I watched all three seasons of the British version of House of Cards. So, far the series has gone the same way as the British version did. Any differences in the story line are mostly due to differences in political structure of Britain and USA. However a strong businessman character like Raymond tusk is missing in the British version of House of cards.
The British Version
The British version of House of cards has just four episodes in each season and the story moves quickly though not as thickly as its American counterpart. Underwood will have to make it to the vice president and then shoot for president. However, his British version, Francis Urquhart needs to just pull down the Prime minister. The details are a bit different. However, the general approach is the same. He implicates his in a money laundering scheme and makes the prime minister resign.
As for the second season, Urquhart picks up a fight with the monarch, who opposes Francis’s capitalistic policy and suggests a more humanistic and socialistic approach would do more good to the society. The war drags on and the king hopes that Urquhart will be defeated in polls. Eventually, the king is forced to abdicate the throne due to one of Urquhart’s dirty tricks. In the first episode of third season, Urquhart wins his second term and returns to office. He feels that he is an unstoppable force in British Politics.
Following this consolidation, Urquhart tries to build a legacy for himself by trying to end a long time conflict between Greece and Cyprus. In the middle of this exercise he indulges in corruption. He makes sure that some waters having huge petrochemical reserves go to Greece. By such maneuverings he is assured of a huge ‘pension’ package by an industrialist.
Eventually, past sins of murder catch up with Urquhart and finally knock his door. The secret behind Cyprus also falls out and creates a huge mess domestically as well as internationally. A challenger from within Urquhart’s party revolts and puts up a stiff fight against the PM. Finally Francis Urquhart is murdered by his own guard at the behest of his own power hungry wife.
I do predict something similar might happen in the third season of House of cards. Underwood might run for president and win. He might fight Walker or some past foe. Whatever be the means, Underwood’s political capital will consolidate in the beginning.
This might be accompanied by a major foreign policy blunder in Zulu, similar to a Cyprus crisis in its British counterpart. The clue to this is in the Teaser Quartet part 3 released by Netflix. In addition this , Raymond Tusk might rot in jail because of the denial of a Presidential pardon. Or, he might even get it and become friends with Underwood. That could go either way. Eventually, I predict that Underwood’s murder of Zoe Barnes might spill out. Finally, the series might end with Underwood’s murder by Edward Meechum at the behest of Claire.