It is no spoiler to say Frank Underwood will not make it into the sixth and ultimate period of House of Cards. Netflix declared the character’s offscreen demise in a teaser trailer for the new season, following accusations of sexual harassment against actor Kevin Spacey.
But let us not dwell on Spacey. A big aspect of the show’s enchantment has been the interaction among Spacey’s Frank Underwood and his spouse Claire, performed by Robin Wright. And in period six, streaming on Netflix now, the display eventually belongs to Claire, and to Wright.
She’s so very good, so plausible, I could not support but marvel if Dwelling of Playing cards ought to have killed off Francis Underwood even quicker.
A feminist period six
You can find a second in this season’s 3rd episode the place a few girls above 50 — Robin Wright, Diane Lane and Patricia Clarkson — meet up with in the Oval Office environment and discuss 1949’s feminist manifesto The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Lane’s character, Annette Shepherd, a millionaire and childhood pal of Claire’s, failed to like it. Clarkson’s Jane Davis claims the ebook was appropriate about all the things. Claire will not specify her literary tastes — but I like to believe she’s with Jane.
This season’s feminism is appropriate there on monitor. And driving the digicam much too, as girls fill producing and directing roles, and Wright is an govt producer.
Wright appears to be like straight into the digicam the identical way her spouse made use of to. ‘Are you even now there? Do you miss out on Francis?’ she asks the very first time she breaks the fourth wall this period. ‘Here’s the issue,’ she provides. ‘Whatever Francis informed you the previous 5 several years, will not consider a term of it. It is likely to be unique for you and me. I am likely to convey to you the fact.’
Possibly for the reason that it truly is extremely hard not to empathize with Claire the way the attained Wright performs her, I discovered myself rooting for the new fictional president the entire time. Even when she does some really questionable issues (she can participate in a number of of Frank’s outdated tips).
Claire has plenty of troubles when we see her yet again at the starting of period six. She’s in the very first 100 times of her presidency and the Solution Support informs her threats towards the place of work have long gone considerably up given that she grew to become commander in main.
Her vice president and de facto main of personnel, Mark Usher, performed by Campbell Scott, is hoping to mildew her choices to the wants of millionaire siblings Annette and Monthly bill Shepherd, performed by Lane and Greg Kinnear. These new people, in correct HoC type and for really sophisticated causes, have a maintain above Claire that is complicated for her to shake. What did Francis convey to them ahead of he died?
And sure, the problems encompassing Frank’s loss of life are suspicious to say the minimum.
Present day political local climate will come up typically. Like when Claire forces the Ohio governor to declare a condition of crisis in the fictional city of Bellport. You can find been a leak of hydrogen sulfide from a producing plant in a plot that carefully resembles the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
There are also references to Donald Trump’s administration. At just one issue, Claire is interviewing a considerably misogynistic applicant for the Supreme Courtroom, evoking the controversy around Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment. And Area four of the 25th Modification will come up, reminding us of the impeachment approach the vice president and cupboard have to abide by if they deem the president unfit to govern.
Sure, at minimum just one character utters the words and phrases ‘collusion with Russia’ in the very first 5 episodes.
No escapism right here
Never count on to come across any solace from the serious environment with Dwelling of Playing cards, and will not count on to check out with 50 % your mind. Your thoughts has to continuously functionality at significant degree to capture all the references and join the dots — the quite a few plot turns can be complicated to abide by and there are plenty of grandfathered people and storylines from earlier seasons.
I would have most popular a fresher period with a lot more new people and a lot less continual reminders about the earlier. But in a period the place Claire claims issues like ‘Playing incompetent is so exhausting’ or ‘The reign of the white center-aged guys is above,’ I have only just one correct grievance. They ought to have set Claire entrance and heart a extensive time in the past.
Now, ought to we begin with the #RenewHoC marketing campaign by now? Or go straight to #ClaireDesevesHerOwnShow?