Anyone who’s watched House of Cards – i.e. all of us with a Netflix subscription – knows that the most nefariously delicious lines come out of Frank Underwood‘s mouth when he breaks the fourth wall and addresses the camera.
This isn’t an unheard of element of modern television; The Office made the mocumentary TV trope popular, and Parks and Rec and Modern Family continued on a similar vein.
But until now, in lieu of a fake House of Cards documentary backstory, who Frank Underwood is talking to in his pieces to camera has remained a secret. Himself? The empty space where his conscience should be?
Stephen Colbert‘s theory – that it’s “people on a 10-hour Netflix binge, sucking on boxed wine” – is wrong.
It’s Donald Trump.
As we speak correspondents are on the ground trying to get comment from presidential candidate Trump, but here is an early estimate of what that might look like:
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) September 17, 2015