Warning – spoilers for House of Cards season 5.
The new season sees the Underwoods dial up their promise to “make the terror” in an attempt to swing the election.
After attempting to declare war on terror group ICO, Frank pressures a handful of Republican-leaning swing states to establish military-manned voting centres under the guise of protecting the electorate.
His real plan is to frighten voters so that they remain at home on voting day, hoping that low turnout will give him a better chance of winning the election.
The states’ governors are wary, but are convinced to cooperate after hacker Aidan Macallan fakes a terror-cyber-attack.
On election day it becomes apparent that Frank’s plan has failed.
Although voter turnout is lower than expected (by as much as 30 per cent), Conway looks set to become the next president.
The only way for Frank to block Conway’s victory is to use America’s notoriously complex electoral system to his advantage.
Showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson have manipulated elements of the US constitution to craft a plot which while seeming ridiculous, follows the letter of the law.
Under the American system a candidate must win 270 out of 538 electoral college votes in order to become the president.
Before Conway can win the required votes, Frank puts a plan into motion to create a deadlock.
He exaggerates a terror threat at polling centre in Tennessee, forcing the state’s governor to close the polls. He then has Aidan create a fake terror threat in Ohio.
While Doug pressures the Ohio governor to close the polls, throwing around accusations of voter suppression, Frank calls Conway to concede.
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This way, he appears innocent when Ohio announces that it will not declare a result, resulting in a stalemate.
Nine weeks after the election, the US is still without a president.
Neither Ohio or Tennessee have certified their results, forcing officials to invoke a clause of the 12th Amendment which states that if the election result is inconclusive, the House of Representatives will elect a president and the Senate will choose a vice president.
It is decided that the votes will be held simultaneously, raising the prospect of a split-ticket White House.
Claire is elected vice president, but neither Frank or Conway win the required votes to become president.
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In the interim Claire is sworn in as acting leader, and is faced with the prospect of working alongside Conway.
Aware that Frank will struggle to win a House revote, Claire pressures Congress into holding a new state vote in Ohio and Tennessee, agreeing to resign as vice president.
With power returned to the people, Frank and Claire turn to the media to complete their election plot.
They leak a recording of an exhausted Conway tearing into two pilots, just days before the second vote.
They also release audio of Conway’s running mate, General Brockhart, telling soldiers to kill Frank if he gives a certain order.
The plan works, and Frank is elected as president, with Claire returned as his second-in-command.
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At their inauguration, Frank delivers a chilling monologue to viewers.
“You made this bed, America,” he says.
“You voted for me. Are you confused? Are you afraid? Because what you thought you wanted is now here.
“And there you are, staring back, slack-jawed, bewildered, wondering if this is what you actually asked for. This democracy, your democracy, elected me.
“And if you think it was hard getting here, you’re beginning to understand what I’m willing to do to stay.”
House of Cards season 5 is available now on Netflix.