Friday, June 21, 2024

HBO's 'Succession' will live forever in memes


for the four seasons Now, HBO succession Gave people something to tweet about on Sunday night. It seems everyone is crazy about the Roy family. With the airing of the finale on Sunday, it would seem that the big tent party is about to come to an end. This is not entirely so. Online, succession Screengrabs, quotes and references dominate the discourse in a way that is not likely to end anytime soon. through its memes succession Already tiptoeing into eternity.

Evidence of the show’s meme-ification is everywhere picket lines Members of the Writers Guild of America invade your Twitter timeline every time a rich person does something stupid. It’s a testament to the quality of the writing and the show’s distinctive style that almost every episode delivers an all-time one-liner, perfect for a GIF or image macro. Producer Jesse Armstrong made the first sweaty UK comedy peep ShowAnd he’s clearly still hungry for the kind of damaged quips that are ideal meme fodder.

The Simpsons’ The online dominance can be attributed to its bizarre, coincidental predictive powers and the fact that it’s always good to see Homer ducking into a bush. When the Sopranos gained new relevance during the pandemic, The New York Times Magazine argued It was the way the show captured America’s national downfall – “a humiliating, slow slide down a hill into a puddle of dirt” – that gave it resonance online. succession, too, seems destined to live on in our online hearts. But what story would its memes tell?

Maris Kreuzman is a writer and podcaster who relaunches the show on Twitter by encouraging people to “Tag yourself in tonight’s episode, She finds her adoration in a second season episode about Walter, a fictional Gawker/Vice-like entity whom Roy mindlessly destroys. “Kendall fires the entire staff, and later he walks into a bodega, steals a pack of batteries, and then throws the batteries in the trash,” Kreuzman said. “Having dealt with many media companies that treat their employees like trash, I have never identified with an inanimate object as I did with that pack of batteries.” He tagged himself as battery and then continued to tag.

Interestingly, Kreuzmann is not alone. succession The meme maker says that Walter’s destruction was the very moment they fell in love. perhaps in the opposite sense, successionThe portrayal of the workings of the digital media industry as ruthless and sleazy has actually led actual digital media workers to actively interact with the online show.

Writing for Polygon, Geeta Jackson The show’s online fan community described as “fiercely dedicated” to the fate of these fictional lives and described that dedication as a major through line: “On platforms such as Twitter and Tumblr, fans of the show analyze trailers frame by frame and share characters discuss their hopes and dreams for the U.S. Despite being a show about ruthless capitalists, some of whom support a fascist presidential candidate, the way all the characters are so wounded by their abusive fathers That makes it easy for the audience to empathize with them.