House of Cards is one of the scariest shows in recent years. The character of Frank Underwood is a terrifying villain who also happens to be the show’s protagonist. Over the course of the series, he has murdered and connived his way into the highest office in the land. Along with his equally cunning wife Claire, the two have basically become supervillains running the country. In times like this, that doesn’t seem so impossible.
Netflix dropped a full trailer for the new season and it’s filled with as much tension and unease as you’d expect from this show. Give it a watch and we’ll explore some of the most interesting parts.
“One nation, Underwood.”
Things are only going to get more intense with Frank and Claire in the White House. Even though they have an election to win against Republican Will Conway, it sounds like they are pretty confident that they’ll be around for a long time. Frank seems to feel that he and Claire could own the White House all the way through 2036. Considering how angry the people seem, Frank’s assured demeanor is more than a little unsettling. We know he’s not above doing whatever it takes to maintain power. In fact, the end of season four had him starting an all-out war.
Exactly how he plans to win the hearts and minds of the people is questionable. We see demonstrators holding up signs like “Not My President” and “Never Underwood” which clearly echo our real world political climate. And if the electoral map we see in the trailer is to be believed, the race between Conway and Underwood will be as tight as possible. There are more than a few shots of Conway either upset or looking suspicious of Frank. They met as equal rivals in the last season, but Frank destroys anyone who opposes him and Conway is a necessary enemy.
Will Tom Hammerschmidt‘s investigation finally help reveal the sordid evils that Frank and Claire have been a part of? Is Tom Yates possibly becoming even more entwined in the machinations of the Underwoods? Why are there so many characters named Tom? We’ll find out the answers to most of these questions when House of Cards returns on May 20.