Spoiler alert! The 10 Most Shocking Twists in "House of Cards"
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. Check out the creative minds behind this series on THE WRITERS' ROOM: "House of Cards," on Fri., May 2 9PM/8c, and check out this sequential list of surprising twists.
1. Frank Talks to the Camera
The first time we meet Frank, he's breaking the neck of an injured dog, getting his hands dirty in a gesture that sets the tone for the whole series. After that first introduction, Underwood’s soliloquies served as a stylistic twist, continually providing two sides to the story being told: reality vs. what Frank thinks.
2. Zoe Sleeps with Frank
Zoe Barnes blackmails her way into Frank’s circle, scoring the source of a lifetime. That’s why it’s surprising how fast the power shifts in their relationship, forcing her to seduce the senator for more stories. Eventually she calls a spade a spade and tells Frank she doesn’t mind “playing the whore," so long as they don’t pretend there’s anything more between them.
3. Frank Pines for Tim Corbet
When Frank visits his military school alma mater The Sentinel, he and his best buddy Tim Corbet share a quiet moment over a dwindling bottle of scotch. However, it becomes clear the relationship was more than platonic. More surprising still, it seems like Frank never really got over it.
4. Frank Kills Peter Russo
Frank’s quiet murder of Congressman Russo is in keeping with his prior machinations at others’ expense. What sets it apart is the physical act of murder and the utter moral bankruptcy that rockets the series’ main character out of scumbag territory and all the way to the realm of Machiavelli.
5. Raymond Tusk is NOT a VP Candidate
After scheming to displace the Vice President and open the slot up for himself, Frank is infuriated but unsurprised to learn President Walker has once again passed him over, sending him to vet billionaire Raymond Tusk for the job. When Tusk reveals he's the President’s most trusted adviser, Frank realizes he's the one being sized up and his scheming has paid off in full.
6. Frank Kills Zoe
Frank pushing Zoe off a subway platform to her death is downright mind-blowing. Frank’s matter-of-fact disposal of the girl asserted once and for all that the show won’t ever stop its lead from playing for keeps. Especially not when all the double-crossing and deceit makes for a good twist.
7. Claire Reveals She was Raped
When Claire spots General Dalton McGinnis, tears stream down her face. Seeing the queen of composure melt like an ice sculpture is shocking in its own right, but when Claire chooses to share the pain and tragedy of her rape with the world, we catch a glimpse of what it means to turn a well-guarded secret into a political agenda.
8. Frank and Claire Have a Threesome
Though Frank’s bisexuality and the Underwoods’ unconventional approach to monogamy were established, nothing quite prepared viewers for the power couple’s impromptu sexual encounter with bodyguard Edward Meechum. “You needed that,” Claire volunteers to Frank the next morning, suggesting a long history of shared kinky encounters.
9. Rachel Bludgeons Doug
Doug Stamper’s unhealthy obsession with loose end Rachel leads him down a dark path of addiction, jealousy and self-recrimination. Unfortunately, he never can see past his own desires. As she flees and he takes chase, it feels both shocking and inevitable when she slams a large rock against his head thereby escaping him once and for all.
10. President Walker Is Impeached
When Frank’s plans finally come to fruition they spring shut on the guy who wronged him like a steel trap, suddenly tanking the presidency. Before VP Frank knows it he’s the most powerful man in the world, and one of the most interesting characters on TV.
Don't miss the creative minds behind this series on THE WRITERS' ROOM: "House of Cards," on Fri., May 2 9PM/8c.
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