*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Succession season 4 episode 3*
The Succession team had a special method to ensure the news of character Logan Roy’s death didn’t leak before the episode aired.
They decided to use a code name that had a pretty smart connection to the storyline.
Succession writer and co-executive producer Georgia Pritchett pointed out that it was ‘a tough secret to keep,’ before explaining exactly how they did it.
‘So nobody found out. We used code on the whiteboards. Larry David meant Logan Dies. So episode 403 said Connor’s Wedding, Larry David. Mind you, that would also have been a great episode,’ she wrote on Twitter.
Larry David and Logan Dies share the same LD initials – pretty clever right? Larry, 75, is also the creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is another HBO series.
It all makes sense in a nonsensical way. The coded message was difficult enough, that they got their wish of it being a surprise for viewers.
If you’re wondering how long they’d been planning the plotline, Georgia let fans know that it’s been in the works for over a year.
‘We decided it in the #Succession writers’ room in Jan 22,’ she added on Twitter.
The media mogul, played by 76-year-old Brian Cox, made his permanent departure from the show on only the third episode of the fourth series.
With seven episodes to go, we can’t imagine what will happen next!
Succession director Mark Mylod told Entertainment Weekly that the idea for the early death came from creator Jesse Armstrong, who wrote the episode.
‘Jesse had the idea quite a long time ago, I think possibly way back when we were planning season 3. There was this idea that it would happen early in the season, in a very unexpected way,’ he recalled.
Mark suggested that if fans rewatch the previous episodes they’ll pick up ‘little hints’ that the plot twist was approaching.
‘I think when the show is at its best, things are so shocking and so surprising, and yet when you step back there’s a part of them that also seems inevitable also,’ he said.
Succession continues on Monday on Sky Atlantic and NowTV in the UK and on Sunday on HBO in the US.
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