They had decided that in the first episode, Elizabeth and Philip needed to reconnect after Elizabeth’s absence at the end of last season.They wanted to restore an equal power balance in the relationship.
If showing a man give a woman oral pleasure is rare, the 69 is the unicorn of TV sex.
The first question the director of the episode, Thomas Schlamme, asked was how they would position the actors.
The politicking on instance, leaks into the bedroom.
Willimon says of political power couple Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright): “They are not ordinary, so their sex lives aren’t ordinary either.” Some examples of this extraordinary sex include Claire masturbating a dying man, Frank performing oral sex on reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) while she talks on the phone with her father and Claire and Frank engaging in a threesome with their bodyguard.
It was a scene that made many cringe, but it signaled a transformation in the television landscape.
Sex on TV, it turned out, didn’t have to be romantic—or even appealing.No longer did kids have to visit a friend with an HBO subscription to see nudity.Access to graphic sex online spurred networks into what became a nudity arms race.“We were looking for something that expressed mutuality but also great intimacy,” says Weisberg.To add an extra complication, they wanted the couple’s daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), to walk in on them as she was trying to snoop for clues about her parents’ secrets.“It’s difficult to film sex scenes not just because it’s awkward for the actors to be disrobed making out with a colleague in front of a lot of people, but mostly because it’s very difficult to make it look real,” says Beau Willimon, the showrunner of , the award-winning Netflix series about devious politicians.