STORY BY HUDSON WEBBER
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
We’ve all heard it. Have you seen it in action?
If you’ve seen either of the fervid seasons of House of Cards, you have.
This show focuses on the story of Frank Underwood as he fulfills every wondering child’s dreams of getting whatever he wants.
Season three comes out Friday.
Here’s why it should take the place of Peggy’s on your weekend escapades. First off, the general appeal of the show. The main attraction is that you receive it all right away.
The whole season is available to you on Friday.
There’s no waiting until Sunday to find out who dies.
The second appeal would be the complexity of Frank Underwood’s character.
Underwood is an antihero. If he were a real person, he would deserve a very long stay behind bars.
Thankfully, he is fictional. Those of us who enjoy “House of Cards” are fixated by the stamina and ingenuity of Underwood.
He can weave a web 10 times more complicated than an actuarial science course, and keep it intact for as long as he needs it.
Underwood is special because he sets his sights on something, and he achieves it.
He was a menial part of Capital Hill at the start of season one, and by the end of season two (SPOILER ALERT) he became leader of the free world.
We all would like to be successful at our work.
Frank Underwood just demonstrates an extreme by lying, extorting and killing for triumph.
Anyway, what does the third season have in store?
If you haven’t had the chance yet, watch the trailer for season three.
It will have your heart racing faster than a knock on the door from Drake Public Safety.
Frank has his power, now he needs to keep it.
I think Underwood’s absolute power will start to corrupt him absolutely.
I imagine he will have to take many steps to ensure that all the rules he broke on his way up don’t catch up to him.
As seasons one and two progressed, we were slowly showed the cracks in Frank’s mentality.
He is not entirely heartless. He still made mistakes.
I think we will see even more of Franks weaknesses in season three.
We might even see some desperation.
Another aspect that might be challenged is his marriage.
Claire Underwood is almost indispensable to Frank’s schemes.
But there was frustration between both of them in season two.
I think it’s possible that they could start to have troubles as a result of the power they both have.
The main question I have is: How does it end?
I don’t foresee a series like “House of Cards” ending in a peaceable manner.
Will Underwood be a tragic hero and become swept away in the avalanche of his schemes? Or will he be the one to get away with it?
Season three of “House of Cards” will be released this Friday.