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Succession (Season 4, Episode 9)


"Succession" is a comedy-drama television series created by Jesse Armstrong. The series centers on the Roy family, the owners of global media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, and their fight for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family's patriarch.

Among the cast are Brian Cox as patriarch Logan Roy, Jeremy Strong as Kendall, Kieran Culkin as Roman, and Sarah Snook as Siobhan ("Shiv"), Logan's children employed by the company. Matthew Macfadyen stars as Tom Wambsgans, Shiv's husband and Waystar executive; Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch, Logan's grandnephew also employed by the company; Alan Ruck as Connor, Logan's eldest child; and Hiam Abbass as Marcia Roy, Logan's third and current wife. Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, and Rob Yang also star, while Dagmara Domińczyk, Arian Moayed, J. Smith-Cameron, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, and Alexander Skarsgård featured in recurring roles before being promoted to the main cast.

"Succession" received widespread critical acclaim across all 4 seasons for its writing, acting, musical score, directing, production values, and examination of its subject matter, with several critics labelling it as one of the best television series of all time. The series has received several awards and nominations, including 2 wins for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020 and 2022.

Both Cox and Strong received the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and Snook the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, with Strong and Macfadyen receiving Primetime Emmy Awards for their performances – in addition to Armstrong's 3 wins for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Shefik appears as a Protest Attendee in Season 4, Episode 9 of "Succession". The episode, titled "Church and State", is the 9th and penultimate episode of the 4th season. It was written by series creator Jesse Armstrong and directed by Mark Mylod, and aired on May 21, 2023 on HBO, later streaming on HBO Max. Warner Bros. Discovery went on with a revamp of HBO Max on May 23, 2023, shortening the service's name to Max.

The episode covers the funeral of Logan Roy — taking place amidst protests against the election of Jeryd Mencken — where Kendall and Shiv attempt to secure their positions while Roman struggles with grief for his father.

In the episode, as the family girds themselves for an emotional funeral, Kendall finds himself at odds with Rava and inopportune news from Jess. Later, Shiv tries to reposition herself within a new political landscape, as Kendall rallies supporters to his side.


- Director: Mark Mylod
- Protest Attendee: Shefik

Last Updated: June 16, 2023

About Shefik

Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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