'House of Cards' Season 6: How Claire Breaks Fourth Wall Will Be 'Exciting' & 'Different'
"House of Cards" went full "Game of Thrones" in Season 5, leaving cliffhangers galore for Season 6.
Netflix has not officially renewed the series yet, but it's only a matter of time. They would not dare refuse the Underwoods, especially the new President Claire Underwood. Season 5 showed Claire (Robin Wright) is as willing to get her hands dirty as Frank (Kevin Spacey), with the season basically killing off or maybe killing off anyone who defied them. (They don't even like when you use the wrong "tone" when complaining about the dead body they left in your home.)
Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese took over as co-showrunners this season, and they talked to TVLine about what happens next for the show's iconic fourth-wall-breaking, now that Claire is the one controlling it. Season 4 ended with Claire looking into the camera alongside President Frank Underwood as he spoke to the viewers, but Season 5 ended with just POTUS Claire looking into the camera to tell us, "My turn."
Gibson: "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]. But I think it's inevitable that that will need to be explored further [in Season 6]."
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."
He argued to TVLine that Frank Underwood broke the fourth wall to campaign for support and seek "allegiance" from viewers, but that's not what Claire will do.
Pugliese: "Claire's needs from the audience are unique to her. We want Francis and Claire to be equal but different."
Hopefully Netflix keeps "House of Cards" to its annual schedule so we get Season 6 around this time next year. There's clearly still enough story for at least one more season, and still plenty of enemies for the Underwoods to try to kill off -- including each other.
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