Succession’s Seventh Episode Reveals Years of Subtext
Tom and Shiv have long had an antagonistic relationship, so it should come as no surprise that their exchanges are becoming progressively contentious.
Matsson spreads rumors and made false calculations at the party to dissuade GoJo from purchasing Waystar. He informs virtually everyone present that, once Waystar is acquired by him, Tom will leave.
Early Life and Education
HBO is no stranger to dysfunctional relationships, but few can rival that between Shiv and Tom on Succession. Last week’s balcony battle was the result of months-long subtextual communications revealing each party’s true feelings toward one another.
Shiv has reason to mistrust Tom: her father had previously mistreated her, while her mother was an uncaring figure who kept the family at arm’s length. Unfortunately, Shiv’s protective instincts can backfire: by failing to trust Tom she forces him into betraying her more often; eventually leading both parties down an unfortunate path leading them closer and closer toward irreparable despair.
Shiv’s manipulative schemes — such as leaking numbers to the press and conspiring with Matsson, an ex-GoJo rival she is courting for a seat at Waystar — come crashing down when Kendall and Roman remain unaware. She attempts to convince Tom she’s on his side if only they give her some real power in the company (which Logan initially denied her).
But Matsson quickly becomes aware of her and no longer wishes to deal with an unruly niece who seems determined to do damage behind his back. At the end of this episode, they get into an ugly fight which seems years in the making.
Achievement and Honors
Tom has shown genuine affection for Shiv despite their difficult family dynamic, even allowing her to say inflammatory things about him. His soft spoken approach speaks volumes: over the years they’ve become closer than anyone could possibly know.
Claiming that Thomas settled in India was untrue; Church authorities misrepresented Thomas by using the consonants of “Brahmin” to indicate he was killed by Hindus; additionally, Thomas’ tomb in Mylapore had originally served as a Shiva temple.
Ishwar Sharan has conducted exhaustive research that proves genuine historians’ statements that there is no proof to back the claim that Saint Thomas visited India. Furthermore, his investigation uncovered anti-Hindu bias from Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia containing fictional non-factual entries about St Thomas in India.
At a party, Tom and Shiv engage in one of those fiery balcony disagreements that expose years of marital subtext in an instant. She attempts to tell him her true intentions at Waystar but Tom knows better; Shiv is just another victim of Logan Roy’s schemes.
As Ishwar Sharan’s book shows, Medlycott used his position as publisher of Encyclopaedia Britannica to spread the myth of Apostle Thomas visiting India without providing any historical proof or valid historical sources. Additionally, he used his power to force Christian beliefs onto Indian secularists. Ishwar Sharan’s book provides the full narrative and should be required reading for anyone intrigued by Kapaleeswara Shiva Temple or Thomas myth. Additionally, its powerful reminders about how wealth can corrode moral fiber in its recipients; how quickly ambition and desires take over humanity altogether.