hi! as someone who does not actually watch succession but is absolutely obsessed with tom and greg anyway because of blogs like yours, I have a question about that scene with the "how have I ruined it?" "I don't know, you just have" stuff. is there legit any possible reading of that that is actually heterosexual and platonic?? I've seen other gifs out of context that (still probably pretty) gay but can be explained somewhat by manipulation or whatever, but that specific moment?? does not. seem like it can be. so yeah, okay bye :D
hi, for the love of god, hello! i do love witnessing people who have never actually watched succ react to it. it’s my favourite part of this fandom for sure. they are so intense, it kind of draws you in. i myself started watching it because i saw a clip of the blackmail scene from 2.4 making rounds here and decided i have to see what the hell is that about, so i definitely get it.
i love that you have focused on the ‘how did i ruin it moment’. to be honest, there is so much going on between them, it kind of kicks you when you’re already down, because we’ve had the forehead kiss and the prove it come before it, in that same episode, so by the time you get to it you are already looking at it subjectively, because what else can they mean? but that is irrelevant.
what is important to note is the fact that tom does not start that evening unhappy. no, he starts it by telling shiv he feels as good as new, and is ecstatic to celebrate and get super fucked up. he gets about 5 minutes of that before greg tells him he wants do use this opportunity to ask a girl out, and tom starts spiraling immediately? and all of it leads to tom openly telling greg that he ruined his chance at happiness. not his fail marriage. not his bad coke trip. no. greg ruined it. just greg. everything else could still happen, but if greg didn’t do this one specific thing here, he would have been fine.
and greg acts like he does not get it. but i am sure he does. in my opinion, the reason he asks how did he ruin it isn’t because he does not know. it’s because he wants tom to come clean. they have been dancing around this issue for so long, if they could just put it into words, you know? (btw that’s why i think greg keeps keeping tom updated on the progress of his little conquest subplot, to provoke him into action, and obviously it works, he gets tom to propose)
there is no other way to explain it, because frankly, greg has not fucking done anything else while he was at that party? i’d really like to know what people who don’t like tomgreg think of this scene, because for me, it cemented the fact that it’s real, at least in this painful, one-sided way.
the 'idk, you just have’ is such a lie as well. he knows. that’s why he stalks away, to avoid greg’s further questioning. he literally looks like he is having a full on meltdown in the car with shiv, and, again, nothing else has happened to him at that fucking party, just greg telling him he wants to start dating. that’s it. and somehow that’s enough. he must know it by then.
(also, side note, i do love the way he waits in the shadows to see if greg can actually succeed, and only tells greg he has hurt him with this, after greg tells him that comfry said yes. insane.)