Entering its fifth year, “House of Cards” continues to stretch the Underwoods. And while Kevin Spacey’s Frank and Robin Wright’s Claire are both interesting on their own, a third dimension in Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper ups the crazy in the political thriller.
Doug’s involvement in anything that Frank does almost makes him an honorary member of the two-person family. But his detachment from the husband-and-wife duo makes him much more complex in a way that makes him just go the distance for the show’s POTUS.
Kelly chalks up his character’s blind loyalty and over-the-top antics to his addiction to Frank. So much that he was willing to take someone else’s life for his employer which was very evident in season 5. But Doug’s withstanding faithfulness to Frank is not the only obsession he has had throughout the years. Fans remember his creepy fascination with Rachel Brosnahan’s Rachel and a new budding one in Wendy Moniz’s Laura.
Now, after what seems to be a plethora of roles played on “House of Cards” alone, along with his second Emmy nod, Kelly is excited to see what else Doug could possibly do for the sake of his various fixations.
“I love going to work. It is the greatest job I’ve ever had,” the 47-year-old recently told Deadline. “You know, to feel that way at the start of season five, to feel the same I did when I started season one, it just says so much.” He also added that despite original showrunner Beau Willimon bidding the show goodbye, they are in very good hands with senior writers Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson.
While Kelly was eager to share the off-screen vibe for the production of “House of Cards,” which has already started for season 5, he became a bit cagey when asked about the future of the show. More so when asked about the prospect of eventually continuing the show even after Frank.
“I don’t know, because I feel like there have always been radical changes in this show. As we’ve gone along, you know, crazy s*** happens all the time,” Kelly cleverly said. “I feel like any big changes that have happened on the show, it’s always well-warranted or well-deserved, that the audience will get it. They might have to wait longer than on your typical TV show, but they will bring you back.”
There have been rumors of the ruthless politician finally biting the bullet sometime soon as the list of enemies he has grows longer. Add to that his near-death experience last season which put the nation on precarious grounds. Original creator Michael Dobbs has already tinkered with the possibility of branching out to other characters which pose the possibility of Frank’s imminent death.
No official return date has been set for “House of Cards” season 5 but fans can expect it to be available on Netflix around March of next year.