The highly anticipated fourth season of House of Cards is only a week away. Along with picking up after an exciting finale, this season marks the last for the show’s creator, Beau Willimon. While Willimon did not make an appearance at the red carpet premiere, several members of the cast had a few kind words to share for the departing showrunner.
The House of Cards premiere appropriately took place this past week in Washington, D.C. According to the Hollywood Reporter, most of the main cast members were in attendance, including Kevin Spacey, Nathan Darrow, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Derek Cecil, Neve Campbell, and Elizabeth Marvel.
“I feel so blessed that audiences around the world have proven such loyal and passionate viewers,” Spacey shared. “I can’t wait for them to get a look at season four.”
Several cast members noted Willimon’s absence from the event and credited his support for making the show so successful. This included Cecil, who explained how he leaned on Willimon during his early days on set.
“He was the first person I connected with when I got on set,” Cecil stated. “It was completely overwhelming and intimidating, but I sat down with Beau and then went into the scene. It was a really great moment.”
For his part, Kelly added that Willimon will be missed next season and complimented the creator for his work both on and off set.
“I’m going to miss him. Not only is he one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my life, but he is one of my heroes, one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet,” he said.
Producers have yet to announce Willimon’s replacement for the fifth season of House of Cards.
Meanwhile, House of Cards is set to pick up after a drama-filled Season 3. Fans last saw Frank Underwood gearing up for his re-election while his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), decided to leave him. With his life and career beginning to fall apart, Darrow promised that more blood will be spilled this season.
“Fans should be excited for more of the brilliant villainy of Frank and more of the bloodshed that flows in his wake,” Darrow revealed.
At the same time, Marvel hinted that the new season would continue to dive deeper into the characters, all of whom are facing their own set of challenges.
“I think the appeal, and the success of the show in general, is that it is Shakespearean in the way they unpack these characters,” Marvel explained. “They keep unfolding, both dark and light.”
The only challenge for the show moving forward is keeping up with the real antics of the 2016 presidential race. According to the Telegraph, the series might have a difficult time accomplishing this task, especially considering all the real-life drama that continues to unfold in the political realm.
Even more, last season was not amongst the show’s best, which means it will need to really ramp things up this season. Fortunately, the series has Frank Underwood at its disposal, who is at his best with his back against the wall. This is exactly where the character finds himself in the new season: vying for a second term while attempting to reconcile with Claire, potentially his biggest enemy.
Along Frank’s road to redemption, fans can expect plenty of twists and unexpected cameos. Considering the promise of “more bloodshed,” there’s no telling what extremes Frank is willing to go to meet his end goals. While it may not mirror Washington politics in real life, it is good to know that House of Cards is only make-believe.
The fourth season of House of Cards is set to stream on Netflix on March 4.
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