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Your time is up. Yes, you , over there who “really likes” House Of Cards, but hasn’t had the time to get through Season Four yet, we’re talking to you.
It’s been four weeks, people. FOUR WEEKS. That’s long enough. We have been considerate. We have avoided spoilers. We have let others stomp all over your element of surprise. ENOUGH. We’re talking.
You can listen, here:
Here’s a brief summary of what we absolutely need to discuss.
AND REMEMBER. SPOILERS.
“I wanted Frank Underwood and Meecham to run off into the sunset together,” says Rosie.
At the opening of Season Five, we were all wondering if we were going to be seeing more of Meecham and Frank and Claire’s interesting “love” triangle, or squiggly line, or whatever that was back in Season 4.
But, as Jamila says, as soon as we saw Meecham draw his hand on the wall of the White House, and he and Frank share something like a human moment, we knew. He was dead.
And sure enough, when the body count got going in Season Five, Meecham bit the bullet.
Happily, we just saw him pop up on streaming hit Billions. Well, not him, exactly, but the actor who plays him, Nathan Darrow.
Listen to Rosie, Jam and Laura discuss Meecham:
Claire and Frank at war is terrifying.
In their twisted little world, until now at least Claire and Frank were on the same side. But the opening episodes of Season Four put that illusion to rest. Claire leaves Frank and holes up at her mother’s. Then she returns, but only on the proviso that she gets to be the Vice President. Because, of course that might happen.
Actually, as Jamila says on The Binge, it’s perfectly legal that it might, however unlikely.
Then, a curveball. Claire takes a lover, and cue the most awkward breakfast in history, loaded up on the imagery, as Rosie Waterland notes. Sometimes a sliced apple is NOT just a sliced apple.
Doug. Why do we have to have Doug?
Jamila Rizvi, who has worked in politics herself, suggests that the character of weird and creepy Doug is one of the more realistic caricatures on House Of Cards. Which, you know, is terrifying in itself.
But this season, Doug out-Dougs himself when he organises for a man to die so his beloved president might live, and then proceeds to romance – if ‘romance’ could be a word applied to Doug’s creepy stalking – the dead man’s wife. Doug. We don’t like you, or your weird side stories.