House of Cards’ Vladimir Putin Villain: Creator Beau Willimon on the Show’s Russian Arc

February 28, 2015 11:46 AM

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House of Cards’ Vladimir Putin Villain: Creator Beau Willimon on the Show’s Russian Arc

The hotly anticipated third season of House of Cards premiered on Netflix at 3 a.m. ET Friday, and the stakes have never been higher. Southern Democrat Frank Underwood has initiated a coup within his own party and impeached President Walker, thus ascending to the highest office in the land: the Oval Office. But now, President Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his cunning wife, Claire (Robin Wright), have bigger fish to fry.

“Frank said it himself towards the end of last season: the higher you get up the mountain, the more treacherous the path,” creator Beau Willimon tells The Daily Beast. “He’s dealing with heads of state now and entire nations. There is a level of machismo, for sure, in the way some heads of state dea...

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