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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: House of Cards, Line of Duty And Enough Spoilers To Kill A Guardian TV Reviewer

by | 24th, February 2014

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Spoilers spoilers spoilers: watch House of Cards and Line of Duty or you’re dead to me

IF you’re like a hipster version of the Likely Lads trying to avoid spoilers for House of Cards Season 2 and/or the incredible Line of Duty , stop reading now and pop back when you’re caught up. I’m not here to hold your hand or keep secrets for scriptwriters. Incidentally: Verbal Kint is Kaiser Soze, Snape was a double agent and the cake is a lie.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s thrust our hands into the guts of the matter. Both Line of Duty and House of Cards opened their second seasons with shock deaths for young women the audience was growing to like. In the case of Line of Duty , the young policewoman thrown out of a hospital window had less than 40 minutes to make her connection but still managed it thanks to the masterful scriptwriting of Jed Mercurio. House of Cards’ Zoe Barnes got a full 13 episodes in Season One to grow on us. By the end of the first episode in Season 2, she was under a train and out of the picture for good.

Fans of the original House of Cards will have been expecting the shock. Barnes was the American team’s take on Matty Storin, the hack hurled from the roof of parliament by Francis Urqhart as she screamed “Daddy!” in an Electra complex electrified ending. Barnes got a rather less showy ending, pushed beneath the wheels of a subway train by Kevin Spacey’s ever more demonic Frank Underwood. It still made me catch my breath but it was indicative of the general tone of Netflix’s House of Cards, its schlocky soap opera for West Wing fans.

Across the 13 episodes of Season 2, Frank manages to duck and weave through ever more preposterous threats while pushing through his plan to undermine President Garrett. Anyone who didn’t realise by about midway through episode 3 that he would achieve his aim of becoming President needs a crash course in drama tropes. Still, it was still delightful to see him take his spot in the oval office and kick off what can only

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