In the Theatre, a common rule of thumb says that one must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. (Something about broken promises…) And in House of Cards, Netflix’s hit political drama, created by a Juilliard-trained playwright and first-time TV writer, the rule is sticking fast. Only everyone is breaking promises and guns are going off regardless—that’s not just a metaphor.
House of Cards gives the most powerful capital city in the world the thriller treatment, cranking up Washington corruption a few notches past Watergate. In the high-stakes world of scheming statesmen, anything can happen, to anyone, for any reason. But what’s the most shocking thing that’s happened so far?