At 13 episodes long, the newest instalment of the hit show features no less scandal or surprise deaths, with a review already out of the first episode, but the way Claire (played by Robin Wright) orchestrated this one takes the cake even by Underwood's standards.
Tom (Paul Sparks) enters the show as an award-winning writer, hired by President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) to write a book about one of his programmes, but he gradually begins an affair with Claire that's approved by her husband at first.
In a harrowing scene in the season finale, and one which is the catalyst for pushing Claire into the Presidential seat, she poisons Tom and watches him slowly die while they have sex.
Actor Paul recently spoke out about his shock exit from the show, explaining that a part of him was happy with the direction his character took.
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I'm a total slave to a good story. I'm down with a good death
"I'm a total slave to a good story. I'm down with a good death. At the same time… It's disappointing because the [cast and crew] are like family and you get used to being around them," he said.
Although Sparks was quick to share how difficult shooting a double-whammy death and sex scene was, he had nothing but praise for his co-star when he spoke to TV Line.
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"Robin is a great director and a great actress, so I felt very taken care of through all of it. It was fun. It worked out that it was kind of the last thing I shot.
"I don't know if warm and fuzzy was the right word, but it felt like a nice conclusion to my time on the show," the actor added.
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Showrunning pair Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson also revealed why they made the decision to kill off the popular character, when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.
"She [Claire] shared more with him than most. That was part of getting to where she was going. She needed to step over that herself and it would harm her. It would not come with some sort of consequences."
House of Cards season five is available on Netflix now.