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After Kevin Spacey faced allegations of sexual assault last year, Netflix made the decision to drop the actor from House of Cards.

The political drama featured him as the main character, so fans were concerned how the newest season would play out.

And after watching the first five episodes of season six, I can honestly say that his termination was the best thing to happen to the series.


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House of Cards has been a masterful twist of legal strategy and sinister plotting, exposing the underbelly of politics the public never sees.

After Francis Underwood secured the presidency at the end of season two, critics thought the following three seasons became a grasping at straws, trying to find a new goal for the man who finally achieved what he wanted.

However, others believe that they were necessary and highlighted the dangers of corruption, for they explored the possibility of a criminal in as commander-in-chief of a nation. How would he keep his position?

His downward spiral into the depths of worse and worse crimes, in my opinion, showed that this corruption cannot be sustained in a position of power – eventually, you’ll be found out (or in this case murdered).

But the real focus should have been on Claire's rise from background co-star to forefront leader.


Failure is impossible. -Susan B. Anthony

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So, where does this leave us in season six?

Claire Underwood is president and steps up to fill Spacey’s shoes. Actually, not fill his shoes because that would ensue she is merely a replacement when in actuality she dominates the lead in a way he never could. She fills the screen with stigma-shattering power.

The opening scene begins with Claire sitting in the oval office at the president’s desk while two men stand in front of her, telling her what she should do.

From the start, we know the newest season isn’t just going to pit Claire’s strength against the presumed authority of men, but it means so much more amidst the current sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.

It’s time for women to step forward and refuse to be “managed” – that’s the word she uses throughout her role. Claire says men have tried to manage her her whole life and instead of blatantly putting them in their equal place, she takes them on Underwood style.

Through a series of well thought out moves, Claire plays into the common beliefs that everyone around her has – “a grieving widow is not fit for office” and “women are too emotional to be involved in war strategy, let alone have the nuclear button”.


Don’t worry and definitely do not question her.

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She plays the role so well that even I became frustrated with her actions. For while she chillingly breaks the fourth wall to promise us her honesty, we still remain in the dark when it comes to her grand plan.

It’s not until the fifth episode that everything falls into place and her mastery is revealed. And I felt my conviction for, at times, falling into the stereotypical trap. Of course, Claire is the smartest character to hit the screens, she knows exactly what people want to believe and how to use it against them.

Although reviews have been mixed about the newest season, everyone seems to agree that Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) shows unparalleled talent in her role – as if it was who she was born to play.

My advice is to re-watch the last season or at least a few episodes before you start season six, for they bring back a few far off characters that I had forgotten about.

And be sure to accept the newly introduced iconic Shepherd duo. Their roles are brilliantly thought out and needed as Claire’s arch enemies. Bill Shepherd is the entitled white man we all want to punch in the face, and Greg Kinnear portrays him perfectly.

And even if you feel lost among the first four episodes, stick through it until the end of the fifth. You won’t be disappointed, for there is nothing more satisfying then when everything clicks into place – especially when it’s for a character you’ve been rooting for.



Hello, Madam President…

Yes, it's finally her turn in the Oval Office.

Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood is making her mark on the presidency In newly released first-look images from Netflix for 'House of Cards.'

The sixth and final season will revolve around Wright’s Claire in the Oval Office, having taken over the reins from her husband, Frank. We don't yet know how the team will have written Kevin Spacey, who played the scheming politician and president during the first five seasons out of the show – and had filmed the first three episodes of the new series – before Netflix severed ties with the actor. 

The actor was forced off the show late last year amid several sexual harassment allegations that came to light. Since then, he has all but left public life but after stalling production on the show for a number of weeks, Netflix announced the would continue, with Wright taking over the storyline. 

So, now, rightfully, it is her time to shine.

Wright has earned five Emmy nods for her formidable work on the drama and fans are eagerly anticipating her chance to step into the central character. Wright, who has been credited with taking the character from mere arm candy to one who carried equal weight with that of the lead actor, steadily grew to be as popular as Spacey's Frank over the course of the show's run.

Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as well as Cody Fern join Wright this season alongside Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson and more.

We can't wait.    



It looks like House of Cards actress Robin Wright and her ex-fiancé, Ben Foster have decided to give their engagement another go!

Although it had been reported that the Hollywood couple had decided to go their separate ways back in November, recent photos of the couple at Armani’s fashion show in Paris would prove that things are back on track!

The couple also walked the red carpet together at The Golden Globes earlier this month, sparking rumours that their engagement was very much back on.

Ben and Robin first got engaged in January 2013, two years after meeting on the set of the movie, Rampart

News of their reconciliation comes not long after it was reported that Robin's ex, Sean Penn, with whom she has two children has begun the process to adopt his current girlfriend, Chalize Theron's son. 

Now that is one A-list family tree! 



There is shock in Hollywood today as House of Cards star Robin Wright has ended her engagement to Ben Foster.

The couple were first believed to be engaged when Robin was spotted with an engagement ring last January, but sources now say she realises “it wasn’t the right decision” to get married. 

Ben and Robin met back in 2011 on the set of the movie, Rampart

Robin, who starred as Buttercup in cult movie The Princes Bride, was previously married to actor Sean Penn with whom she has two children, 23-year-old Dylan and Hopper, who is 21-years-old.   



Sean Penn’s daughter, Dylan, is really making her way in the fashion world – the 23-year-old has just been snapped up by Premier Model Management.

Dylan Penn, who is also Robin Wright’s daughter, has been modelling for a while and was even rumoured to be romantically involved with Robert Pattinson.

Her new modelling contract is already opening up doors as she has already been signed up to do a spread for Elle magazine.

Dylan is not the only famous face at Premier Model Management, as Foxes’ Chloe Norgaard and Tallulah Harlech also work for the modelling agency.




Dylan Penn is not only the daughter of two-time Oscar winning actor Sean Penn, she is also the daughter of House of Cards‘ leading lady, Robin Wright.

As she is set to make her movie debut in horror film, Condemned, we wonder if she is feeling the pressure of being the daughter of such successful actors!

Her mother, Robin, who plays the calculating Claire in House of Cards, was also Princess Buttercup in the 80’s cult film, The Princess Bride.

With such strong acting genes in her blood, we reckon Dylan is going to become a very familiar face indeed!

Dylan, who is 22, will be starring in the lead role of the indie horror flick which sees residents of a building try to kill each other after their rubbish gives them an infection.

It will begin shooting in New York in April and is directed by Eli Morgan Resner.

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