Synopsis: Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name.
Genre: Drama
Actors: Robin Wright, Kevin Spacey, Michael Kelly, Derek Cecil
  Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 27 wins & 198 nominations.
51 min

Three! Two! One! Noisemakers. Applause. People kiss and

hug. The sound fades as one face in the crowd, Francis, turns

to the camera.

We PAN to the stage to reveal a beaming GARRETT WALKER (late

40s), the apotheosis of leadership. He’s flanked by his

family - wife PATRICIA and two teenage sons. They lead the

crowd in “Auld Lang Syne.”


President-Elect Garrett Walker. I

might not like him, I might not

believe in him, but it doesn’t



The camera finds Francis in the adoring crowd.


(staring up at Walker)

Anyone who can get 70 million

Americans to vote for him deserves

my respect.

(to the camera)

I helped get him elected. After

twenty-five years in Congress I can

tell which way the wind is blowing.

We CUT TO to Walker’s soon-to-be V.P. JIM MATTHEWS (early

60s) and his large gaggle of a family.


Jim Matthews - his Vice President.

Former Governor of Pennsylvania.

He did his duty delivering the

Keystone State. Now they’ll put

him pasture. He has four years of

obscurity and impotence ahead of


CUT TO Walker’s recently appointed Chief of Staff LINDA

VASQUEZ. She’s in the back of the ballroom, being prepped

with make-up for a TV stand-up interview.


Linda Vasquez - Walker’s Chief of

Staff. I like her even less than

Walker, but she’s the gate keeper

to the White House. If you don’t

want to be left standing out in the

cold, you can’t ignore the person

holding the keys.

The lights from the TV cam flip on, bathing her face in a

bright glow. She instantly flashes a toothy smile.

We CUT BACK TO Francis standing in the crowd, his arm around

Claire’s waist. She’s singing along with the crowd.

Rate this script:(4.20 / 5 votes)

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…

All Beau Willimon scripts | Beau Willimon Scripts

FAVORITE (2 fans)

Discuss this House of Cards script with the community:


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"House of Cards" STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 26 Sep. 2018. <>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

House of Cards

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.