However, when asked about the show’s portrayal of women in power, Gupta highlights how other shows like “Madam Secretary” have done better. The duo have a host of special interests that pre-death Frank apparently vowed to nurture, but Claire is having none of it (or them). It still had elements from previous seasons. The actors of “House of Cards” are phenomenal, led by Wright as POTUS, they do an excellent job. For starters, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear join the show as Annette and Bill Shepherd, uber-wealthy siblings and old friends of Claire's who also serve as two of her season-long foils. The writers and creators including Beau Willimon, do not disappoint. Robin Wright's character Claire Underwood ascends to the presidency in the series' final season. There are numerous dramas that have challenged the misconception that men are only good in political leadership positions; “Madam Secretary” being one of them, with its portrayal of a female Secretary of State played by Tea Leoni. "You f--king c--t," Claire tells her. Claire views the hatchling as a metaphor for Frank but, instead of squeezing it to death, she (thankfully) sets it free. Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) can't escape men in the White House, let alone her own narrative Image: netflix ... like in the wrenching flashbacks to her childhood. Biography. Specifically, the brief wrenching flashbacks between Claire Underwood’s childhood and present are seamlessly shot and bring tension and development to the central character. The storyline itself is exciting, tense and shocking, “House of Cards” breaks new ground in portraying the enigma that is Claire Underwood. The writers and creators including Beau Willimon, do not disappoint. Whereas the first four season had moments of incredulity, nothing really stacked up to the machinations that got Claire Underwood as vice president and the exceedingly complex exit of Francis Underwood from the White House. reserved.PMC Entertainment. She implies Frank had lost his edge anyway, causing Stamper to fly off the handle. "What if I'm carrying a demon seed or something? The opener picks up several months after Frank’s mysterious death and finds Claire Underwood’s nascent presidency — not to mention her very existence — under siege. "Are you sure this is a good idea?" Take Our Poll If you like TVLine, you'll LOVE our weekly newsletter. On the final episode, there's a tense scene in the Situation Room where Claire hangs up on the Russian president, neglects the advice of all her generals and demands someone bring her the nuclear football. "It's a girl.". Both critics and fans alike hailing Wright’s performance as the president. This paired with an all-female cabinet, shows the barriers “House of Cards” decided to break down in the final season of the hit political show. * Childhood flashbacks confirm the obvious: Young Claire was a chain-smoking badass who was not to be trifled with. © 2020 EHM Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. Critic reviews have been for the most part positive. Well, in classic Underwood tradition, she broke her promise. As fans of the show likely expected, the final chapters include more twists, turns and backstabbing than an M. Night Shyamalan-directed production of "Julius Caesar." Stamper lets the press know Frank left behind a secret, handwritten will that completely excluded Claire. Mom's Allison Janney Opens Up About Anna Faris' Departure, Eve Leaving The Talk After 4 Seasons — Watch Her Emotional…, The Blacklist's Liz Seeks to Destroy a 'Vulnerable' Red in Season 8…. There's Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson), the former secretary of state who faked her own death, fled to Europe and hid out in the alps before eating a bullet from a sniper; journalist Tom Hammerschmidt, who gets shot during a staged home invasion after threatening to look for skeletons in Claire's closets; and political operative Jane Davis (Patricia Clarkson), who crosses the president one too many times, gets an inexplicably severe migraine and abruptly dies. “The case that’s going to change your life is the prosecution of Claire Underwood,” he assures her. Find out everything you need to know without having to sacrifice eight hours of your life! Other major plot points include a Fourth of July assassination attempt, a data-stealing phone app, childhood flashbacks, 25th Amendment drama, a chemical spill in Ohio, an all-female cabinet, potential SCOTUS impeachments, international skirmishes, the secretary of state faking her own death, a secret will & testament, quite a few murders, and even America's first pregnant president. Stamper will go to any lengths to protect his boss and had already taken the fall for Frank's Season 2 murder of journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), but what he wouldn't stand for was Frank tarnishing his own legacy by getting caught trying to murder a sitting president. Showing the greed and corruption in American politics, the show does not disappoint in its final showdown. “Whatever Francis told you the last five years, don’t believe a word of it,” she says in one of her many into-the-camera confessionals. Claire ties up a handful of loose ends by murdering three of her potential threats in the very same episode. Actual governing has never been "House of Cards" strong suit, of course. Claire doesn't much care. The terror is also coming from inside the house. Viewers also never find out if Claire, who endures considerably trauma while pregnant, successfully carries the child to term. This allows Claire to inherit everything on the baby's behalf despite the possibility Frank's not even the father. His death occurred in between Season 5 and Season 6, a result of the actor who played him getting fired in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that ended his career when the #MeToo movement emerged in the fall of 2017. The former chief of staff is wavering, but after Claire trash talks Frank's legacy in public, it motivates him to action. Later, it's revealed that's not true and there's much, much more to the story. It sounds like a compelling story, but Claire Underwood remains an icy, tough-to-read cipher through much of it, despite flashbacks to her childhood and that fourth-wall-breaking, talking-to-the-viewers thing that Spacey once did so well. However, with Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood dead, President Claire Underwood still struggles to escape his shadow in the first few episodes. Claire’s defiant tune begins to change after her caravan comes under fire — allegedly by a disgruntled pro-military nut. “I enjoyed it! But she views it as a literal warning shot from the Shepherds, who desperately need Claire to sign into law a bill that will save their company fistfuls of money. Originally Posted on The Triangle via UWIRE. Thankfully for President Hale -- who has now reverted to her maiden name -- the will didn't exclude Frank's unborn child. Mercifully, there's a bit more to Season 6 than the drama surrounding Frank's death. Does the white house of cards that the Underwoods spent seasons building ever fold? The show’s presentation of diplomacy, bureaucracy, manipulation and, of course, politics is eye opening. As it turned out, Frank didn't take kindly to being double-crossed by his own wife -- so he hatched a scheme to kill her. Regardless, Claire scores sympathy points after revealing her baby bump to the American people, but her own feelings toward the unborn child mostly oscillate between antipathy and fear of giving birth to a mini-Frank. The plan doesn't work. I’m going to tell you the truth.”. The directing and shooting of the show are also sophisticated. Get Toofab breaking news sent right to your browser! Childhood friends with Claire Underwood but recently they became frenemies/mortal enemies. His shrink is on Claire’s payroll. It’s just a baby bird trapped inside the wall (a common problem at 1600 Pennsylvania ave, I would imagine). But the story arc has already begun to run out of steam, says critic Eric Deggans. Is it a murder? Frank's former White House chief of staff and loyal friend Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) learned of his plan. The child turns out to be a girl, but if Claire's Season 6 actions prove anything, it's that the Underwood women can be just as deadly and diabolical as the men. Frank Underwood may be dead and buried, but his spectral presence lives on. The show indeed presents America’s unfound greatest fears of having a woman in the Oval Office. The directing and shooting of the show are also sophisticated. As TooFab revealed Friday morning, Frank Underwood was murdered. (As I pointed out in my Season 6 review, the show wants us to believe that the Underwoods share a deep and complicated history with the Shepherds, but this bit of revisionist history is hard to swallow considering we never heard of them before.). Debuted in 2013, the series was a streaming revolution as the first show made for Netflix. Claire confronts her own uncertainty surrounding her pregnancy in the final episode during a conversation she has with a younger version of herself. “My turn,” were the final words of Season 5, spoken by Claire Underwood — as she now spoke to the audience directly, to tell her story. 19 Netflix Original Series You Didn't Know About, But Should Totally Check Out, 19 Epic Shows to Binge While Waiting for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8. The immediate crisis: Claire refuses to cancel a scheduled appearance at a nearby military base despite receiving an anonymous — yet seemingly credible — death threat. The exact circumstances surrounding his demise serves as a season-long mystery, but early on audiences learn Frank's wife and first female POTUS Claire Hale Underwood (Robin Wright) told everyone that Frank died while they were both asleep in bed. "I had to protect the legacy from the man," he says while starting to break down. Specifically, the brief wrenching flashbacks between Claire Underwood’s childhood and present are seamlessly shot and bring tension and development to the central character. However, one cannot argue that the show’s portrayal of Claire and her fight to destroy the strain of Franks past, is a thrilling storyline. The Reign of Middle-Aged White Men is Over. He grabs a letter opener, holds it up to Claire's neck, and demands she admit Frank is actually the one who "made" her who she is. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. “It’s going to be different between you and me. But Frank’s not done with her yet. In the penultimate episode, after Bill has taken ill, Annette attempts to make Claire miscarry by getting her OBGYN to slip her a labor-inducing drug. So yeah, spoilers ahead. Speaking of which, the Shepherd siblings' strained relationship with Claire takes several interesting turns throughout the seasons -- usually right after the power-hungry billionaires try pressuring Madame President into doing their bidding. They provide the audience with extremely tense and strong acting. * Claire skittishness about shattering the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience died with Frank. But time is precious, the weekend's calling and not everyone has the inclination to devote eight more hours of their life to a show which, frankly, should have ended with Season 5 before everyone even found out Kevin Spacey was a creeper in real life, too.