It’s true that real life politics across the pond has dissolved into something far more surreal than even the most preposterous TV show. Armando Innanucci may well be grateful for moving on from his HBO show Veep given that the actual White House appears to be making its own new season. Netflix have a different issue for their ongoing political drama, House of Cards.
At the close of last season, following two years of the usual political machinations undercut with the break down of the marriage between President Frank Underwood and the First Lady, we were at a new beginning for the show. Breaking the fourth wall has been a trademark of the show, a key visual element carried over from the Iain Richardson-fronted BBC trilogy in the 1990s. For the first four seasons it was the sole preserve of Spacey’s Frank Underwood until the final shot of Season Four, when his wife, Claire, joined her husband in looking directly into the camera. Now, there are two.
Netflix will launch the new season of the show on Tuesday, the 30th of May and we should have our eyes on a full trailer soon. How it will react to the current state of US politics is unclear. There is very little belief in the competency and decency of the current administration. The issue that faces the new series is how necessary the projected front of statesmanship, behind which the dirty deeds can be done, will be given its collapse in the real world.
Michael Kelly, ?Jayne Atkinson, ?Neve Campbell, ?Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman return. How many of them will be staring down at you by the end of this season is yet to be seen…