Let me clear the air just a bit here.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the third season of House of Cards. It had its moments of greatness, but a lot of the show felt like filler while Netflix figured out how to extend the series. It gave me flashbacks to Lost a bit, which suffered a relatively similar fate. I’ll write about this more another time.
Regardless, the fact of the matter is I’ll still excitedly watch Netflix’s recently announced fourth season of House of Cards because the show overall is solid. More than anything, the characters in the show drive my interest more than anything. Claire Underwood is probably one of the best television characters of the last decade, and the ending of season three only helped solidify this. Frank Underwood and Doug are great as well, and with this quality character development, a few plot problems probably won’t stop most viewers from binge watching whatever new seasons come out.
Variety reported on Friday that House of Cards season four will release sometime in 2016, we’re guessing around their usual release in February, but no confirmation on this yet.
A few fans on Reddit pointed out that each season has 13 episodes, so it would be fitting if Netflix ended after four seasons, representing 52 episodes, the number of cards in a standard deck. Maybe perhaps a “final two” series finale representing the jokers?
While I was under the impression that season three was going to be the final season, I’ll still be the first to admit that I’m excited for another season. While many other Netflix originals such as Orange is the New Black and Bloodline have recently impressed me as well, House of Cards still feels like the springboard that pushed Netflix into really investing in more original content, a major win for all Netflix subscribers.