Michael Kelly recently dished on why Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) had to experience failures in Netflix’s critically acclaimed political drama “House of Cards.”
Talking to The Wrap, the actor who portrays Frank’s right-hand man Doug Stamper revealed that former showrunner Beau Willimon purposely wanted the duo to lose some of the success and power that they have acquired in the first few seasons.
“I remember Beau telling me for Season 3, he said, ‘I want to see what happens when these characters fail. He’s like, ‘I can write you and Kevin twirling your mustaches forever and destroying everything in your path, but I think it would be I just want to challenge myself. I want to see what happens when they fail,'” he explained.
When they eventually returned to the top in season 4, Kelly felt that the fans were happy to see Frank and his team being back in control. “I think the audience missed that a little bit, so that when they did see us twirling our mustaches again, they were pretty happy,” he added.
Kelly is nominated this year for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category while Spacey got a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Their fellow co-star Robin Wright who plays as Claire Underwood is vying for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award, and the show has a total of 13 nominations this year.
When it comes to the narrative, there are speculations that Frank may find a new lover since his relationship with his wife has been rocky. It is noted that it will be interesting to see how Claire reacts to the situation since the two will have to work closely as the president and vice president of United States.
However, since there is no official confirmation yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.
Season 5 of “House of Cards” is expected to premiere sometime in 2017. Executive producers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese will be the new co-showrunners following Willimon’s exit.