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What Robin Wright Wishes Had Happened Before House Of Cards Ended

Very soon, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and co. will be back doing business with some nasty people in the final season of Netflix's hit series, "Ozark." One person that's no stranger to carrying the weight of a popular program's swan song also happens to be one of its guest directors this year — Robin Wright. The former star of the critically acclaimed drama "House of Cards" was left to lead the David Fincher-produced series on her own after her former co-star Kevin Spacey was ejected from the show following allegations of sexual misconduct, one of the many projects he was either removed from or replaced following the scandal.

The final season saw her character, Claire Underwood, take a seat at the Oval Office after Frank Underwood's resignation as president and off-screen death. Robin Wright received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the show, marking her sixth nomination since the show's debut (via IMDB). At the same time, she was commended for her performance in the show's final season, regardless of Spacey's presence — or lack thereof — which is felt throughout. While the damage control to send the show off on the best note possible was applied, there was still always one issue had that Wright felt would've served her character far better than the ending she received.

Robin Wright wished she'd earned her presidency the right way on House of Cards

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2021, Wright looked back on her time on the show that had audiences hooked to Netflix for six years. While she molded Claire into a calculating and powerful figure not dissimilar from her husband, the final stages of her character arc complicated that machiavellian image with moments of profound pathos.

Wright not only starred in but directed the show's final episode. She told Entertainment Weekly, "it was quite an honor to close out the show [as director]. I did wish that [Claire] had been nominated as president legitimately," she admitted. Upon reflection, Wright said, "that would have been a nice little caveat to put out in the world to say, 'See? It's possible.'" It's an understandable want as it would've been a continuation of the storyline, which set a woman in the highest office in the land. It didn't happen, but Wright handled it brilliantly nonetheless.