New York City skyline in the background 

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