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Distract Yourself From This Political Hellscape With President Robin Wright in the New House of Cards Trailer

'The Reign of the Middle-Aged White Man Is Over'

Hello friend. Need a distraction from the Kavanaugh hearing before you break your laptop screen with your bare hands? Me too!

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Luckily, Netflix has dropped a new trailer for the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards, giving us all the president we really deserve: Robin Wright in a fierce AF bob telling people that “the reign of the middle-aged white man is over.” Nothing but respect for my president.

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Wright’s Claire Underwood has long been the most compelling character in the series, and in the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, centering the series on her is an obvious and necessary choice. Season five ended with Frank resigning the presidency to his wife/vice president, in the hopes of a political pardon. The final shot was Claire ignoring her husband’s calls, turning to face the camera and saying “my turn”. Having Claire take over the fourth wall-breaking narration was as clear a sign as any that she had usurped Frank Underwood’s power and position in the series.

The trailer finds Claire discussing the first 100 days of her presidency, where she says ‘My first 100 days as president have been difficult. I lost my husband. We were about to celebrate 30 years together. Whatever Francis told you in the last five years, don’t believe a word of it.” The trailer gives us a glimpse of new additions to the series, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear, who play siblings with ties to the Underwoods.

In the wake of the scandal with Spacey, Netflix was poised to cancel the show, but Wright (who is an executive producer on the series) was adamant that it continue. In an interview with Porter, she said, “I believed we should finish. I believed we should honor our commitment. To the people that loved the show, also. Why quit?” Wright expressed concern over the thousands of people who would have lost their jobs had the series been canceled saying, “They printed that it was ‘only’ 600 people out of work, but if you include security, cops, shooting on location in Baltimore, everything, 2,500 people would have been out of a job. And that’s not fair – to take that security away from those people… They didn’t do anything [wrong].”

Wright has kept details on the finale quiet, only saying “It’s pretty wild. I mean, we’re doing an opera. And we went operatic! I don’t know how much more we could have topped ourselves. You’ll be surprised.” No matter where the series ends up, it’s guaranteed that Wright will turn in another powerhouse performance, and I’m excited to see what she can do at the helm of the series.

(via Variety, image: Netflix)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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