"Happy Independence Day to me," Wright's Claire Underwood says in obvious reference to Spacey's firing from the Netflix series.
Claire Underwood is ready to finally take command on "House of Cards," and so is Robin Wright. In a playful promo for the upcoming season, both women effectively declare their independence from Kevin Spacey.
The promo was released on the Fourth of July holiday, and shows Wright's Claire Underwood sitting on the same stone chair -- think Lincoln Memorial -- we've seen Spacey's Frank Underwood on before. Only Frank is nowhere to be found as Clair declares, "Happy Independence Day to me."
As the words #MyTurn flash on the screen, the double meaning is evident. This is both a bold new step for the character of Claire Underwood, but it's also a major step forward for "House of Cards" and Robin Wright in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations brought against former series star Kevin Spacey.
A message from the President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/yx0P3qyHfW— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) July 4, 2018
Allegations first surfaced in October 2017, when actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances toward him when he was 14-years old. Since then, multiple men have come forth with allegations from throughout Spacey's career. He has denied these charges, but the reaction from Netflix was swift and definitive.
Spacey was fired from "House of Cards," even as filming on the upcoming final season had already begun. After a brief hiatus to regroup and strategize, the network decided the show would go on, with Wright stepping into the lead role. The stage had been set for her ascension, ironically, as she had become president in the previous season finale.
Now, it's just a matter of figuring out how to write Frank Underwood out of the show, with many fans calling for his murder ... possibly at Claire's hands. Considering the brutality and duplicitous behavior already displayed on the show, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch.
Perhaps the most unfortunate part of the whole thing for "Cards" fans, who have been rallying behind Robin Wright's character and performance since the first season, is that she is taking the reigns with only eight episodes left to go. Perhaps if response is strong enough, Netflix can either continue the show, or consider a Claire spinoff.
"House of Cards" is expected to return this fall for its final season on Netflix.