Ladies and gentlemen, we’re back!
It’s been over a year since the triumphant release of House of Cards Season 1, and everyone but their mothers has been on the edge of their seats wondering what was going to happen. Because you know how mothers are…”Who is that now?” “Why did he do that?” “That Kevin Spacey is a real character!”
Perhaps you though that the first episode would be somewhat of a recap of the last season? Wrong. It dives right in where it left off, so my advice would be to give the last couple episodes of Season 1 a view, or at least read some synopses. Because people, it is about to get heavy…real heavy.
If you haven’t seen the episode, I suggest waiting to read this post. Spoilers ahead.
Plot: After clawing his way up from the bottom, Frank of course wants more. He’s tapped for the Vice President nomination since the former VP was convinced to leave his chair for the Governor of Pennsylvania (his home state) due to the death of Peter Russo. Many questions are unanswered about Pete’s death, but one thing is for sure: Zoe Barnes won’t stop asking until it kills her. Frank wants nothing more than to just start fresh with Zoe, but she wants answers. She wants to know that beyond the sleeping around, snooping, writing stories that haven’t even happened yet, she was not partially responsible for the death of Peter Russo.
With her discovering out that Russo was found in the passenger seat of his car at the time of death, this sparks a huge question to be answered. Why? Why not the driver’s seat? Was someone with him? Zoe and Frank decide to meet down in the Subway Station. Frank is reluctant to answer those questions because…well…he was in the driver’s seat. Instead of denying to answer, he just keeps holding the carrot of a fresh start in front of her. Taking everything that was done in the past and leaving it there. But, being Zoe, she won’t accept that for an answer. As Frank is about to leave, Zoe pursues him for answers. As she walks around the corner, Frank grabs her and THROWS HER IN FRONT OF A MOVING TRAIN.
Let me say that again in case the caps didn’t make it clear enough: FRANK GRABS HER AND THROWS HER IN FRONT OF A MOVING TRAIN.
You’re probably are asking yourself: “Wait… this is the first episode! You can’t just kill someone in the first episode!” Well, if you watched the first episode from the last season, you know that Frank has no mercy for things that cause “unnecessary pain.” Thus, he kills a dog that was involved in a hit and run. The only thing different about this situation is that IT WAS A MAIN CHARACTER AND IT WAS IN FRONT OF A TRAIN. Oh, and did I also mention that all of this happened on his birthday?
So the question now is how will Frank handle not only the murder of Peter Russo on his bloody hands, but also the murder of Zoe Barnes? How will he cover all of this up? What is his next move?
As you can tell, Frank is a selfish politician that only cares about people who will help him 100%. If you can’t help, consider yourself neutral or an enemy. But even if you’re in the green, BOOM you’re gone… without a care in the world. He will keep very few people close to him: those who will benefit him for long-term success, and those he really loves.
Huh…sounds like he has a case of the HEISENBERG. But seriously, if you think about all things Frank has done, he definitely can be compared to Walter White from Breaking Bad. I’ll end my post for the week with this picture and my favorite quote of the episode:
“Did you think I’d forgotten you? Perhaps you hoped I had. Don’t waste a breath mourning Miss Barnes, every kitten grows up to be a cat. They seem so harmless at first; small, quiet, lapping up their saucer of milk. But once their claws get long enough they draw blood. Sometimes from the hand that feeds them. For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain there can be no mercy. There is but one rule. Hunt or be hunted.”