‘House of Cards’ fans can visit Underwood’s ‘grave’
Fans of the Netflix political series “House of Cards” can visit the headstone of President Frank Underwood in the fictional president’s South Carolina hometown.
Underwood, portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the first five seasons, is killed off for the show’s sixth and final season. Some episodes include shots of a headstone bearing Underwood’s name, his birth and death years, and a notation of him being the 46th president of the United States.
While the grave and its occupant aren’t real, the headstone is, and it was placed in a cemetery in Gaffney, which is Underwood’s hometown in the series.
Spacey was fired from the show amid allegations of sexual assault. The final season began some time after Spacey’s character has died and indicates that he was buried in Gaffney
The headstone was placed next to the headstone for Underwood’s father, which also is seen in the show, in Oakland Cemetery, according to the City of Gaffney’s web- site.
The city’s marketing director, LeighAnn Snuggs, was contacted by Netflix in August about selecting a final resting place for Underwood, according to The Gaffney Ledger.
The Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery has promoted the newest attraction in the city, including having a photographer from Netflix present at the cemetery to capture people “paying their respects” to the fic- tional president.
“’House of Cards’ has generated a lot of interest and brought a lot of people to Gaffney, South Carolina,” Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly told WSPA. “We do have people who’ve come from all over the country here to just see about Gaffney, and we’ve had people that wanted to know if the Peachoid was real.”
Jolly was referring to the peach-shaped water tower just off Interstate 85 in Gaffney, which had its own storyline during the first season of “House of Cards.” Earlier this year, a fence was built around the water tower to protect it from vandalism.
Anyone looking for information or to visit the headstone is asked to call the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery at 864-487-6244.
Other Netflix series have South Carolina ties. “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks is from Greenville, and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” star Mike Colter is from Columbia.
A headstone for the fictional U.S. president was placed at a cemetery in Gaffney, S.C.