At this time in America's history, citizens are arguably more politically polarized than ever, or at least since people started keeping track of such metrics. No matter which side one was on, the 2016 presidential election was a truly bruising affair, with few coming out unscathed. That process comes to its fruition today, with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th POTUS. However, 2016 wasn't only a hard time for real-life presidential candidates, as House of Cards' fictional commander-in-chief Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) can attest.
Coming off of the unfortunate dismantling of his signature America Works jobs program, Frank spent most of last year's House of Cards season 4 preparing to defend his office from the challenge of charismatic Republican nominee Will Conway, the current governor of New York. A decorated veteran, Conway possessed many of the things the now embattled Frank lacked: a seemingly picture-perfect family, youthful good looks, and a reputation for honesty and courage. As season 4 came to a close, both men were put to the test, with domestic terrorists taking an innocent family hostage, and demanding to only communicate with Conway.
As if that weren't enough for one year, Frank also spent quite a bit of season 4 contending with his own wife Claire (Robin Wright), after ignoring her own personal political ambitions one too many times. While an attempt on Frank's life eventually reunited the couple, their marriage was easily in the most danger it's ever been in. Will Frank and Claire's renewed push for the presidency pay off? Fans will find out this spring, according to a new short season 5 teaser video released by Netflix earlier today. All 13 episodes of House of Cards season 5 will become available on Friday, May 30.
Underneath the teaser video sits what appears to be Netflix's tagline for House of Cards season 5, that being the cheeky "One Nation. Underwood." This continues Cards' pattern of wry marketing, with season 4 receiving campaign style posters last year saying "FU 2016," which in addition to obviously being Frank's initials, accurately sums up what ended up being the attitude of many regarding the decidedly tumultuous year.
Season 5 will be an important year creatively for House of Cards, as it'll be the first not to be overseen by series creator Beau Willimon, who departed the show following the completion of season 4. Taking over the big job will be the duo of Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, senior writers who have been with Cards since season 3. With some critics alleging that Cards has taken a hit in quality as of late, it'll be interesting to see if a change in leadership can reverse those sentiments.
House of Cards season 5 arrives May 30, 2017 on Netflix.