House of Cards (season 3)
|House of Cards (season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||February 27, 2015|
The third season of the American web television drama series House of Cards was commissioned on February 4, 2014. Netflix released the season in its entirety on February 27, 2015. The season was filmed from approximately June 12 through December 20, 2014.
The season was recognized with numerous award nominations. Kevin Spacey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Frank Underwood and Reg E. Cathey won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at the 67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Freddy Hayes.
On February 4, 2014, Netflix announced it had renewed House of Cards for a third season of undisclosed length. On December 1, 2014, Netflix announced that the third season would be available on February 27, 2015. On February 11, 2015, 10 episodes from the third season became accidentally available on Netflix for approximately 25 minutes due to "a bug in the system"; however were quickly removed.
In February 2014, Kevin Spacey stated that the show would again film in the Baltimore metropolitan area. On July 3, the show was denied filming access to the Security Council chamber at the Headquarters of the United Nations by Russia through its representative Mikael Agasandyan despite encouragement from Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon. Russia questioned the propriety of filming in the chambers and felt that the room should be kept available for normal uses.
For a third consecutive season, the show filmed episodes at the offices of The Baltimore Sun, which in prior seasons served as the setting for the fictional Washington Herald. Among the municipalities filmed in for the season were Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Aberdeen, Maryland. On August 9, filming of a fictional motorcade at the National Mall caused road closures on Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue. On October 6, filming occurred at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Other D.C. filming occurred at George Washington University and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
The season finale was planned to be filmed in Northern New Mexico areas in and around Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico in December 2014. On December 20, 2014, creator Beau Willimon tweeted that principal photography for the season had completed that day.
Netflix, which had received $26 million in tax benefits for the first two seasons was only offered a $4 million incentive for season 3 by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, which resulted in Netflix delaying production and threatening to move production. By March 2014, it was clear that the requested state tax incentives would not be approved by the Maryland Legislature. In response to Netflix's threat to move production if "sufficient tax incentives" were not provided, the Maryland House of Delegates threatened to use eminent domain power to purchase, condemn, or seize the production assets, equipment, and other property that remained in the state because the production had already been the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars in tax benefits. By April 6, 2014, the Maryland General Assembly considered various methods to avail the tax incentives. However, the April 7 state budget only included a total of $15 million in tax incentives for filming, leaving a $3.5 million shortfall for House of Cards, which production company Media Rights Capital said might force them to move production. Baltimore Sun longtime television critic David Zurawik felt that the $3.5 million would not keep House of Cards from returning to resume production in the area. As of April 11, some predicted that no matter what happened the season 3 release date would be delayed. On April 25, a deal was reached to leave the 2015 fiscal year budget with the $3.5 million shortfall, but to allow the producers to collect the $11.5 million unallocated filming credit that remained in the 2014 fiscal year budget.
On May 19, 2014, a May 19–21 casting call was posted in the Baltimore Sun for an NSA Director as well as senators, reporters, military colonels, emergency room doctors and a few other roles with projected shooting availability: June 12 – July 15, 2014. On June 3, 2014, an announcement for a June 7 casting call for extras and day players was made. In August 2014, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of the punk band Pussy Riot were confirmed to be in the cast for season 3. In October 2014, two recurring roles were cast; Kim Dickens in an unspecified role, and Jenna Stern as an ambassador at the United Nations. Elizabeth Norment, who played Frank's secretary Nancy Kaufberger, died on October 13.
- Kevin Spacey as Francis J. Underwood, the President of the United States
- Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and First Lady of the United States
- Michael Kelly as Douglas "Doug" Stamper, Frank Underwood's Chief of Staff
- Elizabeth Marvel as Heather Dunbar, the United States Solicitor General who announces her candidacy for President of the United States.
- Mahershala Ali as Remy Danton, the White House Chief of Staff
- Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson, the White House Press Secretary/White House Communications Director
- Nathan Darrow as Edward Meechum, a United States Secret Service agent
- Molly Parker as Jacqueline "Jackie" Sharp, the House Deputy Minority Whip and a Democratic U.S. Representative from California
- Jimmi Simpson as Gavin Orsay, a computer hacker and FBI informant
- Paul Sparks as Thomas Yates, an author hired by Underwood to write a biography on him
- Kim Dickens as Kate Baldwin, a journalist and White House Correspondent for the Wall Street Telegraph
- Alexander Sokovikov as Alexi Moryakov, the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations
- Jayne Atkinson as Catherine Durant, the United States Secretary of State
- Lars Mikkelsen as Viktor Petrov, the President of the Russian Federation
- Kelly AuCoin as Gary Stamper, Doug Stamper's brother
- Benito Martinez as Hector Mendoza, the Senate Majority Leader and a Republican United States Senator from Arizona
- Larry Pine as Bob Birch, the House Minority Leader and a Democratic U.S. Representative from Michigan
- Reed Birney as Donald Blythe, the Vice President of the United States
- Jenna Stern as Eliana Caspi, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
- Christina Bennett Lind as Sharon, Doug Stamper's physical therapist
- Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner / Cassie Lockhart
- Reg E. Cathey as Frederick 'Freddy' Hayes
- Mozhan Marnò as Ayla Sayyad, a journalist for the Wall Street Telegraph
- Kate Lyn Sheil as Lisa Williams
- Eisa Davis as Cynthia Driscoll, Heather Dunbar's campaign manager
- Curtiss Cook as Terry Womack, the House Minority Whip
- Christian Camargo as Michael Corrigan, an LGBT rights activist
- John Doman as Bishop Charles Eddis
- Shawn Doyle as Alan Cooke, a cardiovascular surgeon and Jackie's boyfriend (and later, husband)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|27||1||"Chapter 27"||John David Coles||Beau Willimon||February 27, 2015||HOC-301|
|President Frank Underwood visits his father's grave in rural South Carolina to maintain a public appearance of respect, only to privately urinate on it out of spite. Doug Stamper is found beaten in the woods and requires extensive surgery and care; he makes a slow and painful recovery. Remy Danton has been filling in as Underwood's White House Chief of Staff. Frank also enlists Donald Blythe as his Vice President. In an effort to show some form of progress by his administration, Frank pushes for a jobs program called America Works (or "AmWorks"). Gavin Orsay has accepted working for the FBI despite not wanting to work for the people who had been oppressing him. Doug asks for his help in locating Rachel Posner, who is still missing after assaulting Stamper and stealing his car. Meanwhile, First Lady Claire Underwood has set her sights on becoming the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Frank orders a drone airstrike that successfully takes out a foreign target. Doug finally gives in to the pain from his injuries and has a prostitute squirt bourbon into his mouth from a syringe, thus breaking his sobriety.|
|28||2||"Chapter 28"||John David Coles||John Mankiewicz||February 27, 2015||HOC-302|
|During Claire's nomination hearing before a Senate committee, she makes a casual comment which escalates into a heated argument that leaves the committee with the impression that Claire is hot-headed and thus not fit to be UN Ambassador. Frank meets with the Democratic leadership to discuss America Works, only to be told that they do not want him running for president in 2016. Remy, on behalf of Frank, asks House Majority Whip Jackie Sharp to give information about any talk regarding who will run on the Democratic ticket. In return, Jackie wants to be Frank's running mate when he runs in 2016. Frank and Claire make several calls: Frank to get potential financial contributors for his 2016 campaign; Claire to senators to sway their vote on her nomination. Both are unsuccessful. The next day, the Senate votes against Claire's nomination. Frank meets with the Democratic leadership and proposes that in return for not running in 2016, they will help Frank pass America Works. Frank finally gives more details of America Works, falsely stating that he does not intend to run for office in 2016. Claire decides to challenge her rejected nomination and asks for a recess appointment, to which Frank agrees.|
|29||3||"Chapter 29"||Tucker Gates||Frank Pugliese||February 27, 2015||HOC-303|
|Protesters surround the White House as Frank prepares to meet with Viktor Petrov, the president of Russia, before a summit meeting. Frank proposes sending UN troops to the Jordan Valley, but Petrov declines immediately after arriving. Secretary of State Catherine Durant and Claire (now UN Ambassador) also work on persuading Petrov to accept. During a state dinner, members of Pussy Riot give an insulting toast to Petrov before rudely leaving. Petrov flirts with Claire all night, eventually kissing her. While Frank and Petrov smoke a cigar in a basement, Durant and Claire have a playful game of beer pong. Claire expresses to Durant her distrust of Petrov. Meanwhile, Petrov wants the entire European missile defense gone in return for sending Russian troops to Israel. Even when Frank presents a compromise, Petrov still declines, so Frank ends the deal. Claire and Durant make plans to bypass Russia’s veto in the United Nations Security Council so they can still send troops to Israel.|
|30||4||"Chapter 30"||Tucker Gates||Laura Eason||February 27, 2015||HOC-304|
|Heather Dunbar defends the government in a Supreme Court case regarding a soldier who was unintentionally injured in the drone airstrike Frank ordered. Claire presents the Israeli resolution to the Security Council, which Russia thwarts by voting against. One of the Supreme Court Justices, Jacobs, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is thinking about retiring. Having no other grounds to deter Dunbar from running against him in 2016, he offers her Jacobs’ seat. Gavin continues to discreetly help Doug find Rachel through his job at the FBI, but is nearly caught when he exceeds the bandwidth of the server. Since Doug cannot provide any leads to help find her, Gavin suggests that he get to know Rachel’s ex, Lisa. Russian authorities arrest Michael Corrigan, a gay rights activist, which is seen as retaliation for the UN resolution. Seth Grayson takes away Ayla Sayyad’s credentials after she embarrasses Frank at a press conference. Dunbar officially announces her candidacy. Sensing that Frank is pushing him away, Doug offers to work for Dunbar's campaign. Frank struggles with what justice really is and seeks religious guidance on the matter. After a tense discussion with a bishop, Frank asks to be left alone in the church to pray. Once alone, he proceeds to verbally reject Jesus and spit on the crucifix. When he tries to wipe the spit away, the crucifix falls and shatters. As he leaves the church, Frank picks up a fragment, claiming to now have God's ear.|
|31||5||"Chapter 31"||James Foley||Kenneth Lin||February 27, 2015||HOC-305|
|Frank enlists the help of the mayor of the District of Columbia to help him kickstart America Works. He appropriates money from FEMA to fund the program. Frank encourages Jackie to run in 2016 and speak out against Frank and America Works to divert Dunbar's pressure regarding Russia. In return, Frank promises Jackie to make her his running mate. Jackie discusses with Remy her fear of not being married or having a family to gain support. Doug makes progress towards his goal of working for Dunbar's campaign. Kate Baldwin fills in for Ayla as the White House correspondent for the Wall Street Telegraph. Palestine follows Israel in withdrawing support from the peace-keeping resolution. Claire withdraws the resolution until the consensus can be regained. Both Mendoza and Birch tell Frank that both parties will fight America Works in Congress. Jackie gets engaged to Alan Cooke, to Remy’s displeasure. Doug shows Dunbar documents that prove Claire lied about her abortion, which he suggests Dunbar use against Frank. Even though Dunbar is appalled and refuses to use the information, she hires Doug. Claire asks Frank to issue an executive order to commit troops in Israel, thus regaining support for the resolution. Russia agrees to peacefully talk over a compromise for the resolution and release Corrigan.|
|32||6||"Chapter 32"||James Foley||Melissa James Gibson||February 27, 2015||HOC-306|
|Frank and Claire fly to Moscow. While setting up a booth for the church fellowship, Lisa starts asking Gavin (using an alias) about his past, but he has an emotional breakdown and leaves her. Claire visits Corrigan and tells him that they negotiated the terms of his release, which include him giving an apology to Russia for his unlawful actions. Corrigan forgoes his freedom unless Russia changes their anti-gay laws. Meanwhile, Petrov is unwilling to make any deals with the U.S. unless Corrigan makes the approved statement. Claire stays with Corrigan until he and Petrov can come to agreeable terms. At the suggestion of Lisa, Gavin goes to a local clinic to get tested for HIV and asks her to meet him there. Even though he tests negative, he falsely tells Lisa he tested positive to get her to open up about Rachel. Petrov privately admits to Frank that he does not like or believe in the laws Corrigan is protesting, but he has to uphold them to maintain credibility with the Russian people. Over dinner, Corrigan confides to Claire that his marriage has fallen apart but he cannot divorce, since it would reflect poorly on his cause; he suggests that Claire’s marriage is similar. Frank and Petrov reach a compromise on Corrigan and the UN resolution. While Claire is sleeping, Corrigan hangs himself in the cell. At a press conference, Claire is allowed to speak before moving on to Petrov and Frank announcing the agreements they had worked on. Because of an earlier conversation with Corrigan resounding with her, Claire instead condemns Russia’s laws and storms out of the press conference with a confused Frank following. As a result of her actions, Petrov calls off all the agreements. On the return flight, Frank and Claire argue over the matter.|
|33||7||"Chapter 33"||John Dahl||Beau Willimon||February 27, 2015||HOC-307|
|Frank and Claire renew their marriage vows in Gaffney. One month earlier, tensions between the two following the botched Moscow visit worsen. Claire vows to get the Jordan Valley resolution through the UN General Assembly, which is being hampered by Israeli interference. Tibetan Buddhist monks arrive as part of a cultural exchange; they begin to construct an intricate sand mandala within the White House. Republicans in Congress threaten to amend the Stafford Act to prevent the appropriation of FEMA funds to America Works. Frank accuses Claire of “recoiling” during a photo portrait shoot; the pair’s situation continues to deteriorate. A month ahead, Frank and Thomas Yates visit Frank's childhood home, now the site of a quarry; the two became friends following a late-night drinking session in the White House. Gavin and Doug meet, Gavin having located Rachel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stamper, still obsessed with Rachel, rendezvouses with his physical therapist, who soon leaves town. At the White House, Frank issues a firm statement in support of America Works on the anniversary of the New Deal. He visits the FDR Memorial and is impacted by the fact that the statues of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt are separated by a large stone wall. He shares this fact with Claire back in the residence and gives her authority to promise aid money to Zimbabwe, thereby enabling the peace resolution to pass the General Assembly in spite of Israel’s opposition. The two begin to heal their relationship. Back in Gaffney, Frank and Yates visit the Underwoods’ home. Yates reveals that he is not the true author of his first successful novel, but took all the credit for it. In return, Frank reveals to him that he never felt he was good enough for Claire. The Tibetan monks complete and destroy their sand mandala, a picture of which Frank gives to Claire, along with a note: “Nothing is forever—except us”. Claire returns to Frank’s bedroom in the White House residence, and the two fall asleep, embracing each other.|
|34||8||"Chapter 34"||John Dahl||Bill Kennedy||February 27, 2015||HOC-308|
|A potentially devastating hurricane threatens the East Coast of the United States. Frank faces intense pressure from FEMA, Congress, and several governors; having defunded the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to pay for the America Works trial in D.C., the President now faces the possibility of thousands of deaths due to lack of a sufficient response by the federal government. Senate and House leaders demand the President sign a bill preventing the future appropriation of funds to AmWorks. In return, the DRF will be replenished ahead of the hurricane’s landfall. In Iowa, Heather Dunbar continues her presidential campaign. She is told by Doug to meet with fellow candidate Jackie Sharp regarding the hurricane. Dunbar complies, and convinces Sharp to suspend her campaign for the duration of the natural disaster, much to Frank’s chagrin. Claire’s peacekeeping resolution having been passed, Frank decides, without Congressional support, to deploy American troops to the Jordan Valley. Yates delivers the prologue of his new novel to Frank, aware of the fact that if AmWorks is defunded, he will be out of a job. Freddy, now employed via AmWorks, comes to Frank’s attention. The President invites him to the White House and offers him a job as a groundskeeper. In the eleventh hour, seeing no alternative, Frank signs the bill, replenishing the DRF ahead of the hurricane, but effectively shutting down the America Works program. Yates and journalist Kate Baldwin begin a relationship. Claire informs Frank that the Russians have decided to commit troops to the Jordan Valley. The hurricane avoids landfall. Frank calls Yates to the Oval Office, and tells him he will stay on; the President wants to show with the world that he “refuses to see the impossible as impossible.” In spite of the AmWorks setback, Underwood will seek a second term as President of the United States.|
|35||9||"Chapter 35"||Robin Wright||John Mankiewicz||February 27, 2015||HOC-309|
|Yates and Baldwin continue their liaison as Frank begins to campaign in Iowa. While issuing a rousing speech in support of America Works, Frank is informed that eight Russians have been killed in the Jordan Valley. He cuts the rally short and promptly returns to Washington. Remy and Jackie Sharp meet, their former relationship continuing to haunt the pair. Gavin tells Doug he has discovered that Rachel is dead; Doug, distressed, relapses completely and spends the night drinking. The situation in the Jordan Valley takes a turn for the worse—Israel wants to publicly blame Palestine for the attack, and masses troops near the valley. Russian President Petrov blames the death of Russian soldiers on the United States, and refuses Underwood’s offer of assistance in determining the cause of the soldiers’ deaths. Claire meets with Ambassador Moryakov, who implies to her that the Russian FSB was behind the deaths; the explosion was an attempt by Petrov to sabotage the entire peacekeeping mission, which he opposed from the start. As a result, and in spite of questionable risks, the President approves a mission that will send U.S. operatives to the site of the blast to determine its cause. Remy, shaken by a run-in with police after being pulled over in D.C., visits Jackie’s apartment building; she tells him that she will always be there for him, as a friend. Doug goes to the White House to inform Frank of Rachel’s apparent death. Doug tells Frank that he is drunk, and breaks down in the Oval Office. Frank sends him home, with Meechum to keep an eye on him. Frank places the blame for Doug’s relapse on Heather Dunbar (who Doug had been working for), and threatens her. In the Situation Room, he watches the special operation in the Jordan Valley unfold; it fails, and the mission is aborted. Petrov calls Frank, informing him that footage of the operation has been leaked to the Israelis. Frank, enraged, hangs up—the entire Jordan Valley operation is now in danger.|
|36||10||"Chapter 36"||Agnieszka Holland||Frank Pugliese||February 27, 2015||HOC-310|
|Claire tries to negotiate a de-escalation between Israelis and Palestinians, while Israel institutes a no-fly zone. Frank gets confronted about the Jordan Valley mission while campaigning. He wants Jackie to postpone the debate until the Jordan Valley crisis is over. Jackie has doubts about the presidential run, while her husband encourages her. Stamper asks for his brother's family to visit. Yates reaches out to Tim Corbet to learn more about Frank's past, and asks Claire to meet to hear her part of the story. Alexi Moryakov has been recalled by Moscow. Frank decides to meet Petrov in Jordan Valley, as he needs a fast resolution of the crisis or his chance of winning in Iowa are jeopardized. He tells Claire her peace plan is dead. Petrov demands to both dismantle the peacekeeping mission and to make concessions on missile defense, knowing Frank's position is weak. He also demands that Claire should be removed as the ambassador, bragging about how easily he manipulated her into believing Petrov was behind the explosion. Frank has no choice but to comply. He admits that Claire meeting Petrov was a mistake. Gavin visits Lisa at home and admits his deceptions to her, telling her he is leaving and giving her Stamper's contact in case FBI comes looking for him. He leaves her his guinea pig. Frank meets Yates for late night drinks. Yates reminisces about his past as a prostitute. They share an intimate moment when Frank seems to be attracted to Yates but then sends him home. Claire is asked to change her image to help Frank's campaign. She agrees to do what she has to do.|
|37||11||"Chapter 37"||Agnieszka Holland||Melissa James Gibson||February 27, 2015||HOC-311|
|Gavin reveals to Doug that Rachel is not dead and agrees to release her exact location if Doug can help Gavin's friend. Claire begins campaigning on Frank's behalf while Frank prepares for the televised debate ahead, asking Jackie to raise the issue of Dunbar's children's private education. Jackie proposes Dunbar to join forces against Underwood expecting a position on her staff offered in the event of a win, with the deal falling through when Dunbar refuses. Frank wins the televised debate with the help of Jackie's attacks on Dunbar but upsets Jackie with an unprecedented attack on her, to which she has no response. Embarrassed, Jackie confronts Frank about the debate but Frank forcefully refuses to make any concessions. Jackie initially appears to understand Frank but she soon drops out of the race and endorses Heather Dunbar for the nomination. After voicing Jackie's concerns, as well as his own on Frank's treatment of his staff, and being ignored, Remy tells Seth Grayson he is resigning his position as Frank's Chief of Staff. Yates manages to have his first conversation with Claire while she donates blood, where she tells him she re-evaluates her marriage with Frank every seven years and suggests she is not completely satisfied. She passes out and Yates calls Frank, who reschedules to campaign with Claire.|
|38||12||"Chapter 38"||Robin Wright||Beau Willimon||February 27, 2015||HOC-312|
|Frank asks Claire to take a more active role in his campaign as she is more popular with the public than he, evidenced by Dunbar's lead over him in the polls. Robert Jacobs meets with Dunbar and asks her to replace him as a Supreme Court Justice and although she refuses Jacobs follows through with his retirement. After Frank reads the first chapter of Yates' book and sees it reveals details of his marriage with Claire, Frank chooses to fire Yates, despite Yates' convictions that the book will be a success if it takes this direction. In his disappointment, Yates threatens to release the chapter to someone else but Frank aggressively advises against doing so - when Yates gives the chapter to Kate Baldwin she is uninterested, much to his frustration. Remy tells Jackie he has chosen to retire from politics and relocate despite being offered a job on her team, which causes Jackie to admit she still has romantic feelings for him and the two sleep together. Dunbar offers $2 million to Doug Stamper for the journal which contains the truth about Claire's abortion. She meets privately with Frank and demands that he drop out of the race, but Frank is unfazed and denies the journal's existence. To demonstrate his loyalty, Stamper burns the page of the journal which could incriminate Claire in front of Frank as they meet, and insists there are no copies. He asks to fill the vacant Chief of Staff position, which Frank accepts (allowing Doug to begin attempting to locate Gavin Orsay), although Claire is disappointed in Frank for not choosing to discuss the matter with her privately beforehand. Claire later indicates doubts about their marriage and mutual trust after Frank says that her decision to resign the ambassadorship was entirely her own.|
|39||13||"Chapter 39"||James Foley||Beau Willimon||February 27, 2015||HOC-313|
|Doug Stamper flies to Caracas and beats Gavin into revealing the whereabouts of Rachel, who is holding two jobs and has bought documents to change her identity to Cassie Lockhart. Doug buys a van and supplies, stalks Rachel, abducts her, and ties her up in the back of the van. Rachel apologises to Doug, explaining she wishes she could take back her actions and was relieved when she heard he was alive. In a remote location, Doug informs Rachel that he intends to kill her painlessly, but Rachel reveals her new identity and begs to be released, explaining that she has no intention of revealing anything of her "old life" to anyone. Doug feels compelled to release Rachel, but realises, shortly after driving away, that the risk is too great, and turns back to kill her and bury her in the desert. In Iowa after campaigning, Claire asks Frank for rough sex but Frank cannot do it and recommends that she goes back to Washington. Claire invites Tom Yates to The White House to talk, and he reveals what she said to him while giving blood. Frank Underwood wins the Iowa vote, giving his victory speech alone. When he returns, Claire complains to Frank that she feels they are no longer equals and that she has become subordinate to him. Frank becomes irate and tells her that without him she is nothing and violently instructs her to go with him to New Hampshire and campaign with him as the First Lady should. However, the next morning, she tells him she is leaving him.|
The third season has received positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 77%, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Season three introduces intriguing new political and personal elements to Frank Underwood's character, even if it feels like more of the same for some."
For the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series received nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Kevin Spacey for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Robin Wright for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Michael Kelly for Outstanding Supporting in a Drama Series. For the 67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Reg E. Cathey won for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Rachel Brosnahan was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Jeff Beal won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.
For the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Kevin Spacey won for Best Drama Actor, and Robin Wright was nominated for Best Drama Actress. For the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Robin Wright was nominated for Best Drama Actress.
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