Eagle-eyed viewers of the Netflix satire have spotted a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to the dearly departed gorilla Harambe in the second episode of the latest run.
Midway through the instalment data scientist and hacker Aidan Macallan (played by Damian Young) is seen breaking into records as he deletes damaging files on the Underwoods that could potentially take down the administration.
Aidan allows the files to be corrupted by letting hackers temporarily access a network by sending a message on his phone, which briefly flashes up on the screen.
Devoted viewers have screen shotted the message, which reads: “Yo. I left a present for you on Pasterbox: http://pasterbox.net/4h4rAMb3. Good for 20 minutes online. Happy Halloween.”
While many have missed the link entirely, the end of the link features a joke inserted by the producers and reads: “For Harambe.”
Harambe was a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, who was shot dead by the staff after he grabbed a small boy visiting the enclosure last year.
House of Cards fans have spotted this Harambe reference in season 5
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Yo. I left a present for you on Pasterbox: http://pasterbox.net/4h4rAMb3. Good for 20 minutes online. Happy Halloween
His death was caught on video and sparked a mass outpouring of grief and outrage on social media, along with countless memes about the hysterical response to the animal’s untimely demise.
The memes usually involved the phrase “for Harambe” as people jokingly paid tribute to the gorilla and his memory.
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House of Cards appears to be carrying on the joke, a year after Harambe ended up going viral.
Season five dropped on the internet streaming service at midnight today and has already had fans bingeing through the episodes.
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The most recent series follows the Underwoods as they continue to hold onto power and the White House using any means possible.
The opening episode of season five saw the action picking up straight off the back of the last episode as the aftermath of the homegrown terrorist attack continued to play out.
All the while President Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) and First Lady Claire (Robin Wright) carried on their deft manipulation of the media and the public to their own ends like so many chess pieces.
House of Cards season 5 is available on Netflix.