Claire and Francis are facing a trickier political powerplay than they’ve ever faced in House Of Cards.
House Of Cards Season 5 Wednesday (from 14 June) M-Net (*101) 22:30
Politics isn’t for the faint-hearted and drama show House Of Cards (2013current) has done it all in its first four seasons. Murder, sex scandals, news manipulation… so what’s left to throw at viewers? “Just you wait,” teases Kevin Spacey as US President Francis Underwood. “There’s been commentary about how we can’t compete in the real world, so it’s not going to be as interesting. The show can’t possibly be as crazy as the real world. Just you wait!”
RUMOUR HAS IT…
Security’s been tighter around production company Netflix than at the White House after season 5 of its prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black (2013current) was hacked and put online in April. What we do know so far is that…
The US is on terror alert. First Lady 1
Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) warns the country in an election advert that “you need to tell us what you see. Whoever wins the election, we will need to work together, watch out for each other and yes, watch each other, to keep us all safe and sound”.
Frank wants to stay in power. And 2
not just for one more term… “The American people don’t know what’s best for them. I know what they need,” he says. “Underwood 2016. 2020. 2024.”
There’s a funeral, a terror attack 3
aimed at Claire, as well as the FBI searching a trailer in the woods. Plus, the President’s putting enemies behind bars, especially domestic threats.
Claire breaks the “fourth wall” 4
more (talking directly into the camera), hinting that she’ll have a bigger role. Madam President, perhaps?
PAY UP OR I’M OUT
Robin almost quit after season 4 after learning that Kevin is paid more – he’s on $6.5 million a season (R86 million), while she’s on $5.5 million. “Claire and Francis are equivalent as far as power, the plot and their union. Francis is an orator. Claire is the ego who directs him,” she said. And while the story has gone quiet ahead of this season, Robin says that “I only want to direct. I don’t want to be in front of the camera anymore. I’ve done it. I’m bored”.
Claire and Francis are back manipulating US politics.