'House of Cards' season 5 release date, spoilers: Claire may order Frank's death to fulfill her dream of becoming president

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Season 4 of “House of Cards” ended with Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) planning to get re-elected as the president of the United States, while retaining his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), as his vice president. Now, sources are saying that Claire may have something else in mind as she wants the top seat for herself.

To obtain the presidential seat, Claire will allegedly plot to assassinate her own husband. Reports say Claire won’t be doing the heinous act herself as she will allegedly talk Frank’s right-hand man, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), into doing it.

Incidentally, Mahershala Ali, who plays Remy Danton, talked with The Wrap last month and he said that someone close to Frank would cause his downfall. “Like maybe at some point because he’s the one closest to him, my guess would be [Doug] Stamper,” Ali stated.

It should be noted that “House of Cards” is an adaptation of a British series in the ’90s with the same name. Frank’s counterpart in the original series, Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), died when his wife convinced his own bodyguard to assassinate him. Will fans see the same thing happen this season?

In an interview with CNN last month, Kelly revealed that Doug would never betray Frank. “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.” Is this a misdirection or will Doug remain loyal to Frank?

Meanwhile, it was rumored that Frank might declare martial law in the upcoming season. However, not much information was given on why he would do this. There were also reports circulating saying Spacey might have been behind the departure of showrunner Beau Willimon. However, it should be noted that Willimon left amicably earlier this year.

“House of Cards” season 5 will air sometime next year, with some reports saying that a March 2017 premiere is likely.