House of Cards script
House of Cards  Episode #Pilot (2013)
Synopsis: U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he's too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

FRANCIS:

As for me - I’m the House Majority

Whip. In other words - I get things

done. When it comes to legislation

I make the magic happen. I

transform the impossible into the

probable.

We ZOOM IN SLOWLY on Francis.

5.

FRANCIS (CONT’D)

But it’s time to move up a rung.

I’ve paid my dues. I’ve backed the

right man. And now that he’s won

I’ll get my just reward. Give and

take, give and take, and so the

world spins.

TIGHT on Francis’ face, filling the frame.

FRANCIS (CONT’D)

Welcome to Washington.

TITLE AND CREDITS

Iconic shots of D.C. - the Capitol, the Washington Monument,

Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, etc. But we see them from

odd angles, cast in dark shadows or beneath moody skies. The

feeling should be ominous.

We shift to interiors - dark hallways and restaurant booths

where slow-motion, silhouetted figures conspire with one

another.

Interlaced with all of this are recurring shots of dextrous

hands expertly shuffling a deck of cards and dealing them

out. The FINAL IMAGE should be of the dealer unveiling his

hand to the camera: not four, but FIVE one-eyed jacks.

INT. FRANCIS’S CAR - NIGHT

Francis and Claire ride in the back the SUV. Steve drives.

CLAIRE:

(she runs her hand through

his hair)

You should get a hair cut.

FRANCIS:

You think?

CLAIRE:

Just a little trim maybe. What

suit are you going to wear?

FRANCIS:

For the meeting, or for the

CLAIRE:

For the announcement.

6.

FRANCIS:

My navy blue one, with the pin

stripes.

CLAIRE:

Good. You look handsome in that

suit.

She leans into him, slips her hand between his thighs. She

starts to kiss his neck.

FRANCIS:

(in a whisper)

We’re only five minutes from the

house.

CLARIE:

You’re going to make me wait?

FRANCIS:

(with a sly smile)

Patience is a virtue.

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Beau Willimon

Pack Beauregard "Beau" Willimon (born October 26, 1977) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is the creator of the Netflix original series House of Cards and served as showrunner for the first four seasons. more…

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