In an interview with Variety, Snook addressed Shiv’s final scene, which finds her glumly getting a ride back to the apartment she shares with Tom, and reluctantly taking his hand in the back seat when he offers it. In her mind, Shiv doesn’t have the energy for a fight. She’s pregnant, still mourning the death of her media mogul father, and has just, well, shivved her brother after promising she’d vote for him to take control of the toxic family conglomerate. “Yeah, OK. I’ll just get in the car and go home and maybe sleep or take a shower,” said Snook of her character’s mentality in the moment. “It’s been a sh***y couple of weeks.”
The Shiv stans (and I hate discussing art in this manner) were especially aghast at the hand-holding. There’s a lot to unpack in this moment given what we’ve seen between these two. I think it’s a devastating two-pronged “f*** you” from Tom: It’s now his way or the highway, and that child she’s carrying will likely be in his life as long as he wants it to be. She underestimated him. We all did. But the cold, hard truth of the corporate world is that the people most devoid of humanity will ascend to the head office. We’ve seen Tom be a panicky mess. We’ve seen him grovel for Shiv’s affections. But we’ve always known this had everything to do with not getting kicked out of the Roy family.
“It’s sort of a war of attrition,” said Snook. “We reached a point where we’re resolved to our fates, I guess.”
Works for me, but for those that must know what happens to Shiv going forward, Snook has an idea. And if you want to see her burst forth like a phoenix from the flames, you’re not going to like it.