House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 43 

Claire threatens Frank while Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia.


Robin Wright


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Eisa Davis ... Cynthia Driscoll
Ellen Burstyn ... Elizabeth Hale
David Pittu ... Dr. Saxon
Ellen Harvey ... Martha Wilson
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Director of National Intelligence


Claire threatens Frank while Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia.

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Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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"Your job is not to dissuade me, but figure out how we sell it"
9 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Loved pretty much the whole of Season 1, with only "Chapter 8" disappointing a little. Loved most of Season 2, namely the whole of the second half ("Chapter 19" onwards where all the episodes were excellent). Season 3 was more uneven and the second half was better than the first, though none of the episodes were below decent level. Even the more divisive ones ("Chapter 29" and "Chapter 32", liked both better than others but they were the season's weakest), though was expecting more from the season finale.

Although all three of the previous fourth season episodes had a huge amount to admire, especially "Chapter 41" (so a promising start indeed and already a better start than Season 3, though not everybody is going to agree with that), it was with the fourth episode "Chapter 43" where Season 4 hit its stride. To me, it's the first outstanding Season 4 episode, a season (and show) high point and the best since "Chapter 38" which was one of the best episodes of the previous season.

"Chapter 43" has more intensity, and the most tense parts are quite nail-biting, intrigue and emotional impact than the previous Season 4 episodes. It also builds upon and progresses what was seen before in the previous episodes and even what some of the subplotting in Season 1, while setting up what is to come. It does both fantastically. While the big event itself is one of the most shocking events on the whole of 'House of Cards', it was the aftermath that thrilled even more where one is always intrigued and kept in non-stop suspense. Some great character interaction.

Of the character interactions, the most interesting is that between Claire and Blythe. Goodness isn't Claire quite the master manipulator, in a way not seen to this extent before, and the interaction with the weaker and noticeably more indecisive Blythe was like a serpent taunting its prey before going for the kill. What was also striking was how much of a formidable presence Frank has on everybody and everything even when he's offscreen, then again that was always the case with him so it was not a surprise but up to this point of the show not to this extent.

Not everybody likes Doug Stamper (personally do find him very interesting and he has been developed very well), but his role here had heart, more so than in anything in Season 3 regarding his character, and we see how much of an influence Frank has on him and how important he is to him. Frank continues to be a fascinating lead character and Claire here is every bit his equal. Kevin Spacey, Michael Kelly and particularly Robin Wright are brilliant here.

The quality of the production values is still very high, love the slickness and class. The writing here is the best it's been in a while, the intensity, the intrigue, the bite, emotional power, all there. The direction never lets the tension slip, the big event is thrillingly staged and the suspense in the aftermath never lets up, neither does the intrigue in the lead up to this event.

In summation, outstanding. 10/10

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