Why Robin Wright’s Promotion in ‘House of Cards’ is Significant

"The reign of the middle-aged white man is over." Claire Underwood takes the reins of the United States with no holds barred.
Friday 28 September 2018
Claire Underwood stands tall on 'House of Cards' final season. Photo: Netflix

House of Cards trailers have always sent tingles down spines. The recent trailer for the sixth and final season is no different, except that this time, we see Claire Underwood at the helm instead.

Claire opens with “My first 100 days as president have been difficult. I lost my husband. We were about to celebrate 30 years together. Whatever Francis told you in the last five years, don’t believe a word of it.”

Fans have been given a peek into the highly anticipated season to see how the show finds new legs to stand on after the departure of former star Kevin Spacey, who played president Frank Underwood. He was fired mid-production over sexual assault allegations.

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Though the show had already been headed in the Madame President direction, the confirmed death of Frank Underwood means that the spotlight is on Claire. Photo: Netflix

Not very many other shows have given the entire spotlight to a female president, aside from Veep. It will be interesting to see how this political drama handles a character who, personality-wise, is almost a carbon copy of the main male character.

As she has done all series long, Wright’s character stands tall and composed despite her own issues; some vestigial problems caused by Frank and others her own.

We even see a sneak peek into a possible assassination attempt on Claire with many people out to see her taken out of office. It seems she is not popular with everyone.

The season looks to be a thrill-packed, fast and hard ride to the very end. Claire caps it off with an enigmatic “It’s going to be different with you and me.”

The eight-episode final season launches 2 November on Netflix.