Netflix's original series "House of Cards" has been picked up for a third season, according to a rep for Netflix reported The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. This news was a relief to fans, as the original series was initially intended to be a two-season series. With critics and fans in love with the show, it's no surprise that Netflix has picked up the series for a new season.
According to a tweet by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon, he has begun "binge-writing" and filming should begin soon for the series. While Netflix has not announced a release date--and chances are they won't until next year--the first two seasons had February release dates so it is a safe assumption that season 3 of "House of Cards" will be released in Feburary of 2015. If Netflix sticks to their current pattern, an official release date will not be divulged until Jan. of next year.
That said, the release date for season 3 could see a change in the patter, as production has been delayed till mid-June. The Emmy-nominated series is set in Washington, D.C., but is filmed in Maryland. There are two separate bills in the Maryland Legislature that would give the show significant tax breaks. According to the reported, season one of "House of Cards" received $11 million in Maryland tax credits and season two can receive up to $15 million. Currently, Maryland's current cap for tax credits is $7.5 million and if the two bills pass, the ceiling could be raised anywhere from $11 million to $18.5 million.
Should the bills not pass, then Netflix may be taking their show to a different state and setting up a shop--a move that could further delay the production process and in turn, delay the air date. “In the event sufficient incentives do not become available, we will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state,” said the letter, signed by Charlie Goldstein, MRC’s SVP Television Production, reports Deadline.
Fans are also curious about whether or not there will be another season or if season 3 will be the last fans will see of "House of Cards." It should be noted that there is no official answer regarding the future of the show, but co-executive producer Rick Cleveland revealed in an interview that the show will continue so long as Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright agree to continue reprising their roles as Francis and Claire Underwood. At the 2013 Film Independent Forum, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos echoed the same sentiments."Our intent is that the show keep going for sure," said Sarandos regarding the future of the show. "It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons."