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Opinion | On ‘Succession,’ Marriage Reveals Its Sting


Scorpios fear and curse for good reason. An extremely aggressive predator, the scorpion has the bad habit of killing and eating its young. And when it comes to love, mating with scorpions is one of those things “the worst problems in nature”:

“Male and female engage in long, intense waltzes, moving back and forth, front paws clamping the front paws, mouthparts locked together and tail swishing forward, as the male repeatedly stings the children and the children struggle, seeming very angry at being dragged everywhere,” a Times article once wrote. After that, the female usually kills and eats her mate.

One might conclude that a dead scorpion is not the best gift to give your special someone. But in Sunday night’s episode of “Succession,” a glass-wrapped scorpion encased in a crimson box – “a little party for such a hot person” – is exactly what Tom left give it back to Shiv, as soon as they bring it. marriage back from the brink of an ongoing divorce.

“Who’s the scorpion?” she asked.

“You,” he replied. “I love you, but you kill me, and I kill you.”

Marriage is where “Succession” touches the closest viewer. We may never walk into corporate boardrooms or fly in private jets, but most of us are involved in our own private mergers. In marriage, we experience the interweaving layers of truth and lies that can bind a couple together or tear a couple apart, however devastating in both ways.

And marriage is the subject of this week’s episode — one of the best in the four-season series. (Be forewarned, some reveal ahead.) It shows Shiv and Tom’s marriage transitioning from sex at work to brooding in separate beds in the same bunker apartment. . Kendall and Rava’s previous marriage fell to the strain of co-parenting that turned into a screaming match. Connor and Willa’s unlikely marriage exists under mutual recognition of his submission and her dominance. And the impending marriage between rickety Waystar Royco and future Nordic GoJo is in the balance. In a show where people rarely say what they really believe and don’t believe what they say they believe, this episode revolves around the lies that keep people together and the truths that keep them apart. separate.

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