House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 52 

As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with an extremist leader. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.


Jakob Verbruggen


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Joel Kinnaman ... Will Conway
Dominique McElligott ... Hannah Conway
Damian Young ... Aidan Macallan
Andrew Polk ... Harry Marshall
Jeremy Holm ... Nathan Green


As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with an extremist leader. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

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English | Arabic

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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The final episode Beau Willimon, the creator of the show, served as executive producer on. See more »


When Underwood addresses the press conference to announce the release of the two hostages, he says they were rescued at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Since Standard Time resumes in the US on the first Sunday of November, the earliest this could be would be November 1st, which would be only two days before the election. Later, when Conway reacts to the breaking of the Underwood scandal, he tells his staff to wait 'for a few days' to see what the consequences are. Not plausible. Continuity checkers missed that 'Standard Time' in the script; should have been Daylight Time. See more »


Claire Underwood: You're a well-educated man, Yusuf, and you don't care about Islam or the caliphate. You're just using that to radicalize soldiers.
Yusuf Al Ahmadi: Just as you use democracy and freedom.
Claire Underwood: So now we understand each other.
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4 March 2016 | by jonas-buxteSee all my reviews

There are so many parts of this series that are outstanding, that catching them all would take too long and wouldn't help anyone reading it because the only thing that that would lead to is spoiler content. Thus, I'm making it very short: At the start I believed the still flashy, but not as bright excellence of season 3 would continue but luckily it proved me all wrong. I only have one sentence to describe this season and I think many will think the same:

This series will never cease to impress me.


Edit to fill the lines: I'm not an American, nor do I really care about their politics. But watching them dig their own grave by having not one presidential candidate that radiates strength really troubles me after just watching this series. Finish it and ask yourself, if any of the current candidates would make a good standing at just one of the troubles that occur in this fictional, but at least somewhat realistic series.

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