‘Succession’ Review: Episode 6 Paints a Scary Future, While Sins of the Past Prey on Two Patsies

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Succession” Season 3, Episode 6, “What It Takes.”]It’s time to talk about Tom.Over the past few seasons, one of “Succession’s” most curious early characters has seen the zeal zapped from his eyes.

Remember his wedding night? When he finds out Shiv (Sarah Snook) slept with her sleazeball coworker Nate (Ashley Zukerman)? Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) is so charged up — high on the big night’s romantic vibes, his newly minted family spirit, and the recent knowledge that his seconds-old spouse prefers an open marriage — that he gets into Nate’s face and threatens to “pay men to break your legs,” claiming that “if I go to jail, which I won’t, so be it.”Safe to say, that man no longer exists.

Now, he’s the company Christmas Tree — a walking-and-talking, yet uprooted-and-dying, gaggle of branches set aside for any at-risk employee who needs to unload their “baubles of corporate wrongdoing.

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