Let the political games begin!
On Friday, March 4, Netflix’s award-winning series “House of Cards” will return with its anticipated Season 4 installment. And according to reports, the upcoming storyline will focus around the 2016 presidential election. That means viewers will watch as President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) goes head-to-head with his fellow politicians for the coveted title of Commander-in-Chief.
Before Season 4 of the political thriller streams to Netflix, here’s everything you should know about the upcoming installment:
1. Claire and Frank’s Marriage Is On The Rocks
During the Season 3 finale of “House of Cards,” Claire (Robin Wright) told her husband that she was leaving the White House. This bold move was decided after Frank made her feel inferior and demanded that she continue her duties as First Lady.
“We know she’s walking out. She says, ‘I’m leaving you,’” Beau Willimon, mastermind behind the tantalizing drama, told E! Online. “…Whether it’s completely broken, that’s what we want people sucking on like a lozenge for however many months until we release the next season.”
2. The First Lady Heads To The South
Entertainment Weekly revealed in their review of the new season that Claire will pack her bags and head home during Season 4 — to her childhood home in Texas, occupied by her sick mother, portrayed by Ellen Burstyn.
3. New Characters To Stir Up Trouble
While fans will be excited to reunite with their favorite, menacing antihero, they’ll also be introduced to new power figures set to threaten Frank’s role in Washington, D.C.
Deadline revealed that “Scream” star Neve Campbell has signed on to join “House of Cards” as well as “Thor” actor Colm Feore, who will portray a “high-profile” character.
In February, Netflix released a still from the upcoming series, which revealed “Suicide Squad” star Joel Kinnaman would be making his way to Washington. Could Frank have finally met his match? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kinnaman will play the role of a presidential nominee.
Welcome to Washington, Joel Kinnaman. pic.twitter.com/jlvU2c0s2O
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 2, 2016
4. A New Campaign Is Born
While Frank fights for a second term, Claire will launch her own political career with the help of Campbell’s character.
5. Willimon’s Last Hoorah
"Netflix and (studio) MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for 'House of Cards' over the show's first four seasons,” the streaming site stated. “As an Academy Award-nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."
His new endeavor, according to IMDb, consists of a TV mini-series “Jack and Johnson,” which focuses on the life of the first African-American world heavyweight champion.
So will Willimon exit the series with guns blazing’? A.V. Club divulged that the showrunner will flip the script on it’s head before leaving the series.
“House of Cards” Season 4 will stream to Netflix on Friday, March 4, at 3:01 a.m. EST.