'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: Bitter Truths

Contains spoilers -- do not read unless you've seen House Of Cards Season 1, Episode 11

For the first 10 episodes of House Of Cards, there has been a layer of secrecy and double-dealing over everything. Typical of politics, there's always that level of occurrence that's inaccessible, disguised in jargon and back-room meetings. What we get is second-hand information, manipulated and massaged by people out to meet their agendas. With Peter's very public implosion, that layer has disintegrated, and the characters on the show have no choice but to reveal their truths, no matter what the consequence. When we see Stamper at the end of the episode fiddling with a chessboard, that's no random placement. This is the moment before checkmate. It's make-or-break for Frank.



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