|Date of birth:||March 4, 1980|
United States of America
|Affiliation:||United States Marine Corps|
United States Capitol Police
United States Secret Service
|Played by:||Nathan Darrow|
|Seasons:||1, 2, 3|
|First episode:||"Chapter 3"|
|Appears in:||2 seasons, 20+ episodes|
Edward Meechum is Frank Underwood's current bodyguard. He was hired as a temporary replacement to protect Frank and Claire Underwood, after Steve became ill. Steve was later diagnosed with cancer and eventually died, and Meechum was made permanent. When a brick, thrown by Doug Stamper, landed in the Underwood's house, he got fired for firing a gun in the open street. After talking with Meechum's boss, Frank got him re-hired. He showed himself valuable for Frank after revealing that one of his friends could find most people. Also, due to Frank updating the terms and conditions of his employment, that Meechum is "a rock" who "absorbs nothing", Meechum demonstrates his undying loyalty by complying (and his status as being in Frank's debt). Because of this, Frank wanted to keep him as bodyguard, after his nomination for vice president, unorthodoxically having Meechum cross-trained/promoted to Secret Service.
Prior to joining the Capitol Police, Meechum was in the U.S. Marines and then the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. While in the Marine Corps, he did two tours of duty overseas - first in Bahrain and then Afghanistan. His second tour was mostly in the Korengal Valley.
Working for UnderwoodEdit
Death of Jessica MastersEdit
Meechum drove Frank to Gaffney, after Jessica Masters drove off the road looking at the Peach Tower. At the memorial for Jessica Masters, Meechum told Frank that he couldn't go into the crowd alone, but Frank talked Meechum down, and eventually went anyway, along with Gene Clancey. (Chapter 3)
Claire Underwood invited Meechum into the house for coffee and while he was inside a vandal threw a brick into the Underwood home. Meechum ran outside to try and catch the vandal. When Meechum saw him running away, he fired one shot at the vandal. Meechum came under fire for the incident and it was presumed he would lose his job because he fired his gun in a residential area. Meechum then appealed to Frank Underwood to help him save his job. Frank decides to call Meechum's boss, Cardiff, to save Meechum's job. Frank's reasoning was that it required so little of him to do something so big for Meechum. Meechum resumes his duty with Frank's detail. Come to find out it was actually Stamper who threw the brick as per Frank's direction to lure the teacher's union into a deal.
Relationship with the UnderwoodsEdit
By Season 2, Francis and Claire began to love and trust Meechum. Claire noticed Francis finally calling him by his first name Edward. Frank appoints him head of Claire's security detail after an attempt on her life is stopped, refusing to hire anyone who could be more qualified. In Chapter 24, at the end of his shift, Meechum is accidentally cut by a broken glass that Claire helps bandage. Claire and Meechum then get drunk together, and Francis finds them laughing. As Francis helps Claire to re-bandage Meechum's hand, Claire kisses it. Meechum then kisses Claire on the neck, then turns to Francis to kiss him. Frank and Meechum then kiss each other. The next morning, Frank says he's slept like a baby and Claire comments that he needed that. Meechum is at his post as usual, and holds the car door for Francis, who stops to comment that it's a beautiful day.
In Season 3, Meechum overheard a conversation between Frank and writer Thomas Yates. Meechum suspected that Yates would possibly use this opportunity to harm Frank's reputation. As he escorts Yates out the White House, Meechum takes real offense against Yates and possibly threatens him if he attempts to harm Frank's reputation.
Meechum's loyalty to the Underwoods is unquestionable.
Behind the ScenesEdit
|"Chapter 1"||"Chapter 2"||"Chapter 3"||"Chapter 4"||"Chapter 5"|
|"Chapter 6"||"Chapter 7"||"Chapter 8"||"Chapter 9"||"Chapter 10"|
|"Chapter 11"||"Chapter 12"||"Chapter 13"|
|"Chapter 14"||"Chapter 15"||"Chapter 16"||"Chapter 17"||"Chapter 18"|
|"Chapter 19"||"Chapter 20"||"Chapter 21"||"Chapter 22"||"Chapter 23"|
|"Chapter 24"||"Chapter 25"||"Chapter 26"|
|"Chapter 27"||"Chapter 28"||"Chapter 29"||"Chapter 30"||"Chapter 31"|
|"Chapter 32"||"Chapter 33"||"Chapter 34"||"Chapter 35"||"Chapter 36"|
|"Chapter 37"||"Chapter 38"||"Chapter 39"|
- Of all the main characters, Edward has only met Frank, Claire, Doug, Remy, Zoe, and Megan Hennessey.
- He saw Lucas, but never met him.
- Nathan Darrow previously acted with Kevin Spacey in a tour of Richard III.
- Edward Meechum is named after a character featured in the X-Files episode "Fearful Symmetry"