Robin Wright to Direct the ‘House of Cards’ Series Finale
Robin Wright is returning to the director’s chair for the series finale of House of Cards.
In a new Today piece about the Netflix’s drama upcoming final season, it was confirmed that Wright herself will get behind the camera for the last episode.
Wright began directing during House of Cards‘ second season, helming one episode that year. In Season 3, she directed two episodes, and in Season 4, she stepped up with four episodes. In Season 5, she went back to two episodes, but they were pretty significant ones: the last two of the season. Those were very Claire heavy, featuring her killing Tom Yates and becoming president herself.
Outside of House of Cards, Wright also directed the 2017 short film The Dark of Night, which played at Cannes. While introducing that film in 2017, she said somewhat jokingly that directing is much better than acting.
“It’s so much better over here,” Wright said, according to The USA Today. “To have acted for 30 years, it’s such a soloist act. You’re so very much alone and I wanted to be involved with all of the department heads.”
In a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wright said that she wouldn’t be able to direct House of Cards without the show’s crew.
“They are seasoned veterans,” she said. “The camera department, the sound department, the art direction, all of these people have been doing film and TV for years. I have been gifted with getting free cinema school. Going into this I was so coddled, as always, and in directing you are a family. You are all architects of this building and it’s not just one person. I just love creating with others.”
In that interview, Wright also said that she would like to direct a feature film at some point, ideally a relationship story.
It’s often the case that a drama series’ final episode is directed by either the director of the pilot or the creator of the show, so some House of Cards fans had hoped David Fincher might return for the last episode. Now, we know that this will not happen.
Season 6 of House of Cards, of course, will not feature Kevin Spacey, who was fired after being accused of sexual misconduct last fall. The season had already started production when those allegations came out, but after a brief hiatus, a decision was made to continue the show without his character.
The storyline will now shift focus to Claire Underwood, although it was already heading in that direction with the Season 5 finale, in which Claire becomes president and shuts out her husband.
When the allegations against Spacey first came to light, it seemed like Netflix might just cancel the whole show. Apparently, Robin Wright fought hard to save everyone’s jobs and keep the season on track.
“Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away some people don’t get paid,” Patricia Clarkson recently said. “I think it’s gonna be a stunning, stunning new season.”
While speaking to Today this week, Wright said she didn’t really know Spacey outside of work.
“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups where we would giggle,” she said. “I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
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