5 Ways 'House of Cards' Could Kill Off Frank Underwood
What's the future for Kevin Spacey's disgraced former POTUS now that Robin Wright has taken the reins?
**Spoilers for House of Cards ahead if you aren't caught up with the show.**
Today's announcement that House of Cards will deliver a sixth and final season without embattled producer and star Kevin Spacey might surprise you. However, with the series already turning over more screen time to Robin Wright in recent seasons, it should be a fluid transition. In fact, it almost seems as if Netflix, who produces the series, had all this planned. The final words of Season 5 are "My turn," as Claire speaks to the camera a la Frank and prepares to take over the presidency of the United States.
Kevin Spacey is, of course, currently a persona non grata at Netflix after multiple allegations of sexual assault, some against minors, were made public in October of this year. His career in ruins, Spacey is suspended and out of the loop on House of Cards, and that means one thing: Frank must be killed off.
Netflix says Season 6 will feature eight episodes and "bring closure of the show for fans." That's a nice thought, but all we really want to see now is the death of Frank Underwood. There's nothing like a good TV death. Netflix says Spacey will not appear on the series again so don't expect any final showdown. If Frank is killed off, it'll happen with his back to the camera, or off-screen. How could they do it? Hmmmmm.
1. Push him in front of a train
Frank shocked everyone by murdering hotshot Zoe Barnes in gruesome fashion at the start of Season 2. After meeting with her in secret at a subway station, Frank grabs her and shoves her in front of an oncoming train. He deserves a fate just as awful. It would be poetic justice if Claire gave him a little nudge. Shot from behind, the show wouldn't need Spacey to do it.
2. Stage a suicide
Frank would never kill himself, but his death needs to be seen as an accident or illness. Staging a suicide is a tried-and-true Frank method of assassination so it would also be a poetic way for him to go out. Maybe Doug could be the one to set it up, but this would likely be a Claire job. After all, she just dispatched Tom Yates with a poisoned whiskey.
3. Assassinate him the old fashioned way
Watching a play (Hamilton, perhaps?) from a Broadway box, an assassin breaks in, shoots Frank in the head and leaps to the stage screaming "Sic, semper, tyrannis!" Not believable? How about: Waving from a motorcade, Frank is shot by a magic bullet that pierces his back, makes a U-turn, and hits him again in the throat, killing him. Police chase the suspect through the book depository, and later find him at a movie theater. Of course, Frank is no longer president, but it would've been perfect to bring Lucas Goodwin back to kill him. Alas, it already happened, and Frank survived.
4. Viktor Petrov poisons him
He's the House of Cards version of Vladimir Putin so why not use Putin's reported favorite method of assassination on the former U.S. president? And don't forget Petrov has an eye for Claire so this could also be a crime of passion. I'm all for a post-Frank Viktor/Claire rendezvous while we're at it. It gets cold in Russia.
5. Blaze of glory
The current state of things is this: Frank is pissed. He had an agreement with Claire to resign, make her president, and she would, in turn, pardon him during her national address. That didn't happen. Season 5 ended on that note so, heading into Season 6, Frank is a complete wild card. If he tries to harm Claire, the secret service will defend her, and take him down. Of course, we'd need the participation of Spacey to make this scene happen. It's unlikely, but I'd love to see Frank go down in a hail of bullets like Scarface.