Here’s The 1 “Succession” Theory Everyone Thought Predicted The Endgame

“Succession” spoilers ahead!

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Sunday’s “Succession” series finale was a giant Shiv in Kendall Roy’s heart, as the siblings left Waystar Royco once and for all.

The latest episode culminated with the final coronation of Tom Wambsgans, an underling originally known to be “Shiv Roy’s husband” and head of cruises, who would later become Lukas Matsson’s choice for an American CEO at Waystar.

As Kenheads searched for the “eldest child” to take over the family business, a “succession” theory circulated before the show ended, leading most people to believe that the winner of the series would actually be Tom.

Sophie Kihm, editor of baby-naming site Nameberry, pointed out in a now-viral TikTok that Tom’s last name – Wambsgans – was almost the same as Bill Wambsganss. Bill was a professional baseball player in the early 1900s, famous for “having completed the only unassisted triple play in World Series history”.

“He knocked out three players at once in what is essentially baseball’s finals,” Kihm said in his video.

“It’s no coincidence that Tom shares a last name with Bill Wambsganss, so you have to wonder if Tom will complete an unassisted triple play and take out all three Roy siblings to become the leader of Waystar Royco in the final. “Succession”, ” she added.

While the theory sounds solid, “Succession” executive producer Frank Rich told Slate that it’s not really correct and that Tom’s connection to the actual baseball player was unintentional.

“Tom’s last name was chosen before we shot a first season,” Rich said of the accidental Easter egg. “Even less mapped out the precise plot twists that would culminate 39 episodes later! Not to mention that many of the show’s key writers, beginning with its creator, Jesse [Armstrong]are British, live in London and are dedicated to British football.

Rich added that the name was suggested because a member of the “Succession” team had a family member with the same last name.

“If memory serves, we were looking for something fake that would be hard to say/pronounce,” he explained. “Suitable for a character who arrives as an outsider in the world of Roys.”


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