Pres­i­dent prob­lems

Claire and Fran­cis are fac­ing a trick­ier po­lit­i­cal pow­er­play than they’ve ever faced in House Of Cards.

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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.

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