Logan Roy’s death shocked Succession fans, and Brian Cox too (Picture: Invision)
Succession star Brian Cox believes his utterly ruthless character Logan Roy was written out way too soon.
The HBO drama, created by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong, has followed Shiv (Sarah Snook), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) struggle to wrestle the power from their father Logan (Brian) and take over his media empire.
The final season has been jam-packed with bombshells including Logan’s unexpected death.
Although the 76-year-old believes his narcissistic character got what he deserved, he couldn’t help but see his exit as a form of dismassal.
‘I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected,’ he said during BBC Two’s Amol Rajan Interviews.
‘You know, I felt a little bit, “Oh, all the work I’ve done and finally I’m going to, you know, end up as an ear on a carpet of a plane.”‘
Logan died in episode 3 of the final season shocking fans (Picture: Home Box Office)
Succession’s final episode will be the same length as a feature (Picture: AP)
Brian recently delved into the tough scenes teasing that this won’t actually be the last we’ve seen of the Roy patriarch.
When asked if there was any ‘goodbye’ moment with the cast after it had been filmed, he replied: ‘I do pop back and I have a couple scenes later on, which is flashback stuff. But I didn’t really see the cast very much. I suppose the last big thing we did together was a retake of the karaoke. There, Logan really says, to me, the truest line in the show: “I love you, but you’re not serious people.”
Once I’m gone, I’m gone. It was hard to keep a secret all that time. It was a long time. When did I die? God, I think it was last July.
‘From one sense, it is [a relief]. I’m very proud of myself because I’ve never been able to keep secrets and this is one secret I actually did rather well on.’
Brian learnt that his character would die just before season four started, with creator Jesse revealing that the third episode would be his last.
Lifting the lid on the moment Logan died and how filming went down, he explained that it was a ‘careful’ time on set.
‘We had to be very careful about giving away the game. I came in three episodes later [than when the rest of the episode was filmed] to do the death thing, and I didn’t do anything. I just lay there and had the phone by my ear,’ he added to Vulture.
‘That’s why I think there was a very strong contention and very strong reason to think that maybe he’s not dead at all. Maybe it’s all a ruse! If you think about it, the last image is a body bag. Anybody could be in that body bag … There’s a possibility.’
Succession airs on HBO Max on Sundays in the US, and is available to stream on NOW in the UK.
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Logan Roy died in episode 3.