Season five centres around Frank and Claire Underwood’s presidential election campaign and the resulting fall-out, parts of which mirrors the circus surrounding real-life President Donald Trump.
Showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese have put any similarities down to coincidence, revealing that “most of the scripts were written” six months before the November 2016 election.
Speaking to Vulture, Gibson said: “That’s what’s so crazy. We were shooting episode ten and eleven on election day, so the season had long been broken and conceived and written, actually.”
Pugliese added: “In a way if there are any similarities, it’s because as writers and in the writers room, we were present and connected and tapping into things that were happening around us culturally and politically, which seems to be the same things that got Trump elected or worked towards Trump getting elected.
“The show exploring nationalism and populism is something we started playing with starting in season three — the idea that a politician or a president might take advantage of that.”
“We’re responding to the Zeitgeist,” Gibson chimed.
House of Cards season 5 follows Frank and Claire Underwood's election campaign
House of Cards: As part of his plot to “make the fear”, Frank issues an executive order to create national guard-protected voting centres for the presidential election, citing “our constitution and the laws of our land, including Section Blah Blah of the Blah Blah Act and Section Blah Blah of Title Blah Blah, Paragraph Bulls*** Bulls***.”
The order is part of Frank’s plot to suppress voter turnout in Republican-leaning swing states, which he needs in order to win the election.
Trump: Between January and May Donald Trump has 36 executive orders, which have become a signature part of his presidency.
Among the most controversial orders are a reversal of climate change policy, plans to construct a border wall with Mexico, and two travel bans on a handful of majority Muslim nations.
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Donald Trump has signed more than 35 executive orders
House of Cards: Faced with the threat of a home-grown terror network on US soil, Frank’s solution is to instate strict border controls with “unprecedented” restrictions on visas.
Secretary of State Catherine Durant tells the President: “Virtually closing down all borders without any hard evidence to back it up”
“A lot of innocent people are trying to get into this country they could be hurt by this.”
Trump: On January 27, 2017, a week after taking office, Mr Trump introduced a ban on travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days.
The ban was suspended by US courts after protests and outrage from leaders across the world, criticising the lack of clear information given and the effect on travellers and refugees.
Mr Trump signed a replacement order in March which removed Iraq from the list of banned nations, but this was blocked by courts just hours before it was due to come into effect.
Last month the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the revised travel ban.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to "seek review" of the case at the Supreme Court.
Frank announces a travel ban early on in the season
House of Cards: Throughout season five Frank uses hacking to swing the result of the election.
He has Aidan Macallan hack into the NSA to create fake terror threats in an attempt to scare voters into staying home on polling day.
Trump: In January 2017, the Obama administration concluded that Russia used hacking to influence the presidential election.
Hackers with ties to the Kremlin allegedly provided WikiLeaks with thousands of stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee.
The CIA concluded that Russia was attempting to stop Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency.
Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied that his administration was behind any cyber-attacks.
Mr Trump has refuted any links with Moscow, however the FBI is investigating alleged connections between Russia and members of his election campaign.
The Trump campaign has been accused of colluding with Russia
Investigation and impeachment
House of Cards: Early on in the new season, Congress hatches a plan to investigate Frank’s misdoings with a view to impeach him.
Later on in the season, a congressional committee launches a formal probe, with former President Walker and FBI deputy director Nathan Green brought in for questioning.
Trump: The FBI is currently investigating members of Mr Trump’s election campaign for alleged links to Russia.
Mr Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after having secret conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Mr Flynn admitted: “ I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.”
The probe was being led by FBI director James Comey until he was sacked by Mr Trump last month.
Memos taken by Mr Comey allege that Mr Trump asked him to drop the investigation into Mr Flynn, leading several Democrats to call for the president’s impeachment.
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House of Cards: After Frank manipulates the results of the election, protestors gather around the White House chanting “not my president”, and holding placards which read “Never Underwood”.
Trump: “Not my president” became a rallying cry for those who opposed Mr Trump’s presidency after it emerged that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote by almost 3 million,
Going back even further, Never Trump was the name given to a movement among Republicans who opposed Mr Trump’s bid for the party’s presidential nomination.
House of Cards season 5 is available on Netflix now.