How Kevin Spacey Killed Claire Underwood
November 3, 2018 by Jack Anderson
House of Cards
House of Cards' final season has been streaming since only one day, and already, the reviews are in. And the result is far from being positive. Some are referring to the final episode as "the worst finale ever," while some others say that the series "will go down in infamy."
Let's go back a bit, shall we?
At the end of the fifth season of House of Cards, all the elements were in place to conclude the series in the best of ways. Claire was just sweared in office and already she would no longer takes Francis' phone calls. Alone in a hotel room facing the White House, he would already plot his next move, which may be killing her. As an audience, we would witness their final full frontal confrontation. But instead of that, Kevin Spacey allegedly molested too many men until the house of cards actually fell. His own house of cards. In a way, this is highly ironic, as the man's career fell at the exact same time as the career of Francis Underwood. What is also very ironic, is that Spacey tried to make a typical Underwood move by taking people by surprise and announcing, in the midst of this personal crisis, that he was a gay man. This was October 30, 2017, the last public message from Spacey, at least at the time of this article.
"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closes to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
Unfortunately for him, the message was a total public screw-up.
And the artistic result is here. A truly awful final season. And a totally irrelevant series finale. I don't have many things to say on this series finale, to be honest. Because a series finale, in a series with such continuous format, should deliver on the preparation of an entire season, if not an entire series. And a truly perfect ending should even take place before the series finale. A series finale should merely be similar to coda from classical music. Let's take two examples:
- Breaking Bad. The dramatic events take place during Ozymandias. The next two episodes would be the coda.
- Six Feet Under. The dramatic event takes place in Ecotone. The next three episodes are the coda.
In House of Cards, nothing of the sort. There is no epilogue whatsoever.
Even half into the episode, the elements are still not in place. This leaves no chance for any proper artistic closure. All take place in the last nine minutes. Doug confesses that he killed Francis. Then Claire kills him. She looks at the camera, that's it. End of story.
This is really a disgrace to end such a great series in the gutter. But this simply proves that the series was sitting on the shoulders of Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood alone. As Claire mentions during the episode, his voice was spectacular. I could even hear the word "spectacular" coming up from his mouth. The other characters such as Claire and Doug (and all the irrelevant newly added second characters) had virtually no chance. This was a failed mission from the start.
Fans of the show can only deeply miss Kevin Spacey, he was - and still is - a wonderful actor, one of the best from his generation. It's like losing Marlon Brando, but the worst thing is that Kevin Spacey is not dead. His behavior killed his career and beyond that, killed House of Cards. In a way, Kevin Spacey totally succeeded to kill Claire Underwood. That is psychologically mind-blowing as well as deeply sad at the same time.
Since the series did not have an epilogue, this article will. Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood succeeded to kill Claire Underwood. And watching the series in that regards can be seen as the ultimate bigger than life finality. The ultimate and complete finality of the political move. It's even beyond politics. Francis Underwood went behind the camera and screwed Claire from behind the scenes.
In psychology, this is called rationalization. And we won't apologize for it. As Claire mentioned in the pilot episode, "my husband never apologizes to anyone. Even to me."
on 2018-11-04 14:59:40 ET
A very interesting review.