‘Succession’ and the Deconstruction of Fake Feminism

In the final episode of Succession’s first season, Siobhan (Sarah Snook) turns to her ex-boyfriend, narrows her eyes and hisses “I’m Shiv fuckin’ Roy.” It is a triumphant victory cry, a menacing threat and maybe even an insult. It elicited gasps and celebratory ‘ooooh’s, like Shiv was a comedian who had quieted a heckler with a particularly cutting joke. This line establishes her as someone equal parts terrifying and captivating. She is both a capable businesswoman and a vengeful heiress. The show wants you to be invested in both figures.

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