I love "Game of Thrones," "Breaking Bad."  Hugh [Bonneville], I directed at [London’s] the Old Vic almost 10 years ago now. Jeff Daniels, I’ve known for a number of years. It’s a wonderful group of actors. Let the betting begin!

Francis can be a difficult character to watch sometimes. What do you think audiences see in him -- what’s the point of connection?

Francis is an incredibly complex character; and maybe, to some degree, there’s always been a fascination with American politics and how it’s treated in entertainment. We’re a nation fascinated with politics, particularly at a time when there’s such a gridlock in Washington, D.C. However diabolical [Francis] may be, he gets stuff done. So it has to be fictional, right?

Is there anything you can tell us about next season?  

I can’t say. But I’m having an even better time shooting Season 2. I’m surrounded by an extraordinary group. We’re having a ball.



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