Good news for "House of Cards" fans: The Netflix original series and acclaimed political drama has been picked up for a third season ahead of the streaming series' Season 2 debut. A Netflix rep has confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that production for Season 3 will begin soon, despite the show being originally created as a two-season show. That said, the show's popularity is undisputable as fans are hooked to the fast-paced political drama.
The creative team of the show and executives from Netflix had been hinting that there is substantial interest in continuing the series. "Our intent is that the show keep going for sure," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the 2013 Film Independent Forum regarding the future of the show. "It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons." Co-executive producer Rick Cleveland also disclosed in an interview that the show will continue so long as Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright agree to play Francis and Claire Underwood.
The show was the first attempt by Netflix to enter the original production world when it premiered last year. Not only was it unconventional for Netflix to produce an original show, but also their tactic: The online streaming company released all the episodes in one go. Critics pointed out that their business strategy had loopholes--people can share accounts and someone could easily get a free one-month subscription to binge-watch the series. Despite all the potential loopholes, Netflix made a significant profit off of all their original content, including "Orange Is The New Black" and the revival of "Arrested Devleopment."
Season 2 of the political drama will be premiering on Feb. 14, 2014 with thirteen new episode. "In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts," wrote Netflix in a statement. "Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, "American Horror Story"), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis's former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker's (Michel Gill, "The Good Wife") billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, "Southland") demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis's once private existence. The Underwood's must overcome these dangers -- past and present -- to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake."
As for when Season 3 will debut, it is a safe bet that the third season will be premiered in February of 2015, as Season 1 and two have both had February release dates.