After four successful series, Netflix’s powerful US political drama ‘House of Cards’ returns on Tuesday.
Set in the corridors- and shadows- of power in Washington DC, Kevin Spacey stars as the Machiavellian President Frank Underwood, with Robin Wright playing his equally powerful and cryptic wife Claire.
The show, which is a remake of the 1990 BBC show of the same name, is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. In its first incarnation Ian Richardson won the BAFTA for his portrayal of Francis Urquhart. And although the main character’s surname has changed to Underwood, the awards keep on coming.
To date the Washington version has received 33 Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress in its first four seasons. And both Spacey and Wright have won Golden Globes for their efforts.
Despite what some critics labelled a lacklustre third season, the fourth was seen to “retain its binge-worthiness”, even if it might not have been the fans’ favourite.
Of course, the show hasn’t been universally praised. One reviewer said of the last season, “What you see is what you get”.
But fans are as excited as ever, with many taking to social media to express their many emotions ahead of the release.
HOUSE OF CARDS IS BACK !!!!!!!!!!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉— Cal. (
ShutUpCallen) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShutUpCallen/status/869476065714085888">May 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofCards">HouseofCards out. I know what I’ll be watching this weekend! #houseofcards— Ethan Hunter (@theasset) May 30, 2017
Frank Underwood, you’ve been dearly missed. We have a date tonight.— Anupam Saroj (@AnupamSSaroj) May 30, 2017
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However, with every episode being released simultaneously, some viewers warned of frayed tempers if spoilers were given:
I’m not going to be responsible for my actions if somebody ruins House of Cards for me— Amy Stokes (@amystokes_) May 30, 2017
While others feared that prior engagements might force them to delay their viewing plans:
Watch the haunting trailer for the newest season here: