WMG: House of Cards (US)

House of Cards takes place in the same universe as Dark Souls.
  • I admit, I don't have anything to back this up, but I came to me in a dream and I believe it.

Matthews will lose the governor's race, meaning Francis can't become VP.
  • jossed
Sony is winning the Console War in the House Of Cards verse.
  • Because Frank Underwood is just that powerful.
  • Similarly, in season 2, Frank will get a PS4.

The Democrats are in serious trouble.
  • They fought tooth and nail to defend Pennsylvania in a presidential election, a state they haven't had serious trouble with for the past 20 years in RL. The party as a whole seems much further to the right than it is in RL, with a conservative(for a Democrat, anyway) southerner as Majority Whip and an apparent centrist as President who pushed through an education bill that incorporates a bunch of conservative policy proposals in education and that a Democrat in RL wouldn't dare to touch. If they've had to moderate their positions so much, it's a sign that the country is much more right-wing than in RL.
    • Pennsylvania isn't a guaranteed Democratic state in Real Life either, though. Even though it's consistently gone to the Democrats since 1992, it's been fought for each time and could be swayed by a strong challenger. A bit like North Carolina for the other side.
    • This WMG actually fits quite well with the one below—well, the "Clinton—Bush—McCain" version, anyway.

The series is set in an Alternate History where Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election.
  • We know from characters' dialogue and the episode of Jeopardy playing on TV that the show's political history matches up with real life at least up until the presidency of Bill Clinton — but there is never any reference to the presidency of George W. Bush or historical events directly associated with it such as the Iraq War. Furthermore, the show begins with a new Democratic president having been elected in 2012, and the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress. Therefore, the point of divergence between the House of Cards timeline and ours is Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election instead of Bush. Gore then either serves one term and is followed by a two-term Republican, or serves two terms and is followed by a one-term Republican. This may also account for the Democrats' much more centrist stance in the show, as Gore's victory and the absence of the Bush Administration means that the DLC faction of the Democratic Party is still dominant.
    • There is reference to Catherine Durant being "vocally anti-war" which would imply that the War on Terror exists in this universe as well, and in turn 9/11 happened too. Invading Afghanistan would have been a no-brainer for any president after 9/11, but it's hard to believe that Al Gore would invade Iraq after that.
      • At one point, the show refers to a "Bush Senior"(implying that there is a junior as well) and the Republicans control the Senate.
      • Alternatively, "Bush Senior" is PRESCOTT Bush(41's father) and the point of divergence from our own time is even further back.
      • It can't be Prescott Bush. The reference to Bush Sr takes place in 1992. Prescott Bush died twenty years earlier.
      • Perhaps the inferred "Bush Junior" is Walker's immediate predecessor as President. It doesn't necessarily have to be George W. Bush either — it could be Jeb Bush, succeeding in 2004/2008 where his brother failed in 2000. Another possibility is that John McCain was the Republican candidate in 2000 in this timeline, who lost to Gore, freeing up either Bush brother to succeed Gore later.
    • I think the safest point of departure would be the 2008 election. The electorate weren't confident that the Democrats could get them out of the economic slump and went with Mc Cain and the Democrats lost the House. Things went very much similarly (or perhaps worst) as they did in our timeline. Then in 2012, we have Walker elected.
    • A major plot element in Season 3 is dealing with reducing tensions between Israel and Palestine, and no massive ongoing quagmires in Iraq or Afghanistan are mentioned. Maybe just trying to keep things tidy, but might also be a sign that there is no conflict in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Francis's sexuality will ultimately cause, or contribute to, his downfall
  • Francis' bisexuality is touched upon in exactly one episode per season thus far, not enough to make it a prominent character trait, but enough to remind us that it is there. I can imagine that a revelation that he has had relationships with men will cause a media frenzy and a backlash against him. After all, being ruthless and Machiavellian is fine, making out with guys? Unacceptable!!!.

House of Cards will be four seasons total.
  • Four seasons of 13 episodes each equals 52 episodes total: the same number of cards in a standard deck.
    • Apropos? Most definitely! (Especially if there are two "between season" comedy episodes, in addition. In a word: Jokers!)
    • Also appropriate in that each season takes approximately one year, and if the underwoods lose in 2016 it would coincide with the end of the fourth season.

Claire Underwood is hiding a secret past when she was known as Jenny.
  • After a long, sad and troubled life on the road, Jenny Curran abandons her infant son to the care of her first love and resolves to make something of herself. Drifting to South Carolina and meeting Francis, a man who is the polar opposite of Forrest, she changes her name to Claire and plots a move to the highest office in the land.
    • Unlikely, as C Laire is often described as a wealthy texas socialite, and it is even occasionally hinted that Frank married her for her family's money.

Season 3 will have the hacktivist and Rachel as prominent antagonists.
  • Basically, there's the shot of the former in his "office", as the camera pulls back. It's possible he and Frank's new chief of staff (who will take the position officially when Doug's body is found) will face off. As for Rachel—well, assuming she won't just hide somewhere and never be seen again in the show (She Knows Too Much, after all), we could well see her teaming up with the hacktivist (and, what the heck, the remaining member of Zoe's team—who'd panicked after Zoe's death) to seek to expose the truth. Of course, Frank—being Frank—will destroy them by the end of the Season. Cue Season 4.
    • Semi-Jossed for them both. Neither of them are really antagonistic, the hacktivist just trying to stay free and Rachel just trying to not get killed to protect a secret she has no interest in revealing.

Frank will die at the end of the last season.
  • The body count is rising - season one opened with the death of a dog and built up to the death of Peter Russo; season two opened with the death of Zoe Barnes and ended with Doug Stamper's apparent death. Each death leaves Frank more and more vulnerable, and if this trend continues then, once he loses the few people he has left on his side, Frank'll probably end up biting it.
    • Turns out Doug isn't dead after all.

Frank will be ousted as President at the end of season 3
  • Frank Underwood is finally at the top. There is only one direction for him to go. He will be disgraced, just like his predecessor, and will be forced to swallow his just desserts. Season 4 will be all about Frank making amends and returning to power.
    • Jossed for season 3, which has a major theme of him trying to secure re-election, and ends with him winning the Iowa Caucus.

The envelope Frank burned at the end of Season 2 was empty.
  • The letter he thought he was burning, that contains his confession, is still with President Walker and will be key in Frank's downfall.

Stamper isn't dead.
  • He was Left for Dead by Rachel, but she's just an average young woman who doesn't seem to make a habit of exercising or murdering people, she might not even have really wanted him dead specifically as much as she just wanted to get away from him, and bashing with a rock isn't necessarily the world's most effective murder method, so I doubt his injuries are too severe. Since we didn't even see him lying on the ground or anything, it seems like a pretty strong setup for him to have a surprise reappearance.
  • Confirmed as of Season 3: the first episode chronicles his physical therapy after the attack.
Walker will play the role that the King did in the original UK series

Walker in Season 3/4
  • Season 3 and/or 4 will be all about Walker finally realizing that Frank played him like a fiddle and attempting to expose what he's done. The climax will be the 2016 primaries where Walker will once again run and become Frank's main rival for the nomination.
    • Jossed for Season 3, Walker does not appear and is barely mentioned throughout the season.
    • More likey for season four, in fitting with the fact that that's the next major election cycle (2016), and at thirteen episodes per season, we get 52- the same as a set of cards

House of Cards ends with Frank starting a nuclear war with Russia.
  • Frank loves to manipulate people, make plays, and he wants more than anything to keep his power strong. If he's losing the presidential or primary election in Season 4, he might just try a Wag The Dog, incite tensions with Russia in order to give the voting public a strong reason to keep him around... and then it backfires.

Season 3 was Stamper's dream/nightmare/fantasy.
  • Frank Underwood's constant OOC behavior throughout the season really give the impression that something's "off". Considering how part of the implication of the last several episodes is that it's up to Doug to clean up the mess—and that he's more than up to the challenge—it's interesting to speculate that Doug's dreaming about how desperately Frank "really" needs him, telling himself that without his help, Frank's nothing.
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