'House of Cards' season 5 release date, spoilers: Michael Kelly doesn't think Doug Stamper can betray Frank Underwood


Season 5 of “House of Cards” may still be a couple of months away but the conversation about what is next for ruthless politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has not really stopped. One of the most prominent speculations in the rumor mill is that after seasons of seemingly being invincible, TV’s current president will be hit by rough patches in the forthcoming installment.

One of the few gripes critics have for the Netflix thriller is that Frank never really encounters a worthy adversary throughout his shenanigans. But events were steered toward a different direction last season when wife and usual collaborator Claire (Robin Wright) showed signs of defiance. This season, Team Underwood is claimed to be suffering more cracks in its foundation as following the first lady, right-hand man and confidant Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) will be turning the tables on him next.

This particular narrative may pose great potential especially with Doug knowing almost all of the shenanigans that Frank did to obtain and maintain his current status. However, if Kelly were to be asked, the scenario just does not seem to sit well with the dynamic between the two.

“Francis is a massive part of his life in so many ways. Those two men trust each other to the ends of the Earth,” Kelly told CNN in a sit-down conversation regarding what is next for his character. “They’re the only two people that each of them could count on. We saw Claire turn on Frank last year. You’ve never seen Doug turn on Frank. We’ve never seen Frank turn on Doug. And they trust each other to the ends of the Earth so that’s where Doug belongs. That’s where he is. That’s where he thrives in life.”

Despite the 49-year-old actor not seeing the said narrative in the cards, that does not necessarily mean that new showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson are not exploring it. More so since the story arc sounds very interesting.

“House of Cards” season 5 has already started production but has not yet nabbed an official premiere date. It is however expected to debut in the first quarter of 2017 just as how it usually does year after year.