Actor Brian Cox thinks “Succession” killed off Logan Roy “too early” in its final season.
The star praised the character’s ending, calling it “a brilliant scene.”
Cox admitted he felt “a little rejected” when he first read the script.
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“Succession” season four pulled the rug out from under the audience when Waystar Royco head Logan Roy (Brian Cox) suddenly died in episode three while flying to Norway, leaving the Roy siblings in a complicated sea of grief — and potential business opportunities. But they weren’t the only ones who struggled with the Roy patriarch’s death, as Brian Cox recalled to the BBC in an interview Wednesday what it was like finding out that creator and executive producer Jesse Armstrong was going to kill Logan off.”Armstrong decided to make Logan die, I think ultimately too early,” said Cox.”I mean, he’d made him die in the third episode. And it was a great scene. That’s why I didn’t watch it, because I have no interest in watching. My own death will come soon enough. But I just thought, ‘Wow,’ you know, he did it brilliantly. It was a brilliant scene, the whole act.”
When asked if he tried to delay Logan’s inevitable demise, Cox said: “There’s no point going down that road, especially with somebody like Jesse, because he’s already made a plan.”
Matthew Macfadyen and Brian Cox on season four of “Succession.”
The “Manhunter,” “Bourne Identity,” and “Zodiac” star also admitted that he felt “rejected” by his character’s sudden demise so close to the end of the series.”I looked on it, wrongly, as a form of rejection,” said Cox. “I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected. I felt a little bit, ‘Oh, all the work I’ve done. And finally, I’m going to end up as a New Yorker on a carpet of a plane.'”Cox said that some fans have also told him that they don’t want to watch “Succession” anymore because of his character’s death, which he believes is missing the point of the show.
“They said, ‘No, I’m not going to watch anymore. You’ve gone, I’m not watching.’ Which I think is unfortunate and unnecessary because the show is about the succession,” said the actor. “So you need to see what’s happening in the wake of his demise. But, you know, I’m not the writer.”The final episode of “Succession” airs Sunday on HBO.