Paddy O’Dea: ‘Netflix reads public mood to make drama out of crisis’

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Paddy O’Dea: ‘Netflix reads public mood to make drama out of crisis’


From first lady to president: Robin Wright has stepped up to play the main character in ‘House of Cards’ in the absence of Kevin Spacey
From first lady to president: Robin Wright has stepped up to play the main character in ‘House of Cards’ in the absence of Kevin Spacey

Frank Underwood in ‘House of Cards’ was one of the most ruthless (read ‘pathological’) characters to grace our screens in recent years. His Teflon-like ability to weather the storm and boldly manipulate looming dark clouds to his advantage marked him out as a true political survivor.

Netflix, it turns out, has clearly learned a thing or two from its most infamous protagonist in its decisive management of the Kevin Spacey scandal.

The sixth and final season of the series premieres on Netflix this weekend. The trailer set out its position in the most emphatic terms possible. Standing over Frank Underwood’s grave, his steely widow, Claire Underwood, proclaims: “When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard, and when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.”

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