Marcia is the 'Succession' villain of the week

  • Warning: Spoilers forward for “Succession” season 4, episode 4 “Honeymoon States.”
  • Every week we’re selecting a “villain” who stands out among the many power-hungry forged of characters.
  • In Sunday’s episode, Marcia (Hiam Abbass) returns and takes the function of antagonist in Logan’s wake.

The ultimate season of HBO’s “Succession” took a story pivot within the third episode when major antagonist Logan Roy died immediately on his firm’s personal jet. This left greater than half of the ultimate episodes forward — which suggests the collection will want a brand new combatant for the three kids vying to be seen because the worthy successor of their father. And sadly, meaning we now not get to debate who Daddy Roy’s favourite is every week.

So as a substitute, Insider will determine the most recent risk to Kendall, Roman, and Shiv’s management of Waystar Royco and subsequently their father’s legacy.

For episode 4, “Honeymoon States,” that was Marcia Roy, Logan’s estranged spouse (and now widow).

An older woman wearing all black stands in an ornate living room with a stern expression on her face.

Hiam Abbass as Marcia in HBO’s “Succession.”


Method again within the season one premiere of “Succession,” Marcia was positioned as the most important risk to Kendall, Shiv, and Roman’s capability to manage their father’s firm (and fortune) within the wake of his eventual dying. The youngsters had been all angling to curb Marcia’s energy, making an attempt to carry off on signing authorized paperwork that will cement their step-mom’s place in Logan’s life. 

Within the early seasons, HBO’s interviews with actor Hiam Abbass, who performs Marcia, described her character as “elusive, soft-spoken, and quietly highly effective.” Abbass acknowledged that Marcia is a competitor within the sport of Logan’s succession, proper alongside his kids and the Waystar Royco executives. 

However by the beginning of season 4, Marcia had vanished from the principle storyline. She had come to an settlement with Logan that (in trade for more cash of their marriage association) he’d proceed his extra-marital affairs whereas she lived her personal lifetime of luxurious. It appeared potential we might by no means see Marcia on the present once more. 

Then Logan died. And in Sunday’s latest episode, Marcia made an aptly quiet-but-dominating return to “Succession.”

The episode picks up on the morning of the day following Logan’s dying. Kendall arrives in his dad’s Higher East Facet mansion and is stunned to see Marcia ready to greet him. He was apparently unaware of her continued presence in his dad’s life, given the seen relationship Logan was sustaining together with his “good friend, assistant, and advisor” Kerry. 


Kendall and Marcia within the pilot episode of “Succession.”


Marcia instantly hits Kendall along with her angle on the post-Logan world: She and Logan remained very shut proper up till his dying. In line with her, they spoke each morning and afternoon after which once more “intimately” at evening (later within the episode, Kendall interprets this as cellphone intercourse). 

Within the combat for entry and energy and management within the wake of Logan’s dying, Marcia’s reappearance on this episode positioned her proper on the high of the pack when it comes everybody’s villainous methods. She cruelly dispatches of Kerry, scorching the youthful lady in entrance of everybody now that Logan’s ego would not want defending. Her actions disarm even Roman whereas efficiently bringing Colin and Greg into her nook. 

With Kendall privately deciding to destroy Logan’s repute with autopsy data leaks, Marcia is primed to be his foremost combatant.

Who will rise subsequent week, and who will fall? It is one of many many questions we have now as “Succession” season 4 continues.

Originally posted 2023-04-17 23:44:24.