House of Cards

House of Cards

By Emily Walsh

Spoiler Alert: Not intended for those who haven’t watched Seasons 1 and 2 in their entirety.

Now that the 2014 midterm elections are over, I for one am incredibly excited about the next installment in American politics. And in no way do I mean excitement about real-life politics or the beginning of a Republican-held Congress. I am talking about the political world portrayed in the extremely seductive, addictive Netflix original series House of Cards.

If you haven’t already heard, then prepare yourself. Netflix recently announced that it’s original series House of Cards will be returning for its third season starting on Feb. 27, 2015!!  Yes, that’s right, President Frank Underwood will be back in the Oval Office in just two short months. (I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been waiting since last February for him to make another appearance.)

In Frank’s illustrious words, “Democracy is so overrated.” It’s not surprising that the wheeling and dealing Underwood would utter such words. It appears that he is now poised to wield his own homegrown brand of democracy (or as I like to call it “the Underwood autocracy.”) But history has proven that autocratic rulers are overthrown, which leads me to wonder: will we see the fall of Frank Underwood in Season 3?

Many questions remained unanswered at the finale of last season, so it is anyone’s guess. But if I had access to House of Cards insiders, these are the questions I would ask:

Is Doug Stamper dead?
Did Frank’s trusted aide truly meet his bloody demise? The scene ended so abruptly and the last we saw, Doug was lying face down in the woods. Did Rachel kill him? I would find it hard to believe that he’s gone as he holds the keys to many of Frank’s secrets. And if he is alive, how will the relationship between Doug and Rachel progress? It’s common knowledge that the House of Cards writers don’t give away any clues to the actors until soon before they shoot, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what Season 3 will bring. We will have to wait until February 27th to watch online to find out.

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