Even though Cox understood the creative decision to kill off his character unexpectedly before the show ended, he was hurt by the unceremonious nature of his character’s passing. The actor wasn’t even in Logan’s death scene. “I think the last [scene I shot] was the one moving towards the plane, for what’s the beginning of episode 3,” he revealed.
Keeping Logan off-screen might have made sense dramatically, but it didn’t feel right to Cox emotionally. As a veteran Shakespearean actor playing a tragic character, he would have preferred some potent final words like Macbeth or King Lear. “I was fine with it ultimately, but I did feel a little bit rejected,” the thespian admitted to Variety ahead of the series finale. “You know, I felt a little bit, oh, all the work I’ve done and finally I’m going to, you know, end up as an ear on a carpet of a plane.”
So why did the “Succession” creators decide not to give Logan a dramatic death scene? We all know the British theatre actor would have handled it with incredible experience and talent, so why were we deprived of a gut-wrenching final monologue from this self-proclaimed corporate pirate?
Armstrong and director Mark Mylod had three aims in keeping the media mogul’s demise off-screen: to subvert audience expectations, to mirror the reality of sudden death in the digital age, and to maintain the formidable presence of the character Cox had created through his years on the show.