I was really excited about it because I was going to get to executive produce and direct. I’ve always been so grateful with everything they’ve written for that character and to do it in such an interesting way, I’m just grateful. I think that’s to be forever debated. Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) is a scary, dangerous man — he’s not the kind of guy you just fire and wish well, President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). “There’s that finality to it for me as an actor to completely close that chapter of my life,” Kelly says. Even when we were doing the season and Frank was gone, it still wasn’t determined who was going to do be the killer. Doug Stamper, tutto per il presidente (stagione 4) Claire Underwood, spettri del passato (stagione 2) Claire Underwood, ruolo della moglie (stagione 1) Doug, gestire le conseguenze (stagione 5) Michael, molti, “nessuno” e verità (stagione 5) It's OK, everyone, he's not dead. When [the showrunners] came to me with that, I threw up in my mouth. When it comes to romance, Doug found comfort once again in the arms of his Season 4 ladyfriend, Laura Moretti (played by Wendy Moniz), aka the wife of the man that Doug let die … He was done and he knew he wasn’t going to get what he wanted in the end. She fled to New Mexico and went by the name of "Cassie Lockhart", reinventing herself. Much like the previous teaser, the new trailer reminds fans that Frank Underwood will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I was going to be with him and I was going to get out. Is he talking to himself? So the way we shot it, we had to break it up and that's what took so long. The series ended with the last living man who knew all of the Underwood secrets bleeding out on the Oval Office carpet and dying in Claire's arms. Since you had seen some of the original scripts and filmed some episodes, how was Doug Stamper going to factor into that story? Douglas "Doug" Stamper was President Frank Underwood's White House Chief of Staff and former director of strategy. In the end, who was the biggest monster of all? Doug Stamper (42) Francis Underwood (33) Edward Meechum (18) Claire Underwood (14) Seth Grayson (13) Rachel Posner (5) Remy Danton (3) Garrett Walker (2) Sam Winchester (1) Dean Winchester (1) Include Relationships Edward Meechum/Francis Underwood (12) Doug Stamper/Francis Underwood (11) Seth Grayson/Doug Stamper (6) Rachel Posner/Doug Stamper (5) A native of Montgomery County, he was the son Betty Barnes McGee, of Jeffersonville and the late Glenn Stamper. Because, if anything, I hope that this show makes you ask some questions about yourself, about the current political environment, about how you feel about power. I remember thinking back, because we were always talking through how the show was going to end, and there was a version in my head where I said this was a great opportunity for us to say that journalism wins: Give Janine and Hammer everything and let Claire only think she’s won at the end. And his right hand man Doug Stamper? He didn’t have the only person he really knew in life. To Doug, that is the first in a series of missteps taken by Claire, a woman who is dead-set on ruining the man Doug would die for and the legacy they had built. News Death NoticeSTAMPER, Douglas H. Doug Stamper passed away Sunday, January 3rd 2016 after 40 days in UC SICU. AdChoices | House of Cards is set in a political world, but this is a show that’s about power and I think we showed this year, more than ever, what abuse of power looks like. Once he drew blood from Claire, there was no walking out of that Oval Office without walking straight into a prison. Maybe you could do a Frances, with an “e,” spinoff [the name Doug suggested to Claire for her and Frank's baby]. With the ship going down, Stamper murders 17 of the British sailors who survived the sinking before having Scott to send his diver… I never saw it. Non è figlio della tenebra, perché quello è Frank. In my opinion, it’s a very sad time politically and sometimes, as a country, you have to take a step backwards before you can take a step forward. I think she knew pretty soon thereafter it happened. And I think Robin had an idea for herself about what her address is about. But I told [the showrunners] that I couldn’t talk to the audience because it didn’t make sense to me. But no, I didn’t think it was going to be Doug. So I think for him, it was this beautiful moment of resolve and release of the demons. He is a non-entity with no real depth just a hodgepodge of weirdness masquerading as a back story. He then tracked down Rachel and started stocking up his unmarked van with rope, bleach, a shovel — you know, typical murder supplies. It’s not something Doug would do. Those guys are incredible writers and to get to say those words is a great honor. Then at the end, he’s willing to settle for her just saying it out loud, that she’s nothing without him. well-timed release days ahead of the midterm elections. !” And then it did make sense. Janine's name isn’t on the list of enemies that Doug handed Claire — right? And frankly, that should terrify you. Will the one person left who is still hot on Claire's trail — journalist Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) — expose all of her misdeeds? And both were OK with him, I think. Stamper is the mole. Gavin and Doug meet, Gavin having located Rachel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Of course, Doug makes it look like an accidental overdose of medication. Before Kevin Spacey was fired and the show had to be reworked, the initial plan was for the final season showdown to be between Claire Hale (formerly, Underwood) and Frank Underwood. We’ve never seen anything like this in real-life politics. Then the season was being reworked and they decided to kill Frank offscreen. That answer is no. James Gibson said it was a sign that the House of Card rules were imploding. Oh, my God. What did you think of how the show handled Frank’s death? The truth ultimately is revealed in the final moments of the season: Doug Stamper, Frank’s eternally loyal right-hand man played by Kelly, admits to a … Maybe Doug would have taken a bullet for him in the end anyway? Definitely. How do you imagine Claire would explain away Doug's murder in the Oval Office? Loyal. And that was so much fun to play with her. But his life was Frank and his life was work. “He’s finally at peace. Doug Stamper later met up with Rachel, and gave her $10,000 cash to keep quiet about Russo. For me, it became this incredibly compelling story to tell for Doug, to have that be his driving force. With the big Season 2 cliffhanger fans were left wondering, is Doug Stamper dead on House of Cards? As Doug Stamper in House of Cards, Michael Kelly expertly ranges from silently smoldering to outright psycho. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her character, but in my opinion, I think she knows it wasn’t her, so then the next logical conclusion for her is definitely Doug. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter I had to make it mine. I don’t know how the pardons or any of that was going to play out, but I was going to be, obviously, on Frank's side. We know Doug Stamper. He died in his sleep and alone, poisoned by his right-hand man, Doug Stamper. But then Stamper … He doesn’t try to live. As Doug explains it, “I had to protect the legacy from the man.” The idea here throughout the season is that Doug Stamper is obsessed with protecting Frank’s reputation above all else. On our “means, motive, and opportunity” checklist, Claire scores a hat trick.Jane DavisCould’ve done it on Claire’s behalf. Doug set out … The writers decided to kill Frank offscreen and, in a clip meant to fill viewers in before watching the season, it's revealed that Claire had her ex-president husband disgracefully buried next to his father in Gaffney, instead of Arlington. "Doug's whole season is dedicated to protecting this man’s legacy and trying to clear his name. Doug Stamper, who works for Frank Underwood, then meets up with Rachel Posner and gives her $10,000 to keep quiet about what happened with Peter Russo. It also lent a little bit to Doug losing his mind in the end. That’s all he has. Once she turns the letter opener on him, he doesn’t fight. Crying and then going back to not crying. As always, on House of Cards, whatever they give me, I’m grateful. Robin, the writers and myself, we were all collaborating. Doug left her the coordinates to Rachel Posner's buried body. The Hollywood Reporter is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper (President Frank Underwood's White House chief of staff), told Gold Derby what he thought when he found out about what happened at the end of … 11:45am PT In the Oval Office, we see a pregnant Claire waiting to receive Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), who was the former White House Chief of Staff - and Frank's right-hand man - … I think my immediate reaction was, “No! If I remember correctly, Robin wanted two days to do it, but that would have put us over a holiday weekend. I didn’t get to read a lot of it, but I do know that the two of us [Doug and Frank] were going to go in the direction of the private sector [that had been set up by the season five finale]. All rights reserved. Best employee ever Doug Stamper is taking the fall for the world’s cruelest boss. And when both of those were gone, it was, to me, this beautiful moment. [Warning: Spoilers!] Though Doug's death definitively closes Kelly's run on House of Cards, the open-ended finale left much to be desired after the screen faded to black for the last time. Frank Underwood doesn't trust too many people in the world. Rachel Posner (23 February 1990-18 January 2016) was a former prostitute who was involved in some of Congressman Frank Underwood's intrigues, having a relationship with his Chief-of-Staff Doug Stamper before Stamper murdered her.. That was it. Absolutely. The obvious Doug Stamper match for the Clintons would be Sidney Blumenthal, a former assistant and senior adviser to President Clinton. I don’t think there’s any coincidence about that. The irony of it all is that's what [Doug] is doing all season. And to have everything unravel. We didn't lose Doug in all his soft-voiced, menacing, and eerily devoted-to-Frank glory. It’s funny because the day before, I thought we might finish early. Someone who is so unquestioning, so steadfast in their loyalty that they build their entire identity around your success and happiness? I never wanted it to be about me sharing something with the audience with a wink and a nod like Frank did. Dearest husband of Marion Stamper NEE: Feldmann, dear son of the late Douglas, Sr. and Mamie Marie Stamper; devoted father of Cynthia (Dennis) James and Gregory (Deborah) Stamper; beloved grandfather of Michael, Sarah, Rebecca, Lisa, Christine, Randy and Terri; also survived by numerous … Season 3 showed a new kind of Doug, one who's probably much more terrifying than the Doug Stamper we saw in earlier seasons. Secret Service Agent Edward Meechum? He was preceded in death by his wife, Kimberly Stamper and his parents, I’m remembering filming that day and I’m not 100 percent certain, but I feel like at that point we decided that it was Doug. We may have even decided that day. (Spoilers) Doug Stamper SPOILER in Season One, Doug throws a brick into the Underwoods' window as part of a complex scheme for Frank (and therefore him by association) to gain power. Sitemap | At the beginning of the season, you really find a man who is so incredibly lost. Just give me the pardon for him.” And she said no. Truth be told, that’s why Doug didn’t follow through with killing Claire. While the big finale twist is proving polarizing, Kelly stands by Doug’s death. He just turned it over. I don’t know what made it into the final cut, but it was a four- or five-page scene on paper. This season had a well-timed release days ahead of the midterm elections. Jumping to the last scene and his death: After playing Doug for six seasons, how do you feel about the final card he was dealt? Is he just really gone now?” I wanted it to be interesting and something specific, because I always think those are the strongest choices. Doug drove Rachel into the woods in his car without saying anything, so she tried to flee; she hit him in the head with a rock and tried to flee in his car. Doug Stamper returns in the latest House of Cards teaser; which, similar to the previously released teasers, shows viewers only bits and pieces of what’s coming in Season 4. For each of the three characters, the way in which they do their direct addresses are different. Best employee ever Doug Stamper is taking the fall for the world’s cruelest boss. The co-showrunners have explained why they couldn’t just erase the character. The House of Cards fixer played by Michael Kelly was so loyal, in fact, that the Netflix political saga ended its sixth and final season with Doug revealing to Robin Wright's POTUS that he was the one who murdered Frank (Kevin Spacey) in order to protect the "legacy from the man." "-Doug dies, Francis’ reputation is in tatters, and Claire remains in the White House, still pregnant, as the season, and the series of House of Cards itself, fades to black. Share your thoughts in the comments section. Michael Joseph Kelly Jr. (born May 22, 1969) is an American actor. All rights reserved. That’s why, in my mind, he didn’t go through with pushing the opener through her throat. It was a cool story, how we moved forward. Here's who really killed Frank Underwood in House of Cards.Kevin Spacey's character is dead. He was the good son, an unfailing loyalist to the Underwood regime. At first it was more of a, “Wait, what? I think they were both equally awful and equally monstrous. The energy it took for the two of us to get through that at the end of the 14 hours, when I put my head in her lap, I could have very easily fallen asleep. Claire and Frank already had their face-off in season five — and Frank lost. Frank and Doug have been feeding him information via birthday cards, and he's persistently digging into the death of his former co-worker Zoe Barnes. So I don’t know. No, it was before. Having to pull that through line through it all. For me, personally, you lose a friend, a co-star. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I know damn well having shot it for 14 hours that at least how I played it was that it was surrender. Merciless. But what about Doug's life? "The Demon Seed: The Child of Frank and Claire.". Privacy Policy | I do have faith, but I also have faith that we can take the Senate! You saw his family, his brother and family, come once and he spoke to him for a minute or two every now and then. Yes. House of Cards' lead power couple, Frank and Claire Underwood, racked up a sizeable body count over the show's six seasons, and here's the rundown.While House of Cards might be better known at this point for the rather unceremonious way it went out, thanks to the scandal involving original star Kevin Spacey, the show still remains a landmark in streaming TV history. Obviously, his death complicates that, but did the idea break down as the writers were finding the end to this story? You can only imagine what life would be like to be Doug Stamper — it’s probably not a lot of fun! He has two sisters, Shannon and Casey, and one brother, Andrew. Frank throws Doug under the bus for that time the former donned a fedora to murder Zoe Barnes. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. Robin always says, "I wish I had more coverage" (laughs) — she’s a great director in the way a great director can never get enough coverage. I’m a little over this “fake news” shit. I think a lot of the audience will wonder, is Janine going to get Claire? I knew what each of the direct addresses were to me, but I wanted the audience to ask, “What is going on? Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson made a deliberate choice to have Frank haunt the final season. Claire says he died beside her, peacefully in his sleep. And I looked at speaking to the audience in the same way. Rachel revealed that she was having hard times, so Doug asked Nancy Kaufberger if Rachel could mov… by I prefer watching this showdown between Doug and Claire. Then when you get in there, you realize there’s blood and the carpet and all these things. It does feel that even if all the other characters moved on, Doug would never. Can you imagine this guy on the campaign trail? Stamper was born in Naperville, Illinois. During this encounter he pays Rachel separately for her to sleep with him.Later, Doug and Rachel met again. However, Doug eventually tracked her down and kidnapped her after a … It’s so funny — my sister called after she had seen the season and said, “Oh, my God, are they going to do the demon seed spinoff? There are many signs throughout the season that can be viewed with a renewed lens once you know Doug is the one who killed Frank. I was so tired! No one loved Francis J. Underwood more than Doug Stamper. I definitely had thoughts about how they were going to do it. Doug was the son of Fred and Dora Riley Stamper. He walked into the Oval and that final showdown wanting the pardon for Frank. He was appointed to serve as White House Chief of Staff after Underwood's inauguration as President in early 2017, and continued to do so up until late 2018, when Stamper … Not like, Underwood-level obsessed, but still pretty over-the-top. Major Character Death; Rachel Posner/Doug Stamper; Edward Meechum/Doug Stamper; LeAnn Harvey/Doug Stamper; Doug Stamper/Claire Underwood; Doug Stamper/Francis Underwood (implied) Doug Stamper; Angst; Masturbation; Regret; Dissociation; Summary "He deserved this. Doug also broke the fourth wall, becoming only the third character to do so after Francis and Claire. The man behind Douglas Stamper discusses death fake-outs, what makes a show binge-worthy, and spotting Stampers in real life. I’m an eternal optimist. (Laughs.) It’s crazy, but it makes total sense. Michael was born in Philadelphia but raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia by parents Michael and Maureen Kelly. If you think about that beautifully written line where Doug says, “I had to protect the legacy from the man,” it shows just how dedicated this guy was to that man. I 'll set the scene for you, shall i second, and with his secrets, with his therapist. 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