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“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties.”   – Frank Underwood

“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties.”   – Frank Underwood

Finally, today is the day of the release of the third season of the so far very successful political thriller and drama series House of Cards. In the third season we can look forward to follow ruthless and coldly calculating Francis Underwood on his further paths of intrigue, blackmail, bargaining and sole pragmatism. Always with a sole aim: the increase of power.

The series House of Cards features the path of Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who forges an ambitious plan for power, after he was not, as expected, nominated as the next Secretary of State within the newly elected government.
What follows in two seasons is an incredibly thrilling, immoral and shocking, even disturbing run for power and influence. The series gives a maybe not so fictional insight into the all-day business of the political elites in Washington D.C. including the lobbyist Danton, billionaire Tusk, journalist Barnes and U.S. president Walker.

The masterpiece about high-level policy making is created by the playwright Beau Willimon and directed by David Flincher. HoC is a recent adaption of the BBC’s series with the same name from the 1990’s. The first season was nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards, with Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Robin Wright who acts the ruthless wife of Francis, Claire Underwood, even won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

House of Cards is probably and hopefully over the top regarding the reality of high-level politics but these moments, when the spectator experiences the feeling of power and domination, crying injustice or immoral satisfaction are the trademarks of this Netflix online-only web television series.

But enough about the theory, today finally the new season will be released and I can recommend it to everybody who favours political thriller, drama and entanglements.

So, let’s see what the next season will bring and enjoy the release today. Toc Toc …


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