Tom Wambsgans
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Biographical Information
Real Name: Tom Wambsgans
Title: Chairman of Global Broadcast News at ATN
Originally From: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Current Location: United States
Wife: Shiv Roy
Parents: Mr. Wambsgans (Father)

Mrs. Wambsgans (Mother)

Family: Roman Roy (Brother-in-Law)

Kendall Roy (Brother-in-Law)
Connor Roy (Brother-in-Law)

Affiliations: Waystar Royco

The Roy Family

Physical Description
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3
Status: Alive (Married)
Character Information
First appearance: Celebration
Portrayed by: Matthew Macfadyen

Tom Wambsgans is Shiv’s husband, is infatuated with The Roy Family's power and prestige. He pursues acceptance from the family, sometimes humiliating himself in the process.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

He is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota and mentions he "didn't come from money" while Shiv did. Tom describes his mother was a highly respected lawyer in the Twin Cities and a "hard ass."

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Siobhan (Shiv) Roy and Tom Wambsgans are out birthday shopping for Logan. Tom wants to get him the perfect gift and ultimately decides on an expensive watch. Though Shiv warns him he won't like it, because he doesn't like gifts. That evening, Tom and the rest of his family celebrate Logan's 80th birthday and are introduced to Greg Hirsch. Logan calls for a meeting with all his children and presents them with papers to sign, leaving his wife Marcia Roy as Successor to the company. After dinner they decide to enjoy their traditional game of baseball, arriving by helicopter on an already set up field. At one-point Roman offers a kid $1 million if he can hit him a home run, but loses. Colin discreetly asks the boy's family to sign an NDA and re-gifts Tom's gift to the family. After the game, Logan instructs all his kids to fly in his helicopter, and after a disagreement, he sustains a heart attack. [1]

After Logan's heart attack the brothers are all trying to do damage control. Green lighting potential obituaries for the media to run, after the doctor informs them Logan had a hemorrhage stroke and is currently unconscious, and unresponsive. When Gerri Killman and Karolina Novotney arrived they still haven't decided who should become CEO in Logan's absence, information they need before the stock markets open. They at least agreed to go with the statement that nothing happened. There is a hostile moment between Shiv and Marcia over the disagreement on whether or not to move Logan to a better hospital. Maraca wins. Over the next few hours; Shiv and Roman get into a physical fight, and Tom proposes. Eventually, they decide Kendal will be CEO and Roman will be COO. [2] Weeks later, Logan has returned home but Marcia is preventing anyone from seeing him. Insisting he needs his rest, even when Shiv and Tom stopped by early one morning. Meanwhile, Tom and Greg start to work together at the company. Tom continuously gives Greg a hard time and is a little cruel every chance he gets. Greg tries to take it all in stride. [3]

Threatening Greg

While getting ready for the morning Shiv and Tom discussed that night's charity event, Tom insisting it's the first one he's been allowed to attend. Upon receiving his new job title, he is also informed of all the legalities ramifications. Including how the previous title holder had crimes of rape and sexual assault on the cruise ship covered up. The information confirmed that their company knew what was happening and did the bare minimum to fix the problems. Before the ball, Tom discusses the rape and murder allegations about the Cruise Line Scandal to both Greg and Shiv. When he is later confronted by Gerri Killman, who insists it's best he canceled his conference about the matter. Tom originally accuses Greg but comes to believe it is Shiv, who undermined him. [4] Weeks later, Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv and recruits Greg for a clandestine task of shredding documents. [5]

Tom decides to reward Greg for helping him deal with shredding all those documents over Thanksgiving. Tom takes him out on an extremely fancy dinner. He opens up to the younger Roy family member, telling him he understands how hard it can be. He sincerely offers his help in the future and promises to show Greg how the rich live. Greg informs Tom he previously had dinner with his grandfather and brings up the Vote Of No Confidence. Tom immediately calls Ken to inform him whats happening. [6]

In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a weekend-long family therapy session at his son, Connor's New Mexico ranch, Austerlitz. Shiv and Tom arrived at the ranch and Tom agrees (without any prompting from Shiv) to be on whatever side his fiancée is. Unbeknownst to him, Shiv is considering reconciling with her ex-boyfriend Nate Sofrelli both romantically and on a business deal. By the end the second day everyone is at Connor's Ranch is mad at each other. Logan insults Tom, which upsets Shiv, and she leaves crying. [7]

Morning after

Everyone is prepared for Tom's bachelor party but Roman has dropped the ball and change the venue to an underground party inside an old railway station. While outside they meet Connor and two of Tom's friends as well as an already intoxicated Ken. Roman claims he allegedly forgot to include Tom's friends who can't get in. Tom promises they'll come back for the boys once inside. Tom is excited and tells everyone that Shiv gave him the green light. Greg asks if Shiv is allowed to do whatever she wants too. This makes Tom uncomfortable and begins to have second thoughts, and starts a round of phone calls to Shiv. She tells him not to worry about it, as she is busy working with Gil, and unbeknownst to Tom, Nate as well. After Greg does two lines of cocaine, he becomes worried hope overdose. Tom confirms he might die. Later Tom makes out with a girl and she gets him a blow job. Afterwards she kisses him and puts his own cum in his mouth, making him swallow it. When the night ends early in the morning he tells Greg. Roman overhears and makes fun of him for it. [8]

The Roy family assembles in England for his wedding. The Roy children all meet with their mother, Caroline Collingwood outside of the wedding venue. During this time, it also becomes apparent that Roman is dating Tabitha from Tom's bachelor party. The same Tabitha that Tom had a sexual encounter with. Shiv is later talking to Tabitha, but quickly leaves when she sees Tom and Nate talking. Nate has introduced himself to Tom, and informed him that they used to date. Tom pulls Shiv away to talk. And she plays off that Nate is just an old friend of Ken's. Shiv changes the conversation to Tom's cover-up of the cruise files. She decides she wants more details about it and asks for them. Tom reluctantly agrees. Greg tracks down Tom to inform him the night before she saw Shiv and Nate having a rather intimate conversation. Before Greg can say too much Tom stops in. Even pushing him to the ground before continuing his jog. [9]

Family Photo

Shiv and Tom finally married and now gathered around for photos. There is a small squabble when Shiv and Tom ask for Willa Ferreyra to not be in the sibling/partner photo, however, Connor says he is prepared to make a scene, so they allow it. The reception finally starts, and everyone except Ken is at the front of the room with the bride and groom. All of The Roys give a nice speech to them, including his mother and father. Later, While the immediate family are gathered around talking, Connor reveals he wants to run for president sooner rather than later. Everyone is both surprised and uninterested. Assuming he will give it up before long.


Tom and Shiv sneaked away from their own reception and are in their private rooms. Shiv informs Tom she's not sure if she wants a monogamous relationship. She also confesses her affair with Nate. Before consummating their marriage, Tom asks if he can kick made out and Shiv agrees. Afterwards, Tom immediately goes down to kick out Nate Sofrelli]]. He confirms he knows about the affair, and even demands Nate pour his wine back into the bottle before leaving. [10]

Season 2[edit | edit source]


While on his honeymoon, they on the phone with Roman and Gerri who are in Japan while they are discussing Ken's TV news appearance. Shiv and Tom talk about the possibilities of their open marriage and Tom's new job at Waystar Royco. They decide to cut their honeymoon short and go to the Hamptons to see her family. At lunch, after this food is replaced with pizza once a dead raccoon is discovered. The rest of the family demands to know why Ken is allowed back into the family fold so easily. Roman and him now even share the position of COO. Logan ignores them and asks if he should keep or sell the company. They all begin to voice their opinions, before Logan decides to have them brought into his office one by one with an explanation behind to their reasoning.

On the last night at dinner Logan abruptly takes off early and brings Ken with him. and they fly back to to New York. [11]

Days later at Ken's daughter's birthday, three of the siblings are called away for an impromptu meeting with their father, While Connor comments how quick they are to serve their father. The next morning while getting ready Shiv tries to discuss her excitement over their open relationship, that Tom doesn't say much. That night, Connor and Willa Ferreyra host a soirée to mark their return to New York. The night takes an unexpected turn when he and Shiv agree to have a double date with him and Tabitha. At work, Tom has been moved up into ATN and has brought Greg with him. Greg insists he doesn't like what the TV media stands for, but Tom ignores him and tells him to go look for any fat that needs to be cut out. By the end of the day, Greg informs him that they should digitize everything, as the media company takes far too long to do anything manually. [12]

The siblings double date takes place at Roman's apartment. Things started off slightly awkward, with Tabitha coyly reminding Tom of how they met while their partners are in the other room. The dinner begins slow but picks up when the siblings start making fun of Tom. He quickly shuts it down, and the atmosphere at the dinner is brought down. After dinner, Shiv informs Tom that her father giving her the company, and found out while at the Hamptons. Tom asks if their plan is still for him to inherit the company, she confirms it is, and hug while Tom looks confused and hurt. [12]

Logan looking for their mole

Logan enters a board meeting, demanding to know why no one has found a solution to Sandy Furness. He informs the room; their company will be taking over media-giant PGM. He asks if anyone has issues with getting involved with Naomi Pierce. The few board members that have negative comments about the deal are immediately shut down. Later, Shiv wants Tom to voice their concerns to Logan during their conference and Hungry. While on the flight Logan finds out someone has been talking to a reporter and threatens to immediately fire them. While bore hunting, Greg confesses to Tom He had to sit down with a reporter, and Tom tells him to trust no one. That night at dinner Logan demands to know who squealed about Naomi Pierce, and who talked to the reporter about him. Logan eventually puts Karl, himself and Tom in a corner. Forcing them to fight over sausages or lose their job. Ken determines it was Roman who blabbed. [13]

Tom and Shiv ride in together for her first day, and discussing the possible controversial employee Mark Ravenhead, their best anchor who is possibly a skinhead and has protesters outside the building. After overhearing Greg joke all he does is get him lattes, Tom orders him to bring him a latte before he enters the board room meeting, where Tom is given the task to look into Mark. Where much to his surprise, it would appear Mark might be a Nazi supporter. After hearing gunshots, the entire building is put into lockdown with Greg and Tom in the same office room. Tom is on the phone with his wife who informs him she is in the real panic room, and he demands to go there, but security refuses to move them. Greg confesses he wants at “business open relationship” because he is not happy in ATN. Tom has a mental breakdown over his comment. They debatably makeup and Gregory leverages information about the cruise line scandal so he can be allowed to work in a different department. Tom agrees. Eventually it is determined the gunshot was from a suicide, and they are allowed to leave. [14]

The Roy children all return from England after doing some business. Tom is eager to find out what Shiv has been up to, but she is preoccupied. At teh estate, Logan officially informs his family they will be binding Pierce Media. However, before any deals can be made. The Pierce Family wants to ensure they are selling to good people, and he demands a sharp and crisp image from everyone. They helicopter in, and greet the family outside before making their way inside. Both families are mingling and Logan even gives a speech after Nan Pierce encourages him to. That night at dinner everyone is having rather cordial conversations. The topic of Tom's work at ATN comes up, and everyone begins to insult him. He smiles and takes it like a champ. But soon excuses himself with Shiv, to take a call about their fake dog. They have a quick meeting to discuss what to do as both are beginning to panic. The question of who will succeed Logan comes up, and Shiv announces she will be taking over the company. Her father in a spout of anger quickly shuts-down the conversation. An awkward silence ensues until Nan suggests everyone go for a walk. While everyone is stargazing, Shiv is freaking out with Tom, over dinner. Tom tries to keep her calm, but she mainly ignores him. The next morning at breakfast Roman jokes that he was with Gerri while he masturbated in the other room. After breakfast Nan and Naomi have a private meeting with Logan, Shiv and Ken, but end up leaving empty handed. Once they arrived back in New York, the Pierce family has changed their minds and agree to the terms. Everyone celebrates over champagne. [15]

Problem with eh speech

During a conference for billionaires, Greg is excited to have possibly touched Bill Gates Logan and a few others are soon ushered away by Colin to another room. Later, Greg tracks Tom down in the rain to use to address public-outcry over the cruise of “we're listening” was no longer a valid option because it turns out Waystar Royco actually was listening. They debate on changing what to change it to. That night Shiv sees Tom flirting, but confirms she cannot be bothered due to their open relationship. She informs him more about the situation with the cruise-lines and Tom is worried they are going to scapegoat him. The trail started with Moe’s, Bill helped cover things up, and Tom was in charge for the last couple of months. Even having Greg shred documents. Shiv assures him, he will be fine. [16]

That night, The Roy kids are waiting behind curtains while Tom finishing his speech. Greg is in the audience and claps for his friend. All three kids are on stage, while Shiv and Ken dominate the conversation. After the conference they get into a fight, where Roman makes another smart-aleck comment only to be struck in the face by his dad. Knocking out a tooth. Ken immediately stands up for his brother, yelling at his father to never do that again. The room is silent. [16]

Tom and Shiv talking

Shiv is purposely left out of a meeting during her father's party. He's assured it is all a formality but quickly discovers it is not. He once again asks her if her father would throw him under the bus, and she again says he would not. Tom confronts Gregory about the papers he saved for himself, now demanding they also be destroyed, threatening him with violence. Tom stays with him for the next 12 hours until the documents can be handed over. They destroy the papers together that night in a fire, but Greg still manages to shove a couple of papers in his coat. [17]

Getting ready for the Gala

Everyone is gathered in upper East New York to watch the opening night for Sand written by Willa. Connor and Willa give a small speech, and Willa admits the play's dialogue is still 40% unfinished. While everyone is mingling Shi awkwardly greets Chris and Tom conducts, he is the guy she slept with. Later that day, Roy family take a private plane to Dundee, Scotland. Before diner, the family gathers for a small meeting over drinks. Shiv convinces Tom to go flirt with Rhea. Tom interrupts Rhea and Roman with his awkward flirting. While everyone is gathered, Shiv motions for the waiter to poor up Rhea's drink, only to verbally stop him, adding she's a liberal. Knowing both these things would upset her father. This along with the speech that bringing up Logan's mother and dead sister. [18]

The next day, what was supposed to be a tour of Logan's childhood home, ends abruptly when he only rolls down his window from the car before leaving moments later. Shiv has a small argument with Tom about Rhea before entering their father's Gala. Rhea quiets everyone for Logan's arrival. He is very surprised and immediately leaves the venue only to return minutes later. Everyone is seated, where Ken surprises everyone with a rap. Logan announces Rhea as his new successor, much to the shock and surprise of everyone. [18]

Logan and the men in the family watch the news for who’s names will be pin-pointed out for the Cruise Line Sex Scandal. Moe’s, Gerri’s and Tom’s names are all mentioned. Ken is relaxed, while Tom and Greg periodically look nervous. The entire investigation is taken to court, and Thomas the first person called to the stand. In his panic, Tom even claims to not know who Greg is. By the end of it, Shiv is cheered as a hero for winning the case after convincing the key-witness to take money over testify. [19]

Getting ready to 'Kill Bill'

The Roy Family had previously discussed using Bill Lockheart but were forced to change tactics when he surprised them at court. Tom is the first one called to the stand and is understandably quite nervous. He is confronted by an aggressive Gil, who continuously questions him for all his actions, including being questioned about Lester’s nickname Moe. In his panic, Tom claims to not known, who Greg is when confronted about missing documents over Thanksgiving. Tom arrives back in disarray, and scared. His wife tries to calm him and goes for a meeting with Gil. She is able to find out they have a witness, and is cheered a hero when she convinces the witness to take the money over testify. [19]

Tom confessing he's unhappy

After arriving to the yacht, Shiv and Tom immediately make their way to their room. Shiv informs her husband she made plans for a three-some with one of the female employees on the yacht. Tom isn't overly excited, and when the night eventually arrives, he ends up declining. Then bringing up how he never wanted an open marriage and a piece of him is angry at her for bringing it up to him on their wedding night. Trying to make things up to him, they travel around from island to island looking for a special place to make love. Tom is very picky and when they do settle on one, they end up getting into an argument. Tom confesses he's unhappy with her and their relationship. [20]

The Roy siblings and Tom are able to get in some alone time is a sunbathing chit-chat. Logan mysteriously tells everyone to continue relaxing and he'll see them at dinner. They all begin to suspect something. The next day at breakfast, Logan announces they need a blood sacrifice. He doesn't say who, but asks for ideas on what to do, promising whoever did volunteer would be taken care of. Everyone tippy-toes about giving up another's name after theirs has been called. Soon Connor sacrifices himself, Logan thanks him, but confirms he isn't a big enough fish. Before a real argument starts, Logan breaks it up. That night at dinner Logan announces Ken will be the one taking the fall and going to prison. everyone is shocked and surprised. Shiv, Tom and Gregory seem to be the most affected. [20]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Shiv Roy and Tom are unofficially engaged. [2]
  • Shiv and Tom are openly engaged. [3]
  • Tom is promoted from managing Resorts South and Central to sitting in the private Board Room. [3]
  • Shiv and Tom are getting ready for their wedding, and looking into pre-nups. [5]
  • Intead of going to Prague, Tom's bachelor party happened inside an old rail way bridge. [8]
  • Greg Hirsch informs Tom of Shiv's cheating. Tom ignores him. [9]
  • Shiv and Tom previously had a plan for Tom to move up and eventually get Waystar Royco. [12]
  • Shiv hooked up with a guy, as part of her new Open Relationship with Tom. Tom declinded any details. [13]
  • Greg was promoted to executive assistant by Tom at ATN. [14]
  • Greg blackmails Tom to get out of ATN [14]

References[edit | edit source]

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