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Rachel Posner
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Name: Rachel Posner
Alias(es): Sapphire,
Cassie Lockhart
Status: Deceased
Age: 25 (at death)
Date of birth: February 23, 1990
Birthplace: Lynchburg, VA
Date of death: January 18, 2016
Place of death: Santa Fe, NM
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Lynchburg, VA,
Washington, D.C.,
Joppa, MD
Santa Fe, NM
Profession: Escort/Prostitute,
Call Center Worker,
Shelf Stacker
Mother: Cheryl Posner
Significant other(s): Ex-girlfriend:
Lisa Williams
Played by: Rachel Brosnahan
Seasons: 1, 2, 3
First episode: "Chapter 1"
Last episode: "Chapter 39"
Appears in: 3 seasons, 16 episodes

Rachel Posner (February 23 1990 - January 18 2016) was a former prostitute who had a relationship with Doug Stamper.


Rachel tells Doug Stamper that she's from just outside Lynchburg, Virginia. She dropped out of Lorimer High School during her sophomore year and ran away from home after refusing to testify against her physically abusive father. She was arrested in April 2012 by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for loitering at the District Grand Hotel, 2460 Connecticut Avenue.

Season 1Edit

Peter Russo hired Rachel for a night in early January 2013, where he was arrested for DUI with her in the passenger seat. Doug Stamper later met up with Rachel, and gave her $10,000 cash to keep quiet about Russo. During this encounter he pays Rachel separately to sleep with him.

Later, Doug and Rachel met again. Doug here talked to Nancy Kaufberger, and asked her if Rachel could move in with her, and Nancy consented.

Stamper defends her against a sleazy boss who tried to approach her sexually. He lays down the law and makes it clear that Rachel will be working there without sexual harassment. 

Stamper later gives Posner a new lease on life, setting her up with a new apartment and job as a waitress in an upmarket Georgetown restaurant. It is later revealed that this was the precursor to them asking one last favor of her: seduce Peter Russo one last time. Rachel seduces Russo the night before he is to have an important radio interview. She encourages him to drink alcohol into the early morning, leading to a poor performance on the radio. This causes Russo's chances of being governor to end, and he spirals out of control until he is eventually killed by Frank Underwood.

Season 2Edit

Rachel is then moved by Doug Stamper out of Washington DC, to an apartment in Joppa, Maryland, a significant enough distance from the D.C. area. Rachel is intentionally isolated by Stamper, and he begins to develop an infatuation with her. In AA he admits he's addicted to her like he was to alcohol. He often stops by her apartment, making sure she develops no relationships, and asks her to read to him A Tale of Two Cities.


Rachel meets Lisa.

Despite Stamper's efforts, Rachel develops a friendship with a woman she meets on a city bus, Lisa Williams. She also begins attending Lisa's church, the Fellowship. Lisa becomes Rachel's roommate, when Lisa's roommate starts smoking meth. They start having an intimate relationship when they find out they trust and care deeply for each other. Stamper finds out about the relationship and orders Rachel to end it, because he wants to be the only person Rachel needs. She breaks up with Lisa for her safety. He then gets her from bed in the middle of the night and drives her out to nowhere, not saying anything. She jumps out of the car and runs into the woods. Doug follows. "Rachel, don't be stupid". Rachel leaps out of the shadows and hits him on the head with a large rock. "Rachel, stop, what-" she hits him again, knocking him to the ground. Rachel looks at Doug, her expression is terror. She immediately sprints to Doug's car and drives off. The next morning we see Doug's body, his eyes staring out, half closed, unblinking, with bloody gash, as a helicopter hovers overhead.

Season 3Edit

Rachel is absent most of Season 3, appearing only in flashbacks and photos as Doug, still infuriated that she attacked and left him for dead, goes out of his way to find her. Doug enlists the help of Gavin, a highly-skilled computer hacker, to help with the search for Rachel. Gavin initially leads Doug to believe that Rachel was murdered and presents Doug with falsified documents in order to pass Rachel's alleged murder as authentic. Later, wanting his friend freed of the FBI's grasp and having fled himself, Gavin tells Doug that Rachel is in fact still alive and that he has found her but the only way he will give Doug her location is if he clears his friend of the charges against him. Doug eventually finds and attacks Gavin and obtains Rachel's whereabouts, traveling to New Mexico and stalking her every move before kidnapping her.

Having started a new life in New Mexico, Rachel, now going by the name of Lisa, works odd jobs and keeps a relatively low profile. It is revealed that she plans on changing identities once more after she is seen purchasing a false identity with the pseudonym Cassie Lockhart. One night, after a shift, she is kidnapped by Doug. During their drive out to the middle of nowhere, Rachel pleads with Doug to let her go and tells him that she was honestly relieved when she heard the news that he had survived her attack. She then tells Doug that the Rachel he knew died the night of her vicious assault on him and that, should he kill her, he would not truly be killing her but instead be killing Cassie - someone who wants to start a new life. Rachel is able to redeem herself in Doug's eyes, and he lets her go. However, Doug is quick to change his mind as he is driving away from her and, as she is walking on a road in the middle of the desert, she stops when she hears the sound of Doug's van speeding directly at her, turning around just in time to realize it is over for her.

Rachel Posner dead

Rachel being buried by Doug.

Though her death isn't seen, it is implied that Doug killed her, and the last scene of Rachel is her own burial in the desert as Doug conceals her body in a hole he had previously dug.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rachel Posner was portrayed by Rachel Brosnahan in Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of House of Cards.


Season 1
"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"
Season 2
"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"
Season 3
"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"

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