6:48am PT by Jackie Strause
'House of Cards' Final Season Trailer: "My Husband Is Dead"
The reign of the middle-aged white man is over on House of Cards.
The new President Underwood, Claire (Robin Wright), says as much in the trailer for the sixth and final season of Netflix's political thriller, which dropped on Thursday.
The first peek at the anticipated final season provides a telling look at how the series handled the departure of former star Kevin Spacey, who was fired mid-production over sexual assault allegations. A previously released clip from the season had confirmed that Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, was indeed written out of the show with a death, and the trailer sheds light on what Claire's presidency looks like with Frank finally out of her life for good.
The trailer opens with Claire giving a public speech where she acknowledges that the first 100 days of her presidency have been difficult. "I lost my husband, we were about to celebrate 30 years together," she says, assuming the role of the grieving widow.
She breaks the fourth wall, however, to tell the audience: "Here's the thing, whatever Francis told you the last five years? Don't believe a word of it. It's going to be different for you and me."
She then drops the act, for viewers only. The fourth-wall break was a common practice from Frank, who often shared his inner monologue with the audience. Claire, however, only spoke to the audience in season five, including when she announced that it was her turn to run the Oval Office as the final words of the season. The scenes in the trailer imply that Claire will have much more to share with viewers in season six.
The trailer also shows the first glimpses at key returning and new characters, including Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) and Mark Usher (Scott Campbell). Janine Skorksy (played by Constance Zimmer) is back and is shown reuniting with her former journalist colleague Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver), a dogged investigator of the Underwoods. And the Shepherds, a D.C. power-player family played by show newcomers Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear and Cody Fern, try to collect on some old Underwood debts. "Your husband and I had an agreement," Bill (Kinnear) tells Claire. To which she responds, "My husband is dead."
The new footage also answers a burning question leftover from season five: Secretary of State Cathy Durant (Jayne Atkinson) is alive and seems to have recovered from a near-death fall instigated by Frank.
Will Claire's sins catch up to her in the end? "You thought you got away with it all, Claire, but that remains to be seen," she is warned.
The eight-episode final season of House of Cards, which is produced by MRC, launches Nov. 2 on Netflix. Watch the trailer in the video player above.
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