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House of Cards Season 6

House of Cards EPs Talk Finale's 'Significant Pivot,' Tease Season 6: 'We're Entering New Terrain'

The following story contains spoilers about the Season 5 finale of House of Cards — proceed at your own peril

Netflix has yet to formally renew House of Cards for a sixth season, but if the political thriller does, as expected, return for another term, rest assured that Robin Wright’s newly-minted POTUS will be tearing down the proverbial fourth more much more frequently.

Discussing Season 5’s final moment, in which Claire looks into the camera and declares, “My turn,” exec producer Melissa James Gibson all but confirms to TVLine that Francis’ other half will be addressing the audience more in a potential Season 6. “We were trying, in a disciplined way, to navigate that shift at the end of last season [when Claire first talked to the camera] and not overplay it [this season],” says Gibson. “But I think it’s inevitable that that will need to be explored further [in Season 6].”

Adds fellow EP Frank Pugliese: “The question is going to be how. I don’t think she’s going to do it the way Francis did it. How she does it could be really exciting.”

Whereas Kevin Spacey’s Francis uses the direct address to “campaign” for support and seek “allegiance” from viewers, “Claire’s needs from the audience are unique to her,” shares Pugliese. “We want Francis and Claire to be equal but different.”

Assuming House of Cards does get a sixth season (which, let’s face it, is a very reasonable assumption), how much longer do Gibson and Pugliese see the series continuing? “It’s not entirely up to us,” Gibson concedes, before acknowledging that the show is “new terrain” creatively.

“It’s a significant pivot at the end of Season 5,” Gibson notes, referring to Francis’ deliberate decision to hand the Commander in Chief reins over to Claire and exit politics (in the traditional sense). “We’re saying that there’s power beyond the power. That’s a radical thing for the show to say that there’s power beyond the presidency. That’s been the be-all and end-all for five seasons. I think there’s definitely more to dig into there.”

Ultimately, House of Cards “is a show about a unique marriage,” muses Pugliese. And “until one, or both, of them is dead,” Gibson chimes in with a laugh, “You [still] have a show.”

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10 Comments
  1. Cate says:

    Robin Wright slaying it on House of Cards AND Wonder Woman is a fabulous thing! :)

  2. Lisa says:

    Robin Wright is amazing. Can’t stop watching her. Her and tom was shocking. Wow

  3. I think next season needs to be it’s last as it is getting increasingly less believable (POTUS pushing SOS down the stairs) and they are running out of compelling stories.

  4. Jennifer Mendoza says:

    Keep keep house of cards going!! do not stop this show, it is sooooo great!!

  5. June case says:

    I’ve never really liked politics ,try to watch or read just enough to vote every 4 years. I have to say this show has caught my undivided attention. I couldn’t stop binge watching it until all 5 seasons were done. I think the writers and all the cast were absolutely phenomenal, most especially Kevin spacey . Wow , it is delightfully delicious and highly entertaining. I hope to see more of the story!!

  6. ragnar51 says:

    Loving the show but I’m one of those that has a hard time telling who’s bs’ing who. So good to see Patricia Clarkson back at work , perfectly cast for the character she plays!

  7. Joanne says:

    Truly enjoyed earlier seasons…couldn’t wait for each new season to start. The show HAD some substance…lots of interesting characters. Now many of the most interesting characters have been eliminated and the show is boring. Also, don’t like Claire sharing what use to be “interesting comments” with the audience solely by Kevin Spacy. She’s suppose to be the woman behind the man. Now she struts around as though she is leading Kevin Spacy by the nose. Losing interest…too late for this season. Also think the mutual agreement for Claire to have her play thing in the white house is misplaced. Quality of writing for this show is suffering. Many friend I know expressed the same observations.

  8. Lisa Echerd says:

    Another formally great show that has lost it. The show has always had many flawed characters but there were people you could root for. You often were taken into their backgrounds to see what made them tick. Not in Season 5. The only likable character was Tom Hammerschmidt. Otherwise, I didn’t really care what happened to any of them. LeAnn tried her best to be likable but the actor had nothing to work with, no decent backstory that made us root for LeAnn or care that she is presumably another dead body in the wake of the Underwoods. Since I’ve never cared that much for Claire, this new turn doesn’t impress me and I think it is insulting to put her in the White House so we can finally have a woman president. She has no qualifications whatsoever. This is not entertaining; it’s just a formerly great show trying to top itself season after season.