While never a main character, Meechum quickly became a
fixture on House of Cards
-- that is,
until his abrupt end in the fourth episode of the new season when he was killed
protecting President Underwood during an assassination attempt.
Quite simply, Darrow’s character went from sharing a kiss
to taking a bullet for the man. The death may have been a shock
for fans, but not for Darrow, who felt it was an appropriate end.
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“It was in line with how I thought of Meechum,” the 39-year-old
actor tells ETonline, revealing he learned of his character’s fate between seasons
when creator Beau Willimon called him with the news. “When Beau told me that
was where it was going, I honestly have to tell you that it was a scenario that
had occurred to me.”
Darrow, who first worked with Spacey in an international touring production
of William Shakespeare’s Richard III
landed the role after the Oscar-winning actor submitted his name for the part. “It
was stacked with some very talented actors who were really right for House of Cards
, so Kevin put a bunch of
us up for it,” Darrow previously told Entertainment
. “I went in for casting and later for [executive producer David]
Fincher, and that’s just how it happened.”
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Since then, Darrow says the two actors have formed a bond
akin to experiences of working in long-running theater companies. “Your own
comfort level increases or ebbs and flows as people change,” he explains, saying
it's “cool to do almost anything with Kevin on camera.”
Over the course of the series, their on-screen relationship was constantly teased. At times, the feeling between Meechum and Underwood was serious, and other times, almost carnal. One of the two characters’ final moments together saw Underwood playfully tracing Meechum’s hand on a wall inside the White House as the Secret Service agent looked enamored -- it just also happened to be the final scene Darrow filmed for the show.