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House of Cards (Season 6)

post #1 of 36
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Halfway decent writing would have ended this show years ago, but Netflix confirms that Season 6 will be the last in the wake of the allegations against Spacey. Some are saying Netflix was already planning to end it, but whatever the impetus the show's got thirteen more episodes.

So, how's it gonna end for Frank? I'm still thinking they do something similar to the end of the UK version, but there's not much that isn't on the table.
post #2 of 36

I wish I hadn't watched the mediocre third season.  The show was thematically and narratively complete at the end of Season 2.  

post #3 of 36

I actually feel like Season 5 was a good offramp for this series.   Claire getting Frank out of office felt like a good ending for him.

post #4 of 36
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I actually feel like Season 5 was a good offramp for this series.   Claire getting Frank out of office felt like a good ending for him.

 

What?  Did this actually happen?

 

Did the writers just start smoking crack halfway through Season 3?

post #5 of 36
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It seems to me the creatives had no idea of what they wanted to do with the show after the initial two season order. I think even those seasons get viewed more leniently than they ought to, though. The bloat and self-seriousness have been there since day one, it's just that Spacey's shtick was fresher back then.

The first season of the U.S. version took more hours of television than the UK version needed for its entire story, and the U.S. version certainly doesn't have any extra depth or sophistication to show for it. It's just way more handsomely produced. The UK version didn't make the mistake of believing it was a prestige drama.
post #6 of 36
So glad I ditched this show. I've compared Frank to Foghorn Leghorn numerous times on this board; it remains accurate.
 
Also, this show was always garbage. Always.
post #7 of 36
Delightful garbage! With admittedly diminishing returns. Neve Campbell is utterly wasted in this. Molly Parker and Colm Feore even moreso.

But goddamn, the image of Claire Underwood sneaking a cigarette almost undoes a smoke-free decade for me.
post #8 of 36

Couldn't bring myself to watch S6, stayed long past its welcome.  

 

And now they're shutting it down, because duh.

post #9 of 36
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Couldn't bring myself to watch S6, stayed long past its welcome.  

 

And now they're shutting it down, because duh.

 

If this was on any other network, they'd be forced to eventually finish what they started. Just too much money put into it. But given the clout and deep pockets Netflix has... they could easily just pull the plug altogether and call it a day. Something that I think will happen.


Edited by FilmNerdJamie - 10/31/17 at 12:17pm
post #10 of 36

End it now.  S5 ended on a solid note, story-wise.

post #11 of 36
I still haven't finished season five.
post #12 of 36
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Can we trade memories?
post #13 of 36
Yes. PM me your credit card info.
post #14 of 36
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Couldn't bring myself to watch S6, stayed long past its welcome.  

 

And now they're shutting it down, because duh.

If they brought it back, it'd be the first time I'd want to see it in a couple of years. I imagine we'd hear Frank having a heart attack off-screen, yelling one final "I DO DECLAYUH!" before dropping dead.

post #15 of 36
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I'd say there's a 50/50 chance they're going to just abandon the show, which would suck for the crewmen who thought they were locked in for six months of work and would do little to punish Spacey. On the other hand, you can't blame anyone for feeling uncomfortable about returning to that set.

The rewrite scenario is plausible too, and anyway it wouldn't be the most inorganic thing in the world, story-wise, to marginalize Frank.
post #16 of 36
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I'd say there's a 50/50 chance they're going to just abandon the show, which would suck for the crewmen who thought they were locked in for six months of work and would do little to punish.

 

I'll take those odds on a straight-up cancellation.  Sexual assault and/or attempted rape/molestation of a child?  Who the fuck wants to work with the guy? 

post #17 of 36

"... and Ted McGinley as Frank Underwood."

post #18 of 36
The show has certainly had its ups and downs, overall its been pretty good. I think some of you are being way to harsh on it, then again I don’t watch much scripted tv. So what the hell do i know.

One thing I do know, no way this show would ever work without Spacey’s character.
post #19 of 36

Show would never work without Spacey.  He was probably the only reason to watch it.

post #20 of 36
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Agreed. My only interest at this point was to see the character's downfall unfold in the most cartoonish way possible.
post #21 of 36
Well, you’re sort of getting that. Just not on the show.
post #22 of 36
Yes, but the fact that his wife Claire is still in power cancels out any kind of downfall.; fictional I mean.
post #23 of 36
Int. Hospital room. Nurse walks past after opening the curtain. Camera slowly zooms on a comatose Durant. Eyes open suddenly with purpose and intent.

A slow building montage of the Secretary of State in her hospital gown shambling across Washington DC. She gets on the elevator. Exits. Opens the door to Underwood looking across to the Whitehouse. She pushes him off the balcony and the camera pov shifts Underwood, he sees Durants smiling face as he falls to the asphalt, until the screen fills with red.

Maybe add some flavor with the BBQ ribs guy doing a selfie with the near exploded corpse of Frank.

Boom, season 6 is still on baby.
post #24 of 36
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Yes, but the fact that his wife Claire is still in power cancels out any kind of downfall.; fictional I mean.

Honestly, if Claire offing Frank to secure her power was the original plan for Season 6 it wouldn't surprise me. I think what Spacey's disgrace has affected is how quickly that will happen. My bet is we're still getting the final season, starring Robin Wright.
post #25 of 36

Netflix dumps Spacey.... and there goes any fleeting interest I had left in the show.

post #26 of 36
I haven't watched since Frank and Claire started their POTUS/VP campaign together.

The show started treading water in a big way, and too early for how long they've dragged it out. Honestly, I started losing interest once Frank was sworn in.

So, I won't miss the show but I feel bad for people now scrambling to try and produce a final season. They should probably just scrap it.
post #27 of 36
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Supposedly they had filmed two episodes before production was suspended. It would be lame if Frank's death occurred off-screen, but Netflix has made it clear that Spacey ain't gonna be walking on their set again.

If it were up to me, Frank would be blown up in the middle of one of his monologues to the audience (because you know they would have filmed at least one), Claire would be revealed to be the one responsible, and the remainder of the season would chronicle Lady Underwood's downfall (or victory, depending on the note they want to end the story on).
post #28 of 36

Honestly, Claire's "My turn" at the end of last season is probably as good a way to wrap this up as anything they can cobble together at this point.

post #29 of 36
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If I'm Netflix I'm backing up a money truck to Lars Mikkelson's front porch to ensure he can be in the whole season. Providing an excellent foil for Claire (beyond all the Underwood chickens coming home to roost) would go a long way toward filling the Spacey vacuum and providing a decent answer to the Why Bother question.
post #30 of 36
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Netflix has announced that production will resume in early 2018. The final season, presumably completely reimagined, will now be eight episodes. Unclear if any Spacey footage will be retained.
post #31 of 36

I doubt they'll use any Frank Underwod footage. My thinking is they'll mention his name here and there and play it as though he retired from politics. Which makes little sense, since Frank and Clair compliment each other so well and it seems like neither one would have gotten to where they are without help from the other.  So who the hell knows what they'll do. 

post #32 of 36
She never pardoned him, so I guess he could just be rotting in jail.
post #33 of 36
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I still like my idea of blowing him up in the middle of an already shot monologue.
post #34 of 36

I predict the first scene is Claire giving his eulogy, and it'll be chockful of the awkward, poorly-written clunkiness this awful show is known for. After that, the next five episodes will revolve around Doug Stamper, who the show has spent way too much time with over the years, despite his character never improving and the viewers never really learning much about him other than the fact that he's "tortured." Meanwhile, Claire will grimace.

post #35 of 36
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Mangy, the lack of wailing opera music in your description is what exposes it as preposterous fan fiction.
post #36 of 36
The British series holds the answer to the Spacey problem. I also like him being blown up mid-monologue.
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