Book Versus Show: 'House of Cards' | HuffPostI just watched the last five minutes of the last episode of House of Cards , season 4. We no longer have to wait remember waiting? Netflix has unleashed the entire season at once, as is the custom in our new era of media gluttony. But this is honestly how the fourth season of House of Cards ends, as far as I can tell. This is your last chance to abandon this post and watch the show like a normal human being. By which I mean spending the entire weekend binge-watching 13 hours of television. I assure you that this is not a game of chicken.
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This article contains spoilers through the Season 6 finale of House of Cards. I have no patience for useless things. Moments like this require someone who will act, who will do the unpleasant thing, the necessary thing. She has just stabbed him in the belly with a letter opener after he nearly slit her throat with it. His eyes close.
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He dies off-screen before the first bit of new footage pops up, of course, but his name is spoken aloud several times by the players who remain. President Claire Underwood Robin Wright was supposedly the last person to see him alive, while his right-hand-man Doug Stamper Michael Kelly constantly suggests via his covert words and actions that he believes otherwise. Instead, it was Doug. The trusted assistant killed his old boss by spiking his medication because he found out that Frank was going to kill her. Doug, meanwhile, is there on behalf of the wealthy and powerful Shepherd siblings, Bill Greg Kinnear and Annette Diane Lane , who have decided to play their final card against Claire.
I had no idea that book would change my life so completely. A quarter of a century later, it is still doing that, changing my life, never knowing what to expect. It created waves and even a little outrage. At every twist and turn since then, the murderous Francis Urquhart--whom I call FU--has been at my side. Years later an intern at Media Rights Capital, an independent studio, recommended the series to the studio's co-founder, who optioned the rights to House of Cards , eventually leading to a Netflix deal for two seasons, sight unseen.
And who better than Michael Dobbs to clear them, and sort them out, right? Well lucky for us the acclaimed author revealed the 4 major differences in the U. In the book, the protagonist is known as Francis Urquhart who is a Scottish aristocrat, however in the television series the title role portrayed by actor Kevin Spacey, is Francis J. The two characters do align in their search to get out of their current situations. Her character was the inspiration behind Zoe Barnes, who unfortunately met her maker in the Season 2 premiere. However, while both journalists, these two characters differ greatly, in addition to being much more aggressive both professionally and sexually, Mattie has a conscience whereas Zoe has none. There is no Claire in the book.