The big question going into the fifth season of House Of Cards was, how can the show’s writers top what is going on at the actual White House? And the answer is that if House Of Cards was a sitcom, it would be next to impossible to come up with better material. Luckily for us though, Frank Underwood is a far more fascinating character than Trump will ever be.
When season five gets underway, Underwood is up for re-election and trying his hardest to bury his sordid past that includes financial shenanigans and murder. In an effort to point people’s attention elsewhere, he whips up a bogeyman in the form of terrorist group ICO. You know, deflection. Kinda like what the orange goblin does as well.
It’s not the only time the show mimics the real world. The same goes for when Underwood announces plans to shut America’s borders or when protesters gather outside the White House chanting ‘not my president’.
But more importantly, season 5 has more in common with season 1 and 2 in that it strips away a lot of the sub-plots that made season 3 and 4 feel bloated. Kevin Spacey is back to being as evil as he is charming and Robin Wright is as icy as ever as the couple takes on dashing Republican presidential candidate Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman) and his wife.
The way things are looking now, we might never get to see season 6. If that is indeed the case, then at least House Of Cards went out with a bang.