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.

The Democrats are in serious trouble.
  • They fought tooth and nail to defend Pennsylvania during Walker's presidential campaign, 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 reality, with Frank Underwood, a conservative (for a Democrat, anyway) southerner as House Majority Whip, and Garrett Walker, an apparent centrist, as President who pushed through an education bill that incorporates a bunch of conservative policy proposals in education that a real life Democrat wouldn't dare to touch. If the Democrats have had to moderate their positions so much, it's a sign that the country is much more right-wing than in real life.
    • 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 January 20, 2001 and the end of 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 Garrett Walker (D-CO) being 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 served one term and was followed by a two-term Republican, or served two terms and was 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 means that 9/11 and the War on Terror still happened in the way they unfolded in real life. For the record, invading Afghanistan would have been a no-brainer after 9/11 regardless of who was President at the time, 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, meaning it's referring to George H.W. Bush. Prescott Bush died in 1972, and there are references to the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
      • 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 who were backing Barack Obama could get them out of the economic slump and went with McCain and the Democrats lost the House. Things went very much similarly (or perhaps worst) as they did in our timeline until 2012, when Walker was 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.

Frank's sexuality will ultimately cause, or contribute to, his downfall
  • Frank's 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. Claire is 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.
  • Given the ending of the original version of House of Cards, I'd say that Frank's end will be getting shot by a sniper during the unveiling of a memorial.

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 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.

The House Of Cards-verse history of The Washington Herald

The Washington Herald in House of Cards is obviously a stand-in for The Washington Post. In real life, there was a paper called The Washington Herald that operated from 1906 to 1939. William Randolph Hearst, who already owned The Washington Times, took over the Herald in November 1922. Though he consolidated the operations of the papers, they still published separately except for a joint Sunday edition, which is how they worked until 1939 when they merged to become The Washington Times-Herald. Then the combined paper was bought out and consolidated into The Washington Post in 1954.

Perhaps in the House of Cards universe, The Washington Herald that Zoe Barnes starts off the series working at is the original Washington Herald that Scott C. Bone founded in 1906. Its history is unchanged until 1954. The merger of The Washington Post and The Washington Times-Herald was instead a reverse merger (think similar to the one where US Airways was merged into America West Airlines, and while America West's management continued, the US Airways name was one that was adapted and which was used until the company was merged with American Airlines), wherein the Times-Herald and Post were consolidated, but the Herald name was the one that survived.

Claire may strike up an affair with Meechum
It was implied in the original House of Cards (UK) that Urquhart's assassination was coordinated by his wife and by Commander Corder, and they may have had an affair. So very likely, they could translate this to the American version pretty easily.

The real events of political history since 2012 happened in the House of Cards-verse
In House of Cards, we deal with a number of political issues along the way, like Claire's non-profit, the education reform act and teacher's union strike in season 1, Claire's campaign to pass a bill regarding sexual assault in the military in season 2, and the talks with Russia in season 3. In the same time period as the show, real events that impacted politics included the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, the legalization of marijuana in Washington State and Colorado, ISIS, trust between police and the public after the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, and the Confederate symbolism controversy that ensued as the result of the Charleston shootings.

What I'm getting at is that I think that, besides the political subplots that happen in House of Cards, the real events of Washington politics also happened, albeit slightly rewritten (we don't know what Frank's stand on gay marriage is, or his stand on gun control, among other things).

Donald Blythe is somehow related to Bill Clinton
My logic is the fact that Bill Clinton's birth name was 'William Jefferson Blythe III'. And like Clinton, Donald Blythe is a Democrat. He even may be a baby boomer, like Clinton is.
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