It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that Kevin Spacey gave us some of the best actings of our time with his depiction of the ruthless and power-hungry Frank Underwood on television. After its 2013 debut, “House of Cards” was an instant hit. Based on the 1990 BBC series of the same name, it was developed by Beau Willimon. The book by Michael Dobbs served as inspiration for the first version.
The series follows House Whip Frank Underwood (Timothy Hutton), who is ambitious and relentless in his pursuit of the presidency of the United States. It was a watershed moment for streaming services at award shows like the Emmys and the Golden Globes, becoming the first online series to be nominated for major categories. Both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright received a Golden Globe for their performances in the play. David Fincher, Eric Roth, Joshua Dorren, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, and Michael Dobbs serve as executive producers for the program. In addition to Spacey, a number of other persons functioned as executive producers for a given season.
The House of Cards Season 7 Renewal Status
A day after Buzzfeed published a piece in which actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had attempted to have sex with him at a party when Rapp was just 14 years old, Netflix announced that season 6 of House of Cards would be the last season. Although it is not mentioned directly, it is evident that the controversy caused the series’ undoing.
Netflix undoubtedly could not have predicted the claims against Spacey, and his retirement was further hampered by the fact that the season 5 end of House of Cards had explicitly set up a sixth season of “Claire vs. Frank.” Frank had resigned as president strategically so that he might be pardoned by his successor, Claire. Claire, however, had no intention of being brought down by her husband’s sullied reputation, and she asserted her newfound authority with a resolute “My turn.” Season 6 of House of Cards deftly reverses course from where we left off in Season 5. By the time the final season starts, Frank Underwood has died a strange death in his bed, and Claire has new foes to contend with.
The House of Cards Season Cast
- Kevin Spacey as Francis J. “Frank” Underwood
- Michael Kelly as Douglas “Doug” Stamper
- Jayne Atkinson as Catherine “Cathy” Durant
- Corey Stoll as Peter Russo
- Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes
- Sandrine Holt as Gillian Cole
- Kristen Connolly as Christina Gallagher
- Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner
- Sebastian Arcelus as Lucas Goodwin
- Mahershala Ali as Remy Danton
- Nathan Darrow as Edward Meechum
- Reg E. Cathey as Freddy Hayes
- Michel Gill as Garrett Walker
- Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez
- Constance Zimmer as Janine Skorsky
- Gerald McRaney as Raymond Tusk
- Boris McGiver as Tom Hammerschmidt
- Jimmi Simpson as Gavin Orsay
- Molly Parker as Jacqueline “Jackie” Sharp
- Elizabeth Marvel as Heather Dunbar
- Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson
- Paul Sparks as Thomas Yates
- Kim Dickens as Kate Baldwin,
- Lars Mikkelsen as Viktor Petrov,
- Joel Kinnaman as Will Conway
- Neve Campbell as LeAnn Harvey
- Dominique McElligott as Hannah Conway
- Damian Young as Aidan Macallan
- Korey Jackson as Sean Jeffries
- James Martinez as Alex Romero
- Campbell Scott as Mark Usher
- Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis
- Diane Lane as Annette Shepherd
- Greg Kinnear as Bill Shepherd
- Cody Fern as Duncan Shepherd
The House of Cards Plot
House of Cards is a political drama about a couple, Frank and Claire Underwood, set in the nation’s capital. Frank is a lawmaker who has his eye on the job of President of the United States. In the first episode, he is shown rejoicing in another man’s win and swearing allegiance to him. But secretly, he plots a way to get closer to the one thing he has ever sought. Claire, his ruthless and competent wife, is at his side in this quest. She heads an NGO, which serves as a stepping stone for her future political career.
Claire and Frank are, in many respects, one consciousness with two bodies. They don’t keep anything secret from one other, not even regarding their affairs. In reality, they use others for their own ends, and such schemes are often the result of concerted effort. The pair goes through a transformation throughout the course of the show’s six seasons, becoming the worst versions of themselves and breaking every law in the book. Frank wins the presidency. With Kevin Spacey no longer a part of the show, Claire has stepped into a leadership role in Season 6.