The official House of Cards Season 3 trailer has been released online. See embed below.
House of Cards is the Emmy-winning Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey as Francis “Frank” Underwood, a conniving and vengeful Democrat U.S. Congressman from South Carolina who — with his equally power-hungry wife Claire (Robin Wright) — over the course of the past two seasons schemed his way into the presidency.
On Monday evening, Spacey won the Global Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series for his riveting portrayal of Underwood.
In character, Spacey’s more lighthearted, satirical voiceover revealingly declared in the Season 2 trailer that in his opinion “democracy is so overrated.”
In the new, just released trailer for Season 3 that has a much more ominous feel and contains minimal dialogue, Spacey/Underwood menacingly asserts that it takes real courage to hold it all together “when the stakes are this high.”
At the end of the trailer, Claire admits that “we’re murderers, Francis,” which is a reference to some lethal skulduggery that played out previously, while her husband insists that they are instead “survivors.” The couple does not seem very happy despite achieving their lifelong objective of attaining the White House.
In its basic premise and certain plot elements, House of Cards is a remake of the BBC miniseries of the same name (and its two follow-ups, To Play the King and The Final Cut). The U.K. original starred the late Ian Richardson as devious British politician Francis Urquhart who similarly manipulates his way to becoming the country’s prime minister.
In the House of Cards Netflix alternative universe, Underwood and his fellow ethically challenged Democrats still control the U.S. House of Representatives, while in real life, the chamber is solidly under GOP control, and likely will stay that way for some time to come.
Some critics have claimed that the House of Cards storylines are preposterous. Back in February, however, Robin Wright claimed based on what she has learned from insiders, Washington is more decadent than Hollywood in that it is not unusual for reporters sleep with sources and/or members of Congress. In a reference to personal rather than public malfeasance, “D.C. is more corrupt than Hollywood. It really is. It’s more sleazy than Hollywood…how much infidelity goes on,” she said.
The entire Season 3 of House of Cards premieres on February 27, somewhat later in the month than the previous two seasons, which launched on February 1 and February 14, respectively. Rather than pacing themselves, Netflix subscribers who are fans of the admittedly addictive show can binge-watch all 13 episodes if they want.
After viewing this House of Cards official trailer, will you be binge-viewing Season 3 of House of Cards?