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.

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.

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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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