“House of Cards” returns: Let the war between Frank and Claire Underwood begin

February 28, 2015 12:17 AM

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Frank Underwood is getting older. As season 3 of “House of Cards” progresses, one carefully framed and neutrally toned shot after another, it becomes more and more obvious: his dark hair is graying, his erect stature is beginning to sag and stoop. It’s the show’s canny nod to the visual palette of Washington, D.C., a landscape it is in love with and in the business of reproducing. Politicians wear black, gray, blue and occasionally red; offices are painted and outfitted in tastefully muted furnishings. And a commander in chief’s hair goes gray.

Next to him, in stark contrast, blooms Claire Underwood — somehow increasingly beautiful with age, every blonde hair perfectly in place. She has, from the pilot of “House of Cards,” been Frank’s enigmatic arm candy; he shares his strategies and observations with us, the audience, but she keeps her o...

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