It’s not just that we see a drunken, barely conscious Kendall’s face go into the water in the closing moments. (In a remarkable shot from the bottom of the pool, we see a steady stream of bubbles come out of his nose.) It’s that Kendall has been metaphorically drowning for much of the series, and especially this season. He was in the car with Andrew Dodds when it went into the water. The first time we saw him the following season, he was submerged in a rehab facility’s pool. Early in this season’s premiere, he climbed into an empty bathtub to cope with his anxiety over attacking Logan so publicly. The drowning imagery here, even if it’s meant as a symbol, has been around for quite a while now.
Kendall loses his kids gifts at his 40th birthday party.
Strong notes that to capture the "childlike volatility" of the scene, he spent weeks attending children's birthday parties among family friends in his neighborhood and promptly smashing all of the gifts in what he called a "summoned rage." He elaborated: "I just envisioned socks for Christmas under every single one of those packages. It didn't matter if some kid's mom had actually bought him a 200-dollar Death Star Lego set, to Kendall that was all worthless. I needed to fully realize the feeling of desecrating a valuable gift in that way. That was the only way I could authentically ransack the prop gifts as Kendall." When asked about the lifetime of emotional distress he possibly inflicted by ruining those children's birthdays, Strong replied, "I'd tell those kids to hold onto that visceral anger and take it with them to the stage one day. There is a very porous boundary between acting and life, and these are the moments to discover that, especially at a precocious young age."
“We get up at twelve, breakfast till three, dine till four, sleep till six, drink cooling liqueurs till eight, go to the Ponte Vecchio till ten, sup till two, and so sleep again till twelve.”
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