Warning: There are a whole lot of spoilers for Season 4, Episode 3 of Succession ahead.
In what fans are calling "one of the best episodes in television history," Succession unexpectedly killed off its cruel patriarch, Logan Roy, just three episodes into the final season.
"…I think we all…just witnessed…one of the greatest episodes of television ever, " tweeted critic Matt Neglia. "Phenomenal acting from everyone across the board."
It's pretty much impossible to avoid spoilers at this point. The LA Times and New York Magazine have both released comprehensive obituaries for the fictional character. There was an emotional fog over Twitter the morning after the episode aired.
But first, the actors behind the narcissistic nepo babies of the Roy family showed the wide range of responses children have to the death of an abusive parent.
Succession has thus far followed their desperate attempts to earn their father's approval, and with him gone, they will be reckoning with a new reality.
Logan died on a plane ride to Sweden during his eldest son Connor Roy's wedding, skipping the event to secure a business deal. When Connor was informed of his father's passing, he simply said, "He never even liked me."
Though Connor set his sights on a long shot presidential run instead of succeeding his father, his three younger siblings were actively trying to wrest power from Logan.
Logan's death released an undercurrent of grief that drove Roman, Kendall, and Shiv to cry, tell their dad they love him, and struggle with disbelief. Eventually, they all sprung into action.
Logan's girlfriend-assistant Kerry Castellabate had perhaps the most bizarre reaction of all, giggling and sobbing, looking like she "caught a foul ball at Yankee Stadium."
Though Succession is technically a drama, each episode offers bursts of humor to propel viewers through the struggle among family members. Following Logan's death, even moments of silliness could not detract from the grief on display. But of course, fans found a way to cut the tension with memes and jokes.
Twitter user @waystarroyhoe mistakenly called for Logan's death after the character was particularly cruel at the start of the episode.
Logan's death was inevitable in this final season of Succession, but no one saw it coming this early. Still, he was consistently cruel to fan-favorite characters, so some people rejoiced in his demise.
But we've still got seven episodes left in the series, in which the titular conflict of the show will be addressed: Who will succeed Logan?
BRB, blocking out time to tune in every Sunday night as if I've got a business meeting.