The latest Succession episode was excruciating even by Succession standards, and in among all the sibling-on-sibling fighting you may not have paid too much attention to the injured arm of Conner Roy (Alan Ruck).
In the episode itself there was a muttered explanation about his character having had a fall at his ranch, but the whole thing mainly seemed like a way to set up Conner keeping his coat on during Kendall’s birthday party, much to his brother’s increasing annoyance.
The real reason, though? Well, as Ruck explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he actually tore his shoulder in real life shovelling snow in New Jersey.
“I felt it pop — I mean I’m an older guy now — it just went pop and when I finally talked to a surgeon in March, he said, ‘Yeah, you should have had this sewn up,'” Ruck explains in the clip above.
“I called up [Succession creator] Jesse Armstrong and I said, ‘Jesse, the guy says I have to do it now or I’m gonna be messed up for the rest of my life,’ and he said, ‘We’ll write it in!'”
Another testament to just how good the writing is on that show.