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I'm asking around to see what other admins thought about the last season. To be honest, it was a slighlty disappointing conclusion in my opinion. To sum up my thoughts: I didn't like Claire's strategy of taking on her adversaries, characters like Womack, Sharp and Birch just disappeared, and while I found the Shepards interesting, their late introduction to the plot felt a little hamfisted compared to other wealthy opponents the Underwoods clashed with, such as Raymond Tusk.
Idk, the escapades stopped feeling plausible in later portions of the show and that was well before Spacey's firing. Still my favorite political TV show but I'm not very satisfied with how it ended.
I was very disappointed with the finale and the final season in general. I was really looking forward to it, and I was hoping it would prove the naysayers wrong and show that Robin Wright could hold the show without Spacey, but the writing just wasn't up to par.
The first two episodes of the season were decent enough, but episodes 3-6 were very confusing. The character motivations weren't entirely clear for me, particularly Doug's. There was so much manuevering and backstabbing that I started to get a little lost. Maybe when I rewatch it (I rewatch the whole show every Christmas) I'll like it more.
Episode seven was my favorite of the season because it felt like there was finally some momentum to the season. I liked some of the things they were setting up for the finale, and then the finale ended up being the most unsatisfying thing ever. Nothing was tied up or felt conclusive even in the slightest.
I wish Claire had died in the finale. I don't want that to sound hateful or anything, because I do like Claire as a character, but for the sake of closure, it would've been a pretty dark and appropriate ending for pregnant Claire to die alongside Doug in the oval office.
And I wish they had gotten rid of the Russians this season. I mean, I like Viktor Petrov as much as the next person, but this is the fourth season in a row that the Russians have been in the show and considering the stuff going on in real life with US/Russian relations, I feel like it would've been a great opportunity to bring in some other country or some other foreign leaders instead of trying to find another way to shove in the Russians somehow.
Overall, easily the weakest season of the show (I'd rank them 2>1>4>3>5>6), but nontheless House of Cards is still one of my favorite shows, and I have such fond memories of almost every season that I'm willing to overlook it's very disappointing ending.
I agree, the writing direction was pretty lackluster and I feel like that wasn't going to improve even if Frank remained alive. Certain characters, including him, switched motives frequently as the show strayed off into more "shocking" elements, such as Claire's unrealistic purge of her enemies. The Underwoods aren't the only ones to do this but it didn't make sense for them to be trying to hold on to power when they didn't have any clear goals to accomplish with it.
I was really disappointed that charcters such as Alex Romero or Jackie Sharp didn't come back either because it seemed like there was still room for them to pose a threat to Claire in some way. Instead, Brett Cole comes out of nowhere and wants to climb the ladder as well and just so happens to bypass the existing leadership because they are no longer important. All the political manuvering displayed throughout the show just stopped being a concept because Claire said so.
On the topic of the Russians, while I thought they were interesting during their original plot and even sort of wanted Petrov back when I saw the trailer, it ended up feeling like they were just put in to remind us that foreign conflict was still a thing in the show. I seriously thought they were going to cover the conflict with North Korea or at least make a similar situation but they just decided to recycle an already resloved arc.
I also would've preferred it if it had ended with something along the lines of Doug killing Claire. That would've made it come together better, especially with how visibly out of control the political stage had become. Doug could assassinate Claire but also be killed himself whilst trying to escape the White House afterwards, thus leaving their entire story up in the air, with the public never truly knowing the full extent of the Underwood's crimes. Then, the show could've also ended on a dark note by setting up a brief epilogue alluding to similar politican eventually taking the same path Frank had, to repeat a struggle for power.
Another thing, I remember watching a an interview where one of the showrunners once said, "Not everything in House of Cards is possible but it's plausible." Needless to say, that definantly went down the tube in the later seasons. But yeah, there's a ton of other details I didn't like about the show but it will always be my one of my favorites regardless.
Since you're always making Katy Perry quotes relating to something or another on that page, I am going to quote an entire track from Green Day, one of my favourite bands:
Your rise and fall
Back up against the wall
What goes around is coming back and haunting you
It's time to quit
Cause you ain't worth the shit
Under my shoes or the piss on the ground
No one loves you and you know it
Don't pretend that you enjoy it or you don't care
Cause now I wouldn't lie or tell you all the things you want
Cause I hate you
Cause I hate you
Cause I hate you
Cause I hate you
I heard you're sick
Sucked on that cancer stick
A throbbing tumor and a radiation high
Shit out of luck
And now your time is up
It brings me pleasure just to know you're going to die
Dickhead, Fuckface, cock smoking, mother fucking, asshole,
dirty twat, waste of semen, I hope you die HEY
Red eye, code blue
I'd like to strangle you
And watch your eyes bulge right out of your skull
When you go down
Head first into the ground
I'll stand above you just to piss on your grave