Sarah Snook had an exciting surprise in store while filming the final season of Succession – she got pregnant! When she learned the wonderful news, she couldn’t wait to share it with the cast and crew of the hit HBO series. During a recent interview with Variety, Snook revealed that she chose a rather memorable moment to disclose her pregnancy to the team. It happened on the day they were filming a pivotal scene for her character, Shiv.
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In the seventh episode of the fourth season, Shiv, played by Snook, engaged in a heated argument with her on-screen husband, Tom (Matthew MacFadyen), on a balcony overlooking the bustling streets of New York City. Right after capturing this dramatic confrontation on camera, Snook gathered the crew and let them in on her impending arrival.
Shiv and Tom’s relationship had always been tumultuous, driven by their thirst for power and success, often at the expense of their marital happiness. Their conflicting priorities ultimately spelled trouble for their union. Tom believed that having a baby would magically mend their fractured marriage, but Shiv wasn’t convinced. In the midst of their intense on-screen spat, Sarah Snook’s character dropped the bombshell – she was accidentally pregnant.
However, as the series wrapped up, it became evident that a baby wouldn’t be the remedy for Shiv and Tom’s broken relationship. The show took some unexpected turns, with Tom ascending to the position of Chief Operating Officer at Waystar Royco, defying the Roy family’s expectations. Following Logan Roy’s passing, a power struggle ensued within the media conglomerate, and Shiv’s plans didn’t quite pan out as expected. Disappointment loomed large for her as the outcome unfolded.
Did Shiv Try to Take Over Waystar Royco?
As Succession’s storyline unfolded, it became clear that as Logan’s health waned, the Roy children needed to step up and take control of the family empire. Kendall appeared to be a logical choice, but his struggles with substance abuse and lack of responsibility made him an unsuitable candidate. Meanwhile, Roman also harbored aspirations of leading his father’s business. However, it was Shiv who displayed a deeper understanding of her father’s legacy and the impact it held on the nation’s collective consciousness. Unfortunately, she made the wrong choice in aligning herself with the wrong team, ultimately relegating herself to a perpetual existence in Tom’s shadow.
For more insights into Succession, you can explore Collider’s interview with Nicholas Braun, who portrayed Greg Hirsch in the series.