Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'House of Cards' Bosses Feel 'Catharsis' with Wright Directing Series Finale

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'House of Cards' Bosses Feel 'Catharsis' with Wright Directing Series Finale

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'House of Cards' bosses feel 'catharsis'

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TORONTO - The creative heads behind "House of Cards" say there was a "catharsis" on set when the political thriller shot its final episode.

Season 6 launches Friday on Netflix and marks the end for the show after star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct and fired last fall.

Spacey played U.S. President Francis Underwood, who in season 5 resigned and handed over his position to his wife and vice-president Claire, played by Robin Wright. In the new and final season, Francis is dead and Claire is leading the country.

The Golden Globe-winning Wright is also an executive producer on season 6 and directed the series finale, which just "felt right," say co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese.

"That felt really important for all of us, cast and crew, everyone who worked on the show," said Gibson. "We went through it together and it was very cathartic. We all enjoyed working with each other so much, and the bonds are so deep.

"It felt like we'd really gone through something meaningful together."

"House of Cards" was Netflix's first original series and has won two Golden Globes and several Emmys.

Season 6 sees Claire grappling with the loss of her husband, the scandals of the past and misogyny from her administration and the American public. Facing death threats from those who don't want a woman president, she struggles for autonomy as aides question her decisions and billionaire siblings Annette and Bill Shepherd (played by Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear) put political pressure on her.

"It was really important to us, this season in particular, to reveal Claire Underwood to be as every bit a complex antihero that Francis had been for the prior five seasons and establish a ruthlessness equity -- that she is this empowered, complex, flawed, fascinating character," said Gibson. …

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