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Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin in Succession. Photograph by Claudette Barius/HBO

Roman Roy vs. James Murdoch

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Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy in Season 4, Episode 3 of Succession. Photograph by Macall B. Polay/HBO

There are a lot of similarities between Roman Roy and James Murdoch. Both are the younger brothers of the golden child. The Murdoch brothers, like the Roy brothers, are also often squabbling: Vanity Fair recently reported that Lachlan accused James of leaking family gossip to the Succession writers (though Lachlan denies saying that).

Vanity Fair also posits that James is much more liberal-leaning than his older brother, and that he doesn’t like Fox News. Kendall doesn’t seem to have any issues with ATN’s politics, but he is always pushing to modernize.

Also, remember how Logan always calls Roman “Romulus” as a nickname? Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman points out an incredible connection between Roman Roy and James Murdoch: James used some of his family money to launch a media fund called Lupa Systems that invests in liberal-leaning companies like Vice and Tribeca Enterprises.

Lupa is Italian for ‘she-wolf’ — like the one who raised brothers Romulus and Remus, who founded Rome, according to legend, before Romulus murdered his brother.

Umm!!! Coincidence??? I. Think. Not.

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