Netflix has released the first official House of Cards Season 4 trailer in anticipation of its upcoming premiere.
The tense one-minute trailer for the streaming service’s Emmy-award-winning original drama suggests that the First Family’s Season 3 looming divorce cliffhanger in the middle of the presidential election will be a significant storyline in the new season which debuts in its entirety for the binge watchers on March 4.
In a voiceover that presumably is directed to his estranged spouse, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey’s character) ominously declares that “You have no idea what it means to have nothing. You don’t value what we have achieved. I have had to fight for everything my entire life!”
Joining the Season 4 cast of the political drama are Neve Campbell, Ellen Burstyn, and Joel Kinnaman. Returning characters include Fear the Walking Dead‘s Kim Dickens (journalist Kate Baldwin) and Lars Mikkelsen as Russian President Viktor Petrov, who was perhaps the best thing about the disappointing Season 3.
Last month, Netflix released a teaser trailer for the series that has already been renewed for Season 5, but without showrunner/creator Beau Willimon, who is moving on to other projects. The new season was also teased during the Golden Globe Awards.
“While the first [trailer] was more of an airy campaign announcement for Frank Underwood, this one gets into the guts of the show — if only for a minute,” USA TODAY observed.
The quick and unusual 2017 renewal announcement (which in the TV universe typically happens only after the current season ends) is a surprise, considering how the quality of the series declined substantially in Season 3 according to many critics, with an excessive amount of soap opera filler and hard-to-believe and amateurish plot points.
If you haven’t seen the show, House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as the aforementioned Francis “Frank” Underwood, a corrupt, conniving, and vengeful Democrat U.S. Congressman from South Carolina who — with the help of his equally power-hungry wife Claire (Robin Wright) — over the course of the prior three 13-episode seasons intrigued his way into the presidency. The ongoing storyline chronicles his 2016 reelection bid and personal and professional challenges.
Last month, Spacey won the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding male actor in a drama series in recognition of his performance in House of Cards. Spacey reportedly earns $15 million per season for his work on House of Cards.
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. [Spoiler: Urquhart doesn’t make it out of the third installment alive, which may or may not raise questions about Underwood’s future in the American version.]
“The president and first lady are now each other’s biggest threats as the Underwoods head into an election year. Their mutual disdain is positively unmistakable given the surly glances they throw at each other during an early scene in the trailer. There’s also plenty of intrigue, sex, questionable facial expressions, possible murders, a guy in a Civil War uniform wielding a shotgun – and a couple taking a selfie. Read into that what you will,” the Wall Street Journal explained about the new trailer.
Based on this new official trailer, are you planning on watching House of Cards Season 4 on Netflix?
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