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Succession: Why We Should Have Seen That Finale Twist Coming

by Ace Damon
Succession: Why We Should Have Seen That Finale Twist Coming

In the final, Naomi Pierce offers him one more chance to leave. But Kendall refuses, citing his father's love for him. Eventually, Kendall got stuck in the jail that Logan made him doomed to be a doormat forever or, more tragically, it turns out to be an imitation of his father.

To get completely into Kendall's mindset at the end, it is helpful to look at the inspiration for the episode title. "This Is Not For Tears" comes from John Berryman's poem "Dream Song 29". You can to see the poet himself presents the full text here, or reads it below:

Once sat a thing in Henry's heart
so heavy if he was a hundred years old
and more, and crying, sleepless, all the time
Henry could not do good.
Always always starts in Henry's ears
the little cough somewhere, an odor, a chime.

And there is something else he has in mind
as a serious sienese faces a thousand years
would fail to blur the still profiled censorship of. Ghastly,
eyes open, he watches, blind.
All the bells say too late. This is not for tears;
thinking.

But never Henry, as he thought,
finish someone off and cut off his body
and hide the pieces where they can be found.
He knows: he has passed over everyone and no one is missing.
Often he calculates upwards at dawn.
No one is missing.

In the preface to the Dream Songs poetry collection, Berryman wrote that these poems were “essentially about an imaginary character (not the poet, not me) named Henry, a white American in early middle age. . .who has suffered an irreversible loss and speaks about himself sometimes in the first person, sometimes in the third, sometimes even in the second. "

The phrase that gives us the title of the episode focuses specifically on mourning and is intended to echo William Wordsworth's "Immortality Ode," which ends: "Thoughts that are usually too deep for tears." For Berryman, the subject of his poem – then the figure of Kendall – is suffering from guilt and suffering beyond self-pity. The last part of the poem sees the narrator making sure that he has not really killed anyone – that "no one is missing." Or, as Logan said in this episode to Kendall: "No real people involved." I enjoy it. Poem means that Kendall completely absorbed his father's words and forced himself to go beyond the guilty stage, because in the end, the suffering did not take him anywhere. No real people involved.

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