In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Michael Kelly talked about his Emmy nomination for playing Doug Stamper and spoke about his experience working on House of Cards.
The publication is doing a special series on Emmy nominees and Kelly was part of that. In the interview Kelly was aware of how, many people thought Stamper was a "creepy dude" and also talked about contentious moments on the show, especially after season 2 when Stamper was presumed dead by most. The actor was generally tight-lipped about the next chapter of the show and wouldn't give away any spoilers, but he did obliquely address a rumor about him being killed off in the next season. When asked how he would like to see Stamper go out on the show, Kelly made it very clear that he would not like to see that happen at all.
"I don't know, man, I don't want him to," he said. "This is the greatest job I've ever had, Doug Stamper is the greatest gift I have ever been given as an actor. I love playing him, I love going to work everyday, here we are in season 4 and I love going to work just as much as I did first day of season 1 and that says a lot."
The actor did suggest, though, that he was in someway at the mercy of the creators of the show.
"I am somewhat of a fatalist anyway," Kelly laughed while suggesting that as he read the script for any episode, he'd just be glad to see that Stamper made it.
Season 4 is set to return in 2016.
Watch the interview with Kelly: