‘House of Cards’ Drops Season 5 Teaser on Inauguration Day

Drew Dietsch
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House of Cards has been a frightening horror story of a presidency overtaken by a truly despicable human being. I wonder why Netflix decided to drop the first teaser for their new season today of all days? No way they are making any kind of declaration. Check out the first ominous look at the fifth season of this now believable drama.

No new footage to pick apart, but the statement Netflix is making is certainly a doomy one. Hearing the voices of little children recite the Pledge of Allegiance while an upside down flag flies against a gloomy sky is as portentous as you can get. It’s not looking like things are going to brighten up at the White House anytime soon. In the show, I mean.

Season four left the show at a very terrifying place. President Frank Underwood and his Vice President Claire Underwood are engineering a war in order to shift the national conversation away from their own scandals. At this point, the show has made these two figures literal supervillains. They command vast armies and are now bent on global domination. It’s not too hard to compare them to someone like Lex Luthor.

House of Cards will be experiencing a significant shift in its creative direction as showrunner Beau Willimon has left. Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, who joined the show in season three, will be taking over. How will this affect the ongoing story? And how much longer can Frank and Claire remain in office? We’re dying to know the answers. Until then, we’ll have to take this first teaser as a sign of some very bad times ahead for America. That probably means things will be just peachy for the Underwoods.

House of Cards will return for its fifth season on May 30. We might in the middle of a Purge by then.

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