*Warning: this article contains the biggest spoilers for the finale of Succession, obviously.

After Succession managed the rare feat of pulling off a perfect finale which actually managed to satisfy its fans, Jeremy Strong has revealed it almost ended very differently for his fallen tyrant Kendall Roy.

In the last ever episode of Succession, titled With Open Eyes, the Roy siblings lost grip of their father’s empire Waystar Royco, after the board voted in favour to sell the media company to Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard).

Kendall came agonisingly close to taking over his family’s legacy somehow convincing his sister Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) he was the right person to lead them into a new chapter.

They were ready to face the board, knowing they had enough votes to secure Kendall the dream he’d been promised by Logan (Brian Cox) when he was seven-years-old only for Shiv to have a sudden change of heart right at the very last second.

Voting against her brother, Kendall lost everything in the blink of an eye. Waystar was sold to Matssson who appointed Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) as his CEO.

Once the deal was done, Roman was seen drowning his sorrows at a bar, Shiv joined her husband Tom as they very coldy held hands (kind of) and drove away.

After warning Shiv he ‘might die’ if she turned against him, Kendall was joined by his father’s driver Colin who watched the broken Roy sit on a bench staring aimlessly out into the water.

That was last we saw of Kendall, but Jeremy’s now revealed there was more to that scene which was filmed but didn’t make the cut.

‘I looked at these waves. And it was so windy that day, and so cold. And there was some piece of metal clanging and it was this terrible sound,’ he told the official Succession podcast.

‘And I sort of couldn’t bear it. 

‘I stood up and walked slowly to the barrier that was set up there and climbed over it. And I didn’t really know what I plan to do. And the actor playing Colin saw me and ran and stopped me from doing it.’

In hindsight though he knows creator Jesse Armstrong’s final ‘choice is better’.

‘And in a way I think you see the intentionality in the character. I mean, you said you felt like he was going to go in…

‘And I did. I tried to. It’s a completely tragic ending, from my perspective. I think that Jesse maybe intended that in the writing, this sense that Kendall has lost, but maybe he’s free..

‘And maybe he’s going to keep walking. I guess I felt with everything in my body that there is no coming back from this.’

The Succession cast all celebrated the end of a triumphant four series on Sunday. Brian Cox shared a tribute on Instagram, Sarah Snook tuned in with her newborn baby who unwittingly became the centre of a big storyline in the final season as Shiv hid her pregnancy, and Jeremy got his head shaved by his co-stars.

Succession is available to stream on NOW.

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