7:19am PT by Jackie Strause
'House of Cards' Trolls Trump's Presidential Alert With Claire-Centric Trailer
House of Cards has a knack for timing when it comes to dropping details about an upcoming season. After releasing empowering footage of the final season just moments before the Christine Blasey Ford-Brett Kavanaugh testimonies kicked off on Sept. 27, the Netflix political thriller has now piggybacked off President Donald Trump’s Presidential Alert text message with the official trailer for its sixth and final season.
"[HOUSE OF CARDS PRESIDENTIAL ALERT] - THIS IS A TEST of Claire Underwood’s National Emergency Alert System," read the headline of a press release sent out to journalists on Monday announcing the new footage. On social media, the trailer's tagline read: "Each one of us has to defend our destiny." (Watch the trailer in the video player, above.)
After confirming the death of Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood in two already-released first looks of the final season, the new trailer that dropped on Monday quickly plows ahead to focus on the new obstacles President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) will be facing once her husband is finally out of the picture.
As the first female president of House of Cards' United States, Claire's "ability to lead" is questioned by the media, challenged by power-hungry political backers (played by Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane) and warned about by her new confidant Mark Usher (Scott Campbell).
"They are trying to strip me of my constitutional power as your commander in chief," Claire says in a public speech. In another scene with Frank's former right-hand man, she tells Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly): "I'm not going to be told what to do anymore, Doug. Not by you or any man, ever again."
Not standing down to the anti-Claire forces that seem to be uniting around her, President Underwood proclaims: "The first female president of the United States is not going to keep her mouth shut." The trailer ends with Doug setting Claire up as the new leader to fear.
House of Cards has a history of wading into the news cycle through its social media account. Netflix dropped a faux-campaign ad for Frank Underwood to promote its fourth season during a televised GOP presidential debate in 2015. The fourth season paralleled Trump's rising star and Hillary Clinton's quest for the presidency in 2016 as Claire's motivations to break the political glass ceiling were gradually being revealed. And the fifth season continued to keep an omniscient eye on Donald Trump, memorably taking to Twitter to comment on his election night victory and continuing to follow the news cycle throughout his first 100 days.
The eight-episode final season returns without former star Spacey, who was fired mid-production over sexual assault allegations, and will focus on Claire's reign from the Oval Office. House of Cards, produced by MRC, launches season six Nov. 2 on Netflix. Head here for all the final season details.