Just when you think a show can't possibly get anymore star power than it already has, you find out that the legendary Cicely Tyson has joined the cast of House of Cards Season 4. And while you've undoubtedly seen her praise-worthy acting talents throughout the years, this is absolutely going to be one role of hers you won't want to miss. Why is that, you may ask? Because she'll be going toe-to-toe with Claire Underwood herself. Portraying the part of Texas congresswoman Doris Jones, Tyson will give what's sure to be a memorable performance while tackling from very real and poignant issues regarding race and class.
In fact, according to a Baltimore Sun review of Tyson's role, her character will start off having a very civil meeting with Claire, however, things soon take a hostile turn and leads to Representative Jones "viscerally communicates what it feels like to be offended by race and class privilege" to the First Lady. Sounds pretty intense, right? And given that it'll take place between two powerhouse female actors, I have no doubt that we'll all be on the edge of our seats. (Or perhaps even fall right off of them? You never know!) So you better believe that Tyson is going to take Season 4 to a whole new level of amazingness.
Not much else is known at this time about Tyson's character or even how long her appearance will be on the show. Netflix hasn't even released an official photo of her as Doris Jones, so you'll have to wait and see it all unfold firsthand when the episodes are released. But even with just this small piece of information that we have, I'm beyond excited to see where her story arc will lead and, perhaps more importantly, how it will impact the Underwood personal and political reign.
Claire has always been a complex character. One minute you're feeling sorry for her and the next minute you're ashamed of her actions. From the sound of things, it looks as though her interaction with Representative Jones will fall under the latter category and remind viewers that she can be the victimizer just as often as she can be the victim. But if there was anyone who would be able to take this First Lady down a peg or two, it would be in the form of the one and only Cicely Tyson. You know, just in case you needed yet another reason to look forward to the House of Cards' return.