How Beau Willimon writes House of Cards

‘Don’t write. Instead, go do something that will make you happy.’

‘You’re still here? Congratulations, you’re a writer. You’d crawl through the desert to tell a story’.

Beau Willimon wrote for theatre for twenty years. Four years ago he had his big break when Netflix purchased two seasons of House of Cards. At SxSW 2015, he gave us some insight on how he writes the episodes. Moreover, he encouraged everyone to keep writing, even though your work isn’t recognized yet. “The important dramatists from a hundred years ago are forgotten. So will you, hundred years from now. But remember, we’re standing on their shoulders. Future writers will be standing on yours.” Continue reading “How Beau Willimon writes House of Cards”

Frank Underwood is an optimist, says his creator

The show’s creator, for his part, has claimed he doesn’t have a cynical view of politics: Dead bodies and callous plots aside, Frank Underwood is an “optimist at heart,” Willimon insists. “He says, ‘Forward progress. Momentum. Do something instead of nothing.’”

Says House of Cards-creator Beau Willimon in an interview with Politico. I didn’t see that coming (I thought House of Cards served more as a cynical response to The West Wing – proving how politics has changed).

But as Politico says: the gridlock American politics is in, makes you wish for a getting-things-done-guy like Underwood.

Even when he’s surrounded by dead bodies?