The latest season of House of Cards on Netflix is even more hotly anticipated thanks to the current global political climate. What better escapism is there from political chaos than, well, political chaos?
Here is everything we know about House of Cards season five.
When is House of Cards season 5 released on Netflix?
Yes. The trailer thrusts us straight into the action, with glimpses of Trumpian protests (a “not my president” sign pops up outside the White House), the Underwoods on the campaign trail, and a brief look at election night, at which point Frank is leading his Republican counterpart Conway by a short margin.
“The American people don’t know what’s good for them,” Underwood’s ominous narrative begins, “I do”.
He goes on to lay out an ambitious plan for the forthcoming SIX elections, in which he envisions an Underwood as the winner. Whether this plan includes a stint in office for Claire is unclear, but it will certainly involve some bending of the two term rule.
All of the major players are returning, most importantly our devious power couple, Frank and Claire Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper and Neve Campbell as Claire’s advisor will both be reprising their roles.
There will also be a couple of new additions, including Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man), though further information about their roles in the series are being kept tightly under wraps.
Will the new season take inspiration from the Trump administration?
The series was written before Donald Trump was elected. However, having said that, when RadioTimes.com was granted an early showing of episode one, there were uncanny parallels with real world events. Read our full report on episode one here.
New showrunner Melissa Gibson has also stated that season five will inevitably echo real world events: “The battlefield for season five is the American Psyche. That may be one parallel with our real world.”
Gibson took over as showrunner along with executive producer Frank Pugliese when creator Beau Willimon left at the end of season four.
What is going to happen this season?
The action will take place shortly after the end of season four, with the Underwoods campaigning for the presidency as running mates amidst a climate of terrorist paranoia.
Episode one opens with Claire responding to a terrorist attack on home soil, while Frank attempts to deflect potentially damning newspaper allegations.
Entertainment Weekly hints at greater roles for election rivals Will and Hannah Conway (Joel Kinnaman and Dominique McElligott), a power couple cut from a similar cloth as the Underwoods, and a head-to-head between Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) and Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell) as they fight for position of chief adviser to the Presidential couple.
However, Kelly suggested to Deadline that a major death was on the cards: “You lose characters that you love. We almost lost Frank, and I always have faith in the writers that no matter what road we go down, we’re going to come back to what the show is.”
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