The show didn't hit viewers over the head with Kendall's shift in loyalty- and even sharp watchers missed it
I definitely noticed it, discussed it with a few people, and finally decided that for some reason Kendall decided to wreck the deal. The question is, why? Is it strictly out of revenge (to punish Logan by ruining something he wants)? I think there's more to it than that. Maybe he wants to betray his siblings (again, why, when he'll also be hurting himself?). Maybe he really doesn't want to own the New York Times (involves too much work?). Maybe he wants to stick it to Mattson so he feels like the biggest dog in the room? Maybe it's sheer self-immolation? (We know he's on a suicide kick.) These are the questions the writers want us to be asking, just to keep us in the story. Guess we'll find out soon.
You're on to something. It was subtle, but Kendall looked to have a "wait a minute" moment in that stairwell. I'm not sure I ever know what his long term game is, though.
“Why” is a good question. I think he wants to take over Waystar.
Love this, more cultural diversions!
I didn't read that as Kendall betraying Shiv; I read it as him betraying the rest of the family -- Shiv, because she genuinely believes Matsson will further negotiate (while Kendall doesn't) and Logan, who believes he won't. For some reason, Kendall wants to kill the deal.