If you've been watching House of Cards, you've experienced the weirdness of watching a US election plotline at the same time as the US election in real life.
You might be wondering, purely because of some of the candidates and news stories: "Which one is more realistic? What would Frank Underwood make of it?"
At a Netflix event in Paris today, Kevin Spacey was asked how Frank Underwood compared to the current presidential candidates. He said:
We just need to remember that he's a a fictional character. And that some of the candidates running appear to be fictional characters.
There is a parallel election happening on the show. … Sometimes I leave the set and I go to my hotel room and I wonder whether we have gone too far. Have we crossed the Rubicon? Is there something we have done that feels unreal and unbelievable and crazy? And then I turn on the television and I watch the news, and I think that we haven't gone far enough.
Spacey also said Beau Willimon's departure as showrunner from House of Cards will not result in a change in the direction of the show:
The writers room is the same writers that we had in Season 4. Nothing has changed in terms of the quality of work that we are going to be doing.