House Of Cards: Frank Underwood’s Presence Will Be Felt In Season 6

Season 6 — aka the final season — of House of Cards is set to hit Netflix this coming weekend, and while it will bring an end to the tumultuous, Game of Thrones-esque power struggle, for one key player, his time as a player has come to an end. Of course, I’m talking about Francis Underwood, played in the series by Kevin Spacey.

The man was set to reprise his role in the series for this final season, but a wrench was thrown into the whole deal when rape and sexual harassment accusations flew at him. Netflix dropped him quickly, and now we are left with a final season without Frank’s presence. In the show, he is dead and his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), has taken the presidency, with the struggle continuing in his absence.

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So how much did Spacey’s absence shape what we are to expect in this last season? Showrunner Frank Pugliese said the following when speaking to Variety:

“No matter what, we were going to explore her turn and what that meant. And so, yeah, Francis Underwood either on screen or off screen is going to be a big part of that story and the end of that story. So his presence is felt, even if he’s not on screen, his presence is felt because it had to be felt. There was no way around that.”

He and co-showrunner Melissa Gibson then spoke to the idea of it being a season where you have many characters vying to occupy the space left by Frank, and that his presence will be felt in show, as his DNA is still very much in the series. But it’s definitely an opportunity for Claire, as Gibson noted:

“She, I think, emerges this season. Maybe the secret sauce of the show is when you’re first watching it, you think there’s one central character, and as the show evolves, you understand that there’s two, and I think she’s emerging this season as as much of a layered antihero as he ever was. She’s no longer in the shadows and that happened the moment she ascended to the presidency. I feel like we get to watch the character grapple with herself and face herself and we get to know her better than we ever have, which was an exciting opportunity.”

What do you think? Will this be enough for you to want to check out the final season? Let us know your thoughts down below!

House of Cards Season 6 hits Netflix on November 2, 2018.

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SOURCE: Variety

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