House of Cards is still a week away from the February 14th premiere of its second season, but Netflix has already renewed the political drama for a third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A Netflix rep not only confirmed the renewal, but said that production on the next set of episodes will begin soon.
Nominated for nine Emmys and winning three (including Best Directing for a Drama Series for David Fincher, who helmed the pilot), House of Cards proved to be a smash for Netflix as it branched out into original programming. The show was initially slated for a two-season run, but as far back as last October, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said there were talks about continuing the series.
House of Cards' early renewal follows a new television trend of hit shows scoring a re-up before their latest season hits the airwaves: Recently, HBO announced they had picked up Girls for a fourth season just days before the third season was set to begin.
You can check out a trailer for the new season of House of Cards, which finds Kevin Spacey's dastardly, scheming and smooth-talking Frank Underwood leaving his post as House Majority Whip to assume the vice presidency. Of course, some of his nefarious deeds from season one, including the shocking murder of a fellow congressman, could come back to haunt him.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon dropped a few hints about what awaits in season two, including an entitlement reform bill Underwood is tasked with pushing through and a cyberterrorism subplot. "When you think about what leaders do – they send people to war, they have blood on their hands, they have to be willing to do the things we ourselves are not willing to do," Willimon said. "That's why we entrust them with that power. They need to be willing to put people in their grave."