Although viewers are still catching up with Season 4 of the Netflix political thriller, anticipation for the next chapter is already taking over. Even though it's very early in the process, some information about the next chapter has trickled through.
The latest about Season 5 comes from Michael Kelly, who plays the part of Doug Stamper in the series. Doug is very much part of Frank's (Kevin Spacey) inner circle and through the latest chapter his loyalties were only strengthened.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Kelly dished about his character arc and the weaknesses of Doug which might play into Season 5 of House of Cards. Even after four seasons, Kelly believes getting the part of playing Doug is one of the best things that happened to him.
Kelly revealed that portraying Doug was "hands down, the greatest gift I have ever been given as actor."
"Here's a total gem: I get to play this guy and say these words. To know that I love going to work every day... after four years! It's the greatest job I've ever had," he said.
Kelly went on to talk about what motivates Doug to do what he does and his "serious addiction issues."
"Doug is so much based on addiction," said Kelly, "from alcohol to Rachel to Frank, it's something he has to have: tunnel vision. His loyalty to Frank is a byproduct of his loyalty to his job. When he failed, he saw another life he could have with his family and his brother, with a job that would take him elsewhere and Hawaii, to an easier life. He could do it, but it didn't make him tick."
He also went on to defend his character's actions, saying that Doug was "not a bad guy. He does bad things. He's a complicated guy with serious addiction issues."
In other updates, Joel Kinnaman, who plays the part of Will Conway, is most likely going to be back. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnaman revealed that he had signed on for a few episodes in the next chapter as well. Neve Campbell, who played Leanne Harvey the strong opponent for Micheal Kelly's Doug Stamper, should also be back as there was no conclusion to her storyline in Season 4, leaving great possibility of her return. As for Yates's (Paul Sparks)-Claire's (Robin Wright) new lover-return in Season 5, it's a fifty-fifty chance.
Recently, in its prediction of what lies ahead, The Hollywood Reporter suggested that possibility of Claire and Yates romance going strong only if Frank (Kevin Spacey) finds a companion. The second rather brutal possibility according to the publication is that Frank gets rid of Yates.
Another publication that has been speculating what might lie ahead is The Independent. According to the review, the liberal pretence of Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood is wearing thin and their conservative side, especially when it comes to actual legislation is getting dangerously strong. The critic suggests that things might spiral out of control in that regard and the Underwoods might end up running a government like George W. Bush. This would mean fans should prepare for more blood and gore, and war positive policy.
Another major change which will really influence the direction the show might take is the fact that with Season 5, House of Cards is getting new showrunners.
Netflix has chosen two of the senior writers, Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, who have been working on the show since 2014, to replace current showrunner Beau Willimon. In a press statement, the show's Executive Producer Kevin Spacey introduced the two as the new showrunners of the series.
"I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on House of Cards and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on Season Five," he said. "We and the rest of the House of Cards writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood," said Gibson and Pugliese."
In January when the announcement of the renewal of the series for another season, it was revealed that Willimon was on his way out.
Season 4 of House of Cards is set to return on March 4.
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