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Legacy Season 4 Episode 9: "Church and State"
When people talk about television or film as a visual medium, they are usually referring to a beautiful image or a striking composition. But did you know what is also an important part of visual storytelling? Simple reaction pictures.
Turning any given "Succession" episode into a radio drama doesn't require much restructuring, since most of the show's "action" is probably in the dialogue. But are we missing those reaction shots? What these actors can do with their faces - and what directors and editors can do with how and where they are - is sublime.
This week, Logan Roy's family and colleagues gathered at his funeral to put aside all grudges and pay tribute to the great man. "Today is today," Kendall insists (a phrase that should be engraved on the family crest of the ever capricious and opportunistic Royce). Throughout the day, the men talked a lot - especially during the service, when one Roy after another got up to say a few words. Again, much of what really happens in the story is in the reaction.
Even before the funeral, the whole atmosphere of the event was destabilized by the post-election unrest in the streets of New York (which Tom described as "a bit of Tiananmen"). Kendall is furious when his ex-wife Lava (Natalie Gold) takes their children out of town for their safety. When he learns that his assistant Jess (Julianna Canfield) plans to quit, he is almost as annoyed that Jared Mencken and ATN have unleashed potentially violent actions. "You don't know how things are going to turn out, and it's naive," Kendall complained.
But when everyone enters the church, the atmosphere softens. The tone was set by Lady Caroline Collingwood (Harriet Walter), mother of sibling Roy, who offered to ask Kerry - who brought lawyers in case anyone tried to stop her from attending the funeral - to sit by her side, Marcia andlegendary sally ann(Caroline calls Sally Ann "my Kerry") These ladies are all in love with a very difficult man; Kerry sobs as Marcia reaches out to pull him back.
Then the service started, amazingly. Logan's fiery liberal brother Ivan (James Cromwell) defies his grandson Greg's attempts to keep him from the pulpit. Ewan begins by sharing some touching stories about Logan: of how they comforted each other as boys crossing the Atlantic during World War II; Was brought home from the boarding school he hated. With that said, Ivan ends up burning Logan's property, saying that his brother contributed to "a certain poverty among men." (Greg, ever dim-witted, said after his grandfather sat down, "You have a tough attitude."
This is where reaction shots really start to become a factor. During Ewan's knockout, we see Roman looking sad. He arrived feeling eerily optimistic and planned to deliver a truly grown-up tribute to his father in front of some of the most important people in America after his election night coup. But Ewan's commanding, authoritative words affected him. Roman never had that kind of spotlight; now his siblings expect him to "tell the other side of Logan Roy's story."
he can not. Roman started with his usual "big, big man" speech, but then froze and begged his family to save him. He breaks down in front of everyone, points to the coffin with his father and whines, "Get him out." Another earth shattering performance from Kieran Culkin. (It's Gerry's face to watch out for during Roman's breakdown. She looks really sad for her former protégé).
So Kendall filled in; since he had extensive experience in putting together sentences that his social peers could understand, he did a good job. He acknowledged the pain his father may have caused, but he also celebrated how Logan made "a bloody, complicated life" happen. "If we can't match his energy, God knows it's going to be dull and dreary," he said, as both Mencken and Lukas Matsson spoke with seemingly grudging admiration at him. Despite the gossip about how Jeremy Strong's on-set nervousness frustrates his actors, scenes like this on screen turn out to be so riveting and real.
Shiv followed with an impromptu eulogy of my own, mostly focusing on how awful Logan would have been when she and her siblings were kids. Like Culkin and Strong, Sarah Snook seized her big moment and played the speech to fit right in the middle of the "It's a funny story about a grumpy old man" story and allegations of abuse. Shiv calls his father "tough on women" - the subsequent shot of Kendall reminding him of his problems with Rava and Jess.
It's funny that Shiv made such harsh comments about Logan's parenting after she said those words to Matsson before the funeral. Recalibrating their strategy for the incoming Mencken presidency, they decided to show that they could handle the neo-fascists. Step 1: Promise that GoJo-Waystar will have an American CEO...like Shiv. But when Matsson mentioned he'd heard rumors about her pregnancy, she concocted a version of motherhood where she "sent emails through her vain c-section" and her child "never got to see her." This is aggressive Logan style.
After the funeral, the battle for Waystar began. Kendall used the momentum of his tribute to allow Hugo to begin leaking to the press about Matsson's shaky position on the Waystar board. ("You'll be my dog, but the leftovers on the dinner table will be in the millions," he tells Hugo about the state of their business relationship. "Wow," Hugo replies.) He also persuades his father's former bodyguard/ Colin the Confessor comes to work for him. He's also becoming more and more Logan-y.
But as it turns out, Shiv's performance is brilliant. When Kendall cornered Mencken at the post-funeral reception, he realized he might have miscalculated, and the presumptive new-elect hinted that ATN might need him more than the other way around. “I thought you were the sound system,” Mencken told Kendall. “Now you have to choose the track?” It doesn't help that Kendall is interrupted by an embarrassing string of family members: first Greg, then Roman (Mencken: “It's the grim cry!”), then Kang agrees.
No wonder Mencken seemed relieved as he chatted with Shiv and Matsson, who looked ... well, cooler. They both encouraged him to think broadly, with Shiv reminding him that Logan was more about "money, wind and gossip" than ideological purity, while Matsson talked about the potential benefits of adapting to "thought leadership" technology (including "funny" )bro. So, going into the "Succession" finale next week, Kendall and Schiff appear to be in the right light in the race to become the new Waystar CEO.
So where is Rome? Still shaken after his funeral disaster. When Kendall enlisted his brother's help in the upcoming chess game with Schiff, he directly accused Roman of screwing everything up. Roman then left the reception and stormed a protest march that took place outside, where he was shouted at and beaten by angry leftists.
It suits him well. When it comes to reactions, Roman would always rather people look at him with anger than pity - or worse, indifference.
Here's another one from "Kendall can't stand to see her family bullied": When Mencken made fun of Roman's crying screams, Kendall immediately stopped the joke.
Here's another brilliant reaction shot: When Kendall talks about how Logan "made up" him and his siblings for the funeral, the editors cut to Lady Caroline looking a little pissed off.(Video) The Shameless Scene That People Think Went Too Far
There wasn't much gut-wrenching comedy this week, though Roy's kids had some good riffs while looking at Logan's grave, a beautiful shrine he bought from an internet pet vendor. . Shiv called the seller "cat food Ozymandias," asked if her father was "in a bidding war with Stalin and Liberace," before suggesting the tomb could be a tax break because "technically it's a residence."
The tomb has enough room for several family members, should any of Logan's children wish to spend eternity with their troubled patriarch. Connor was open that he didn't mind the top bunk. Kendall hesitated, then said, "I had trouble finishing my scotch with him." And Rome? "He made me breathe funny," he said.
Shiv, worried about what little she knows about her father's character - or probably doesn't want to know - asks Frank and Carl, "How bad is dad?" They assure her that he is "a salty dog, but a good egg." and added, "What you see is what you get." So after she left, Carl half-shrugged, looked at Frank, and asked, "Okay?" Frank half-heartedly: "Yes."
Shiv, as the funeral ends and the cemetery prepares his father: 'I'd love to know how he got out of this.'
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Hope finds herself involved in a game of cat and mouse as Lizzie sets out to make things right; Josie has a heart-to-heart with Finch; Alaric, Landon and Ted get a surprising result from their quest.
Finally, Hope's humanity succeeds, killing her emotionless self and taking back control of her body.Why did Sebastian call Lizzie Cassandra? ›
Freudian Slip: In desperation to try to convince Lizzie to stay with him, Sebastian calls her "Cassandra", making her realize that she was always a stand-in for his lost love.Does Hope get her humanity back in episode 9? ›
And, to finish Lizzie's saving the day arc, she returns Hope's essence back to her Tribreed body. But after Aurora escapes, audiences learn that Hope's humanity never turned on, and after Lizzie realizes this, it's too late.Does Lizzie turn into a vampire? ›
Her dad, Alaric (Matthew Davis), is in a coma and currently trapped in the limbo of Purgatory; her sister, Josie (Kaylee Bryant), left the Salvatore School (and the show), and Lizzie herself turned into a vampire during her quest to kill Hope (Danielle Rose Russell).How did Lizzie and Josie survive the merge? ›
Due to the twins being the first in line for the leadership of the coven, they are required to perform the Merge, through which their consciousness and strength would be merged together. The stronger twin survives the spell and is empowered by their magic as well as the magic of their twin.Will Stefanie Salvatore be in Legacies? ›
Played by. This article is about Stefanie Salvatore, the daughter of Damon and Elena. You may be looking for Stefan Salvatore, Stefanie's late paternal uncle and namesake. Stefanie Rose Salvatore is a recurring character on Legacies and a former guest starring character on The Originals.Why can only Lizzie see Sebastian? ›
After MG questions why nobody else can see him, Sebastian reveals that he is currently too weak to reach out to anyone other than those of fragile mind, which explains how he was able to reach out to Lizzie.Did Lizzie love Sebastian? ›
Lizzie's love interest on Legacies is Sebastian, a suave vampire from a different time. He's been desiccating since he was a teenager, making him both older than Lizzie but stalled enough to be somewhat her age. Lizzie is enamored with Sebastian, so much so that he seems to take up most of her narrative.Why is Lizzie a heretic? ›
Lizzie had spent the first half of season 4 preparing to kill Hope because the Tribrid left Alaric fatally injured. But unfortunately, her journey hit an obstacle when Hope killed Lizzie while Lizzie had vampire blood in her system, resulting in her transition to becoming a Heretic.
2 Josie Brought Hope's Humanity Back
Others may have given up, but Josie never did, going as far as bringing out her dark counterpart to face off against No-Humanity Hope even though her dark side had been known to frighten her.
Legacies season 4, episode 9, "I Can't Be the One to Stop You," continued that trend. The midseason hiatus finally solved the problem of the Merge, with Lizzie being killed by Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) but being resurrected as a vampire.Does Klaus appear in Legacies? ›
Perhaps the most noteworthy moment, and the biggest tearjerker, from the finale is the return of Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikaelson.Will Hope become an original vampire? ›
Last I checked, Hope wasn't turned into a original vampire, she was born a witch with vampire blood and a wolf gene, therefore the White Oak with have no specific effect on her. She's not an original, so she's not indestructible, which means anything can kill her i.e. decapitation, heart extraction, fire etc.Why did the sky turn red when Hope turned? ›
The world, itself, reacted to Hope as she took her first sip of human blood with the sky turning red, lightning flashing, and thunder roaring which was believed to be a warning, specifically an omen, from Nature alerting supernaturals that the balance of power in the world has shifted like never before as her Tribrid ...Why Hope killed Lizzie? ›
Lizzie awakened in transition, thereby becoming a vampire/witch hybrid, known as a Heretic. Hope plans to destroy the sarcophagus and starve Lizzie of blood before she can complete her transition, effectively killing her, but Lizzie completes her transition.Who kills Lizzie? ›
Lizzie tells Tyreese and Carol that she has spared Mika's brain so that she will come back as a walker, and asks them – at gunpoint – to leave Mika's body alone. Carol later kills Lizzie after taking her outside to "look at the flowers" to distract and calm her.Who did Lizzie sleep with Legacies? ›
We also had Landon leave the school for New Orleans as Hope sent him to find her friend. And we had it end with Raf and Lizzie having sex.Why was Caroline gone from Legacies? ›
We've been trying to have Caroline Forbes get back into the “Legacies” world for a while now. When the show first started, I just needed some time and wanted time with my family and I needed to kind of step away from Caroline Forbes for just a little bit.Is Lizzie more powerful than Josie? ›
Also, they learned to control it. While Dark Josie proved more powerful than Lizzie, making it seem that Josie is the more powerful twin, really these two are the most powerful when they work together.
Thanks to their (rarely-mentioned) status as Siphoners, both supporting stars could become Tribrids if bitten by a werewolf.Who is Damon and Elena son in Legacies? ›
Grayson is the hybrid son of Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert, the twin brother of Jenna Salvatore, and the older brother of Stefanie and Sarah Salvatore. He is the grandson of Giuseppe Salvatore, Lillian Salvatore, John Gilbert, and Isobel Flemming and the step-grandson of Alaric Saltzman.Is Elena still alive in Legacies? ›
In the epilogue, Elena continued to study at medical school. After finishing her education, she went back to Mystic Falls and lived together with Damon, happily married for a long time. After living out her life, she crosses over to the afterlife where she finally reunites with her parents, Aunt Jenna and Uncle John.What episode does Elena get pregnant? ›
Black Hole Sun (The Vampire Diaries)What kind of vampire is Lizzie? ›
Lizzie is both a vampire and a siphoner witch, also known as a heretic, which means she can siphon endless magic while also wearing leather jackets.Who is Darius Salvatore? ›
Darius was responsible for the creation of many supernatural groups. The Order, beginning in 1099 as a vision of Darius'. The Darius Force, a sub-grouping of The Order, designed as a fail-safe in the event that The Order is to ever sustain an uprising.Is Sebastian in Legacies a Salvatore? ›
Initially, as the character is being introduced, he does interact with [Lizzie] in short bursts, and as the season progresses he is much more present. Julie Plec has described Sebastian as more of a Damon Salvatore.Does Lizzie have a happy ending? ›
Lizzie is ultimately acquitted of the murders and lives the remainder of her life in Fall River, ostracized by the community and estranged from Emma. She dies at age 66 and leaves the majority of her estate to the local humane society.Did Thomas cheat on Lizzie? ›
Following season 5's shocking failed assassination attempt, things remain tense with fascist politician Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) and his partner Diana Mitford (Amber Anderson) on the scene, and Tommy has betrayed Lizzie by sleeping with Diana.Does Lizzie have feelings for hope? ›
It is highly likely that Lizzie in particular has or had a crush on Hope, she has been notably obsessive of Hope from the very first episode and projected these feelings by accusing Josie of being obsessed with Hope.
As it turns out, Lizzie had Hope's blood in her system when she died, making them sire-bonded besties. Vardemus was speaking for the entire fandom when he said, “I am as shocked as you both that your dynamic could become even stranger.”How did Lizzie break the sire bond? ›
She ordered Lizzie to stake Aurora in the heart, which she almost did. By missing her target by mere inches, Lizzie not only saved Aurora's life but also broke her sire bond.What does Lizzie suffer from in Legacies? ›
While never outright confirmed, it was clear Lizzie always exhibited signs of bipolar disorder. Lizzie's inability to focus to maintain a stable mental state of clarity, along with her random mood swings, made her too afraid to practice magic which called for intentional concentration to use properly.Does Hope Mikaelson have a child? ›
She is the mother to Andrea, Jayden, and Hayley Mikaelson. She is the granddaughter of Ansel, Esther Mikaelson and two unnamed werewolves, as well as the step-granddaughter of Mikael.Did Hope have a crush on Josie? ›
The ship gained even more popularity when it was revealed in 1x12 that Josie had a crush on Hope when they were children, a sentiment returned in 2x06 when Hope states she used to have a crush on Josie for one week when she was 14, and has since been semi-canon.Who is Hope's ex in Legacies? ›
And once Landon (Aria Shahghasemi), Hope's former boyfriend and the new ferryman of Limbo, persuades him to find peace, Ethan (Leo Howard) is able to help Klaus deliver one last powerful message to Hope, who decides to scatter his ashes at the school and embrace her role as a leader for the next class of supernatural ...Is Lizzie stronger than hope? ›
Lizzie Was Able To Break The Sire Bond
Hope is the Tribrid, so she's stronger than both of them.
The siphoning witch would be turned into an "Original Heretic"; and Original vampire that can siphon their own vampirism to perform magic. They would then have to kill someone and trigger their curse (like Klaus), and then become a "Heretic Tribrid".Does Lizzie get pregnant again? ›
Upon Claire's return to the Ridge in spring 1779, she learns that in her absence Lizzie had another son, and is pregnant again.What does Cleo become in legacies Season 4? ›
Mystic Falls Hath One Fury
There was one silver lining to Cleo's otherwise tragic journey into Ken's mind: He informed her that she's now a fury, a natural transformation that apparently occurs when an oracle interferes in their visions and changes the future.
As such, when Tribrid Hope's arrival saw her almost instantly turn off her humanity and become the main villain of Legacies season 4, the result was a huge let down. Tribrid Hope could have beaten any of the many bizarre monsters of the week Legacies introduced in earlier seasons, but never got a chance.Why is Landon stuck in limbo? ›
Hope intends to use the Necromancer to bring Landon back to life, which he inadvertently does, having mistaken Hope to actually be dead. Despite his brief resurrection, the Ferryman drags him back to Limbo.What happened to Cleo in Legacies Season 4? ›
She is a former recurring character, having been promoted to main in the fourth season. After being freed from the artifact, she enrolled in the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted and befriended Hope Mikaelson.Does Elena have a daughter in Legacies? ›
Played by. This article is about Stefanie Salvatore, the daughter of Damon and Elena. You may be looking for Stefan Salvatore, Stefanie's late paternal uncle and namesake. Stefanie Rose Salvatore is a recurring character on Legacies and a former guest starring character on The Originals.What creature is Cleo from Legacies? ›
Cleo Sowande is a witch who first appeared in the sixth episode of the third season of Legacies.Is Elena in Legacies? ›
However, among this roster of The Vampire Diaries stars, descendants, and callbacks, Elena and Damon are notably missing, despite their role as protagonists in the original show.Who kills Hope Mikaelson? ›
After being killed by Freya Mikaelson and completing transition, she has gained all the abilities of a Vampire but is described as a new type of vampire as Hope is unlike every other vampire that has ever existed (including her family the Originals) since she was not turned into a vampire/hybrid, she was born one.Who murdered Hope's mother in Legacies? ›
Hope's parents were both killed when she was 15.
During the final season of The Originals, Hayley was killed by vampires who were prejudiced against werewolves, and Klaus sacrificed himself to keep an ancient, dark magic from taking root in Hope and killing her.
Hope is Legacies' strongest vampire type, a tribrid, and The Vampire Diaries' Mikael is the oldest and toughest Original Vampire Hunter, raising the question of who would win in a fight.Why is Jed no longer a werewolf? ›
Jed and Ben: Jed losing his werewolf powers was a way to create more storylines for this slightly mismatched couple. "It felt like a really interesting wrinkle and a really interesting problem for the two of them to go about solving.
In the Legacies series finale, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) was able to find closure in a message from her father, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and embark on a new chapter at the Salvatore School with Caroline (Candice King) serving as the interim headmaster.How did Kaleb become a dragon? ›
After he was enthralled by Malivore in We All Knew This Day Was Coming, he was uniquely transformed into a part-dragon, vampire hybrid.Will Bonnie be in Legacies? ›
Like the famed couple Damon and Elena Salvatore, Bonnie Bennett is not in Legacies at all. She also didn't appear in the show's predecessor, The Originals.Why did Josie leave Legacies? ›
Legacies season 4 has reached its end, and Josie has not reentered the picture yet — nor will she ever. Kaylee Bryant's exit wasn't handled well by the show, and while the season 4 finale didn't provide much closure, Josie won't be back on Legacies because the show has been canceled.