Fans have been excitedly anticipating the fifth season of Netflix’s hit series House of Cards. Starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, House of Cards tells the story of how a politician will stop at nothing to get into the Oval Office. With Season 4 concluding with President Underwood’s declaration of a full, no-holds-barred war on terrorism, the season ahead is sure to bring even more complications than ever before.
On January 20, 2017, Netflix released a teaser for the fifth season and officially announced the release date. Watch the trailer below.
The mood of the video is a very eerie one. The main audio is of a group of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but the background music adds a grating and sinister tone that increases in volume as the video continues. The American flag is shown flying upside-down, a symbol used only in times of great distress. The flag is positioned in front of the Capitol, and the weather is bleak and filled with heavy, gray storm clouds. The synopsis on Youtube, “One nation. Underwood.” echoes the grip that Underwood intends to keep whatever power he attains. The teaser’s synopsis on Twitter, “We make the terror” alludes to the character’s stance toward terrorism or, perhaps, how terror can be an effective tool of manipulation. Both of those small synopses hint at potential disaster in the upcoming season.
The release of the video coincided with the U.S. presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. For a show about corruption in Washington that features a cast of morally dubious characters, the release date is no coincidence. While it is just a trailer for a show, the sentiment it echoes is one felt by concerned people across America.
The release date is usually set in February, but it has been pushed back by three months. House of Cards is scheduled to return on May 30, 2017.