‘Succession’ Star Brian Cox Reveals He Thinks They Killed Logan Roy Off “Too Early”
Looks like we’re not the only ones torn up about Logan’s death.
Succession actor Brian Cox recently shared his thoughts on his character’s untimely demise on the HBO show. Speaking to BBC, he recalled how it felt to learn of series creator Jesse Armstrong‘s decision to kill Logan off.
“[Armstrong] decided to make Logan die, I think ultimately too early,” Cox said.
“I mean, he’d made him die in the third episode,” he continued. “And it was a great scene. That’s why I didn’t watch it, because I have no interest in watching. My own death will come soon enough.”
However, he still praised Armstrong’s handling of the scene, calling him a “writing genius.”
“I just thought, ‘wow,’ you know, he did it brilliantly. It was a brilliant scene, the whole act,” he said.
Logan’s death came as a shocking twist in the third episode of an already tense season. The episode showed the Roy siblings learning of his death in real time and trying to say their goodbyes before it’s too late. But it also showed them ping-ponging between denial and grief, much like the audience was as they also came to terms with his unexpected death.
“It was an odd feeling,” Cox said. “I looked on it, wrongly, as a form of rejection. I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected. I felt a little bit, ‘Oh, all the work I’ve done. And finally I’m going to end up as a New Yorker on a carpet of a plane.’”
Though he knows the “internet went crazy” over his character’s death, Cox said he’s had viewers of the show tell him they refused to continue watching without his character on the show.
“They said, ‘No, I’m not going to watch anymore. You’ve gone, I’m not watching,’” Cox said. “Which I think is unfortunate and unnecessary because the show is about the succession. So you need to see what’s happening in in the wake of his demise.”
He may not have agreed with it at first, but Cox has to admit it made for good television.