Set to debut on May 30, the new “House of Cards” season finds Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood envisioning a future America with him in charge.
The biggest question heading into Season 5 of House of Cards is how the show will respond to the rise of Donald Trump.
The first four seasons imagined what would happen if the most calculating, ruthless, amoral politicians were set loose within America’s political system. There was adultery. There was back-stabbing. There was blackmail. There was murder. And yet, Trump’s presidency has been more surreal than anything even Frank Underwood could imagine. How would the series, which hasn’t aired a new episode since Trump won the Republican nomination, possibly be able to match the lunacy of America in 2017?
The trailer, which was released Monday, also features a voiceover monologue from Underwood in which he talks about how he needs to “teach [the American people] right from wrong” and “tell them what to think and how to feel and what to want.”
“Lucky for them, they have me,” Underwood says maniacally, echoing how Trump spoke of himself during his campaign as the only one who could save America from destruction.
Fans have waited for more than a year for the new season. Season 4 premiered back in March 2016, so fans have had a long time to reflect on an Underwood presidency. The US also got a new president in the interim between seasons, so it’ll be interesting to see how the current political climate will play out on Netflix’s most politically engaged show.
This will be the series’s first season without creator and showrunner Beau Willimon, who has been vocally anti-Trump since the election.
The new season lands on Netflix on May 30th.