However, there is a third reading of Roman Roy in the finale, which is that he was real winner all the same. At first glance like a defeated man, upon closer inspection one has reached the nirvana of acceptance. In the moments before the brothers’ warped but touching “meal for a king” scene as they debate billions of times over who should be appointed CEO, Kendall calls and asks: “Do you really want that? Roman’s silence was so loud that even his brother could hear. He couldn’t say the word, but they all knew the answer.
After the vote, the atmosphere explodes in the meeting room, when Shiv reveals that she has changed her mind and Kendall shouts “But I’m the eldest!” to her (who sounds like a child now?), the brothers fell to the ground and sat apart, panting. Roman then continues what is perhaps the least obvious, but most honest and profound, in heirhis history: “Stop it,” he told Kendall. “We are ridiculous. You are so ridiculous. I’m silly. We are nothing. I know this.”
Unlike Kendall, Roman understood what their father had told them the last time they were together: They weren’t serious people. Roman’s final shot shows him ordering a martini and enjoying it with a taste of something else—perhaps, not just financial freedom (which even happens to anyone in the world). some of them?) but also from the burden of pretending and wanting something he doesn’t. In psychology, this state is sometimes called “personalization,” when an adult goes beyond their own personality and the identities of others (usually family) are holding them back and becoming wall a fully aware human being with a clear sense of their place in the world. You really can’t get there without dealing with your past. At that time, Roman’s boy t-shirt symbolizes him coming to terms with his childhood and becoming at peace with it, going through the painful maturation needed to access something like happiness. happiness.
Either that, or he just stole it from the pool boy.
This story originally ran on English GQ with title “Reading a bit too much into Roman Roy’s Walmart t-shirt”