So this is it, the final episode. Can President Walker survive? Probably not but what else happens? Will we see any more three ways? There was a lot of questions to be answered going into the finale, so I’m not going to keep you waiting any longer.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Frank Becomes President
So he finally got there. It took basically two seasons but Frank Underwood is the President of the United States. After putting enough pressure other democrats like Jackie Sharp, Frank makes sure Walker knows that impeachment is inevitable. Prior to ascending to the presidency, Frank reaches out to Walker and the two mend their relationship. Raymond Tusk, who was going to be given a pardon, has it rescinded, and implicates himself in money laundering in order to bring the president down with him. But the main takeaway from a really disappointing finale was that Frank becomes president.
2. Doug Dies
It takes about 40 minutes for anything to happen in this episode and it’s mildly entertaining when it does. After being reached out to by the hacktivist (McPoyle, his name is Gregory in the show), Doug learns that the hacker knows everything about Rachel (which would probably link Frank to Peter Russo’s death in season one). When Doug decides to move Rachel, she thinks he’s going to kill her so escapes his car and runs into the woods where she ambushes him with a rock, killing him, or so we think.
3. Frank Appeases the Chinese
In one of his first actions as president, Frank hands over Fang, rescinding his status in the U.S, to the Chinese where he’s wanted on corruption charges. When Frank is reminded that he will probably be executed, our anti-hero doesn’t care. What’s most interesting about this is that the reopening of relations with China will probably make Tusk and ally of Frank’s in season three.
4. Megan Tries to Commit Suicide
In a tie-up of one subplot, it’s revealed that Megan tried to commit suicide after the military sexual assault bill evaporated. She gets more drugged up and yells at Claire when she goes to visit. Claire cries. Difficult to care about what is a really sensitive issue in America right now.
5. It Was a Disappointing Finale
Compared to the first episode and the eleventh (the one with the three way), this was a total damp squib. It take 40 minutes for anything really juicy to happen and when it does it’s underwhelming (maybe he should change his name to Frank Underwhelm, LoL). The whole season felt like it went that way, the inevitability of Frank ascending to presidency made you wish they would have gotten out of the way sooner. But it was not to be and they left the presidency until the last few moments of the last episode. All in all, a disappointing follow-up to season one, maybe upon second viewing, I’ll rethink, but right now the show has to pick up its game for season three.