Shiv’s Drinking Raises Questions About Her Big “Succession” Secret
In the early moments of the fourth episode of “Succession”‘s final season, which premiered on April 16, Shiv (Sarah Snook), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) deal with the aftermath of their dad Logan’s sudden death. But Shiv gets a phone call that sheds new light on her emotional state this season – and makes the loss of her dad even more painful: she’s pregnant. However, as the season continues with Shiv, some viewers have questions about her revelation and the current state of it.
Ahead, we break down everything we know about Shiv’s secret pregnancy, including whether or not her estranged husband knows about it yet.
Is Shiv Pregnant in “Succession”?
Yes, as far as we know now, Shiv is pregnant. As she lies in bed in season four’s fourth episode, she gets a call from her doctor, Dr. Sharon Hasford, who says, “I wanted to discuss your results and I didn’t know, but I thought you would want the chance to be aware, if you’re up to it.” Shiv confirms it’s OK to reveal.
“I won’t draw it out. It’s a good result,” the doctor adds. “The journey we went on with the amniocentesis after what the blood test showed us, everything looks healthy.” An amniocentesis is done to test a baby for certain health conditions. The doctor checks that Shiv is “still well,” and Shiv confirms she hasn’t had any more spotting or bleeding. Shiv’s doctor then says there’s nothing she should be concerned about and that her office will reach out to make the appointment for the 20-week scan.
So Shiv is, indeed, expecting. That seems to explain some of her absences in the season’s early episodes, where her brothers try to figure out what she’s getting up to that she doesn’t want them to know about. Near the end of the episode, Shiv trips and falls in her dad’s apartment, but we don’t find out in the episode if that had any consequence for her pregnancy. However, that’s not the only safety concern viewers have about Shiv.
In episode five, which premiered on April 23, Shiv is seen drinking throughout as her brothers try to close their big deal with Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). Toward the end of it, Shiv noticeably has a drink in her hand as Matsson confides in her about the deal. At one point, he even offers her a bump of cocaine, which Shiv grabs, though we don’t physically see her snort it. Elsewhere in the episode, she sips a glass of Champagne after the Roy siblings accept Matsson’s new offer.
Right now, it’s unclear what this means for Shiv’s pregnancy, as some viewers believe she may have terminated it sometime between episodes four and five. But it looks like we’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out to find out her status.
Does Tom Know Shiv Is Pregnant?
Shiv and Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) are in the middle of a brutal divorce. Based on their conversations in the latest episodes of season four – most of which are painfully stilted – it does not seem Shiv has told Tom about her pregnancy, instead keeping it a secret from him and everyone else.
Is Tom the Father of Shiv’s Baby?
We don’t know yet if Tom is the father of Shiv’s baby. Shiv seems to be about halfway through her pregnancy but it calls to question if she was already pregnant when she attended her mother’s wedding at the end of last season. “Succession” never said exactly when the wedding took place but it appeared to be early summer, which means Shiv could have recently learned that she was pregnant or that she found out immediately after returning from the wedding.
Though Tom and Shiv technically had an open relationship, it doesn’t seem like Shiv was sleeping with anyone else at the time, which would make Tom the father. It’s also possible they slept together after the wedding when they began separating, or Shiv could have also had a one-night stand leading to her pregnancy in the days after they separated. Viewers will have to wait and see.
Whatever happens, the season three finale makes it seem like this plot point has been in the works for a while. During the episode, Shiv has a conversation with her mother, Lady Caroline (Harriet Walter), about motherhood, and Caroline tells her, “You made the right decision. Some people just aren’t made to be mothers.” Ouch.
New episodes of “Succession” premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.
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