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Succession is a show built on characters worming their way in and out of situations. So how can they clearly express motivations with and without saying what they mean?


Succession is probably the best show on television right now. It’s Season Two finale was jarring, interesting, emotional, and surprising. But one of the best things about the show is how it handles character motivation — and reveals it through dialogue.



You see, the characters are so complex that their motivation constantly changes. That means that sometimes the characters have to say what they mean.



Let’s look at at a Nerdwriter video explaining this theory and see how it applies to your own writing.






How Characters in ‘Succession’ Say What They Mean


More than any other show on television, Succession’s dialogue sings when you hear it. Sure, lots of the lines are filled with crude and hilarious insults and profane word play, but the show uses these conversations to set up the deeper themes.

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Source: No Film School