House of Cards, the Netflix original series that helped establish the streaming service as a benchmark of entertainment, debuted its fourth season on March 4. The political drama added another 13-episode installment to entertain fans and keep viewers wanting more. The series centers around political mastermind Frank Underwood, played by veteran actor Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), and his equally formidable wife, Claire, portrayed by accomplished actress Robin Wright (A Most Wanted Man), who is also his frequent co-conspirator. All four seasons of House of Cards are now available for streaming on Netflix.
When House of Cards initially launched in 2013, Congressman Underwood was bent on revenge against those who wronged him. As the series progressed, the audience saw the Underwoods exacting revenge and climbing the political ladder all the way to the White House by Season 3. As Season 3 wrapped, comeuppance was beginning to rear its head and Claire Underwood was growing restless regarding the couple’s constant machinations in order to maintain power. They had lied, cheated, manipulated, and even committed murder in their quest for revenge and the Oval Office. While they had achieved their destination, the question of the collateral damage involved in their pursuit was weighing heavily upon them.
As Season 4 of House of Cards debuted on Netflix, the action picks up from where the Netflix series left off at the end of Season 3. For those who are new to the series or recently introduced to it, viewers should watch from the beginning before embarking on the new season. It is important for viewers to understand the sequence of events and everything that has transpired, in order to fully appreciate what happens in Season 4. It is certainly a season of comeuppance, and rightly so, given all the drama and bloodshed that has occurred, thanks to the Underwoods and their entourage. The events of Season 4 are gripping but not all that surprising, if viewers have watched the series from the beginning. It was only a matter of time before the Underwoods’ actions came back to haunt them. In this technological age, and an election year no less, the sins of the father are bound to surface sooner rather than later. Whether the Underwoods have been served their proper comeuppance, or if they will manage to come through it relatively unscathed, remains to be seen.
In this technological age, and an election year no less, the sins of the father were bound to surface sooner rather than later. Whether the Underwoods have been served their proper comeuppance, or if they will manage to come through it relatively unscathed, remains to be seen. With movie and TV director David Fincher as well as noted playwright Beau Willimon playing pivotal roles behind-the-scenes, the acclaimed incarnation that is based on a BBC series of the same name is expected to continue exceeding all expectations. Credit must be given to the showrunners and creative staff who continue to parallel timely world events and domestic policies to that of the show’s plotlines. It is almost uncanny how often they get it right or a close approximation at least.
In addition to Spacey and Wright returning as the Underwoods, Michael Kelly (Everest) is back as President Underwood’s henchman, Doug Stamper, Jayne Atkinson (Criminal Minds) as Secretary of State Catherine Durant, and Elizabeth Marvel (Burn After Reading) as Heather Dunbar, a Republican who runs against Democratic Underwood for the presidency. New cast additions for Season 4 include Neve Campbell (Party of Five), who plays a political strategist and befriends the Underwoods, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as Governor Will Conway, another Republican candidate running for president, and Dominique McElligott (The Astronaut Wives Club), who plays Gov. Will Conway’s wife, Hannah. A few familiar faces also re-appear during Season 4, including Kate Mara (Transcendence) as Zoe Barnes, the ambitious investigative reporter who has not been seen since her famous departure from House of Cards in Season 2.
On March 4, House of Cards officially debuted Season 4 on Netflix. The Netflix original series that helped make the streaming service Must-See TV has added another 13 episodes of the political thriller to keep viewers enthralled and wondering what will happen next. All four seasons of House of Cards are now available for streaming anytime on Netflix.
Opinion and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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