Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have heard that House of Cards, Netflix's big hit show, has come back for a fourth season. And oh boy, what a season it is. It's full of nonstop twists and turns, political intrigue and a plethora of WTF moments. Here, I will list what I believe are the top five biggest shocks.
WARNING: This article will contain SPOILERS, so come back later if you haven't binged the series yet like the rest of the world already has.
5. Frank's Father's Association With The KKK
One of this season's biggest strengths are the parallels it was able to create between the real US presidential race and this fictional one. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has now been associated in the press with the KKK several times. Therefore, it would seem quite fitting that the House Of Cards creators would reference that in the show as having Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) being associated with the extremist group as well.
Now if you've watched the season, you would know that it was Frank's father who showed up to a KKK meeting with the sole purpose of acquiring some much-needed money. However, it was still shocking see the episode end with some civilians looking up at a billboard depicting a photo of a man with a Klan member along with the caption "Underwood 2016."
Yes, we all know Frank is formidable and on many occasions quite evil, but even with all of his flaws, racism has never been a character trait of his. So ending an episode on this note would shock anyone into wondering how and why. What makes it even more shocking is the fact that this happened in South Carolina, where the quote-on-quote "black vote" is often seen as the most important as the show itself even suggests.
4. Frank's Hospital Dream Sequence
OK, time to fess up. We've all had those dreams we'd rather not talk about or admit to, but this one has to take the cake. When Frank's in the hospital he starts to have hallucinations and dreams about Zoe (Kate Mara) and Peter (Corey Stoll).
What's weird about it is the fact that instead of having the characters yell or be mad at him for killing them (as you'd expect), they instead seduce him. Now, the fact that Peter gets involved is not surprising. The show has given ample evidence to support Frank's bisexuality, so it's only natural that he would imagine both of them seducing him. Even so, watching the three of them go at it definitely goes down as a WTF moment for me (although I must admit I loved every minute of it).
3. The Frank/Claire/Tom Kitchen Scene
There's awkward and then there's super awkward. I'm talking about the kind of awkward that'll just make you cringe and recoil. That was the kitchen scene for me, which follows Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) and Tom Yates (Paul Sparks) officially getting together once they have Frank's approval. The scene involves the three of them having breakfast together, that's it. There's not even any dialogue, but there doesn't need to be. Claire and Frank are married yet Claire is having an affair with Tom and everyone is in on it.
Can you imagine? Sitting down to breakfast with your husband and your lover as if nothing is weird or strange? I certainly can't, which is why this one simple scene lands on my WTF list.
2. Frank And Meechum Get Shot
Meechum (Nathan Darrow) has always been one of my favorite characters since Season 1, which is why his loss still pains me to write about. However, who could have seen Frank's attempted assassination coming? It seemed to come out of nowhere and I'm sure it shocked everyone for that reason. I just wish Meechum had come out of it alive, but I guess the event wouldn't have been as impactful.
1. That Bone-Chilling Ending
By the end of Season 4 I was genuinely terrified of Frank and Claire. They had done some despicable things in the past, but they were never out in the open about it. But now, as things grow desperate, they move toward a more public approach. They plan to start a war to purposely cause mass fear and panic in an attempt to stay in power longer. They even forced the world to watch as a man's throat was slit.
The scary thing is that now that Frank is president and because he knows reelection the traditional way is not going to work for him, he can literally do anything he wants with little to stop him. I think letting the country see that gruesome video is just the beginning. He will not stop until every man, woman and child is locked away in their houses, terrified, and that in itself is frightening. It also mainly used to be Frank performing the evil deeds, but this season ended with Claire breaking the fourth wall along with Frank, insinuating that she is now every bit as psychopathic as her husband. This can only mean horrifying but amazing things to come in Season 5.
What did you think of this season? I loved it! Its definitely my favorite so far. Tell me what you think in the comments below.