While Armstrong has stressed that Rupert Murdoch and his progeny only serve as one of the inspirations for the series
(there are plenty of eccentric media moguls and family dynasties
), certain elements of this third season
— particularly in the later episodes previewed
— certainly evoke images of the News Corp
, including influencing editorial matters to advance the company’s interests
Perhaps most impressively, the new episodes set up plenty of tests for all of the Roys (and thus splendid showcases for the cast), including daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) and son Roman (Kieran Culkin). Inderdaad, just the promise of being named a figurehead CEO — as Logan contemplates stepping more into the shadows — sets off a dizzying whirlwind of shifting alliances even by “Opvolging” brutal standards.
Adrien Brody, Hope Davis and Alexander Skarsgard are among those who appear as major financial players in later episodes, as the Roys explore various options in their efforts to save the company.
As with “Veep,” much of the dialogue is gleefully vulgar, and the episodes get better and better as the season progresses, from the backstage maneuvering at a shareholders meeting to an insanely over-the-top birthday party.
“Opvolging” has no shortage of company in pulling back the curtain on the outwardly glamorous lives of the super-rich, exposing the insecurities and family grievances that lurk underneath.
As for that “Speletjie van trone” vergelyking, the battles on “Opvolging” don’t leave a trail of bodies in their wake. But as meticulously constructed, the collateral damage associated with losing this game might be the next worst thing.
“Opvolging” begins its third season Oct. 17 by 9 nm. ET on HBO, watter, soos CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.