For about 20 minutes today, fans of Netflix’s acclaimed “House of Cards” series starring Kevin Spacey may have been in for something of a shock.
During that time period, the third season of the show, which isn’t set to premiere on the service until February 27th, briefly showed ten new episodes available to stream ahead of the scheduled release date. While this prompted some fans to speculate that Netflix was releasing the season early, it didn’t take long before the episodes — and their telling descriptions — were taken down by the service entirely. The whole affair prompted the show’s official Twitter page to make a statement on the matter in pure Frank Underwood fashion. It read,
This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27.
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015
The series, based on the British mini-series of the same name, chronicled the rise to power of power hungry and opportunistic American politician Frank Underwood, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Democratic party’s “majority whip” at the time the series begins. His snubbing for a cabinet position by the newly elected president sends him on a quest for both revenge and greater power that — spoiler alert — by the end of the first season lands him the job as Vice President of the United States, and by the end of the second season lands him in the Oval Office itself.
His road to get to both offices, though, is paved with secrets, lies, sex, and blood, giving a fascinating perspective on the trials of American politics, and creating a drama worthy of the highest recognition.
“House of Cards” season three begins with Underwood taking the office of the presidency, but if the promotional materials for the new season are to be believed, attaining power and keeping it are two very different things. The show’s third season will be released — for real, this time — on February 27th. For more on “House of Cards,” be sure to read our reviews of season one and season two, and see the trailer for season three below!
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