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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.
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.
Francis's sexuality will ultimately cause, or contribute to, his downfall
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.