The popularity of Frank Underwood has grown exponentially over the past year, and not only in the fictitious world created by Netflix, but in the real world too. When Frank started as Chief Whip, his intentions were clear, and it would not be long before he became President of the United States of America. Over the course of the first two seasons, Frank has redrawn the boundaries in order for him to achieve his ultimate goal of sitting in the most powerful office in the free world. Here are the Top 10 moments that lead to Frank becoming President of the United States.
If becoming President of the United States was one thing, becoming it without being democratically voted in is another. However, we all know of Frank’s discontent with democracy, and how ‘Democracy is so overrated’. When President Garret Walker’s position as President became untenable, there was no moment of doubt in Frank’s mind in his ability to step up and take office. In the final scene of season 2, where Frank is welcomed into the White House, accompanied by his wife, he walks towards the Oval Office, in what was his first day as the ‘Most Powerful Man in the Free World’. His knuckle tap on the Resolute Desk, and his determined stare into the camera, as we are accustomed to with Frank, is just the tip of the iceberg, to the new life of President of the United States, Frank Underwood. What will be his intentions in the Oval Office? World Peace?
One cannot simply become President of the United States through individual effort alone, and Frank’s faith in his wife, Claire Underwood, has paid dividends on his quest for the Oval Office. Former CEO of the Clear Water Initiative (CWI), Claire Underwood has been an influential character in the first two seasons of House of Cards. Her role in destabilising the President of the United States, Garret Walker, through the former First Lady was influential in Frank’s rise to the Oval Office. Her personality, and dangerous instincts were clear, and the Macbethian relationship between her and Frank, America’s power hungry couple was obvious during an exchange between the pair:
Claire Underwood: “What should we serve the Walkers?
Frank Underwood: “Cyanide?”
Claire Underwood: “I’m saving that for dessert. What about the main course?”
The role of Claire Underwood in season three is still unclear, and whether her and Frank’s competitive relationship will sustain is open for argument, but one thing is certain, without Claire’s killer instincts, Frank would not have been the President of the United States without her.