When is House of Cards season 5 out?
House of Cards season five will be released in full on Tuesday May 30.
Cleverly, Netflix made the announcement to coincide with President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The new seasn will be the first without creator Beau Willimon, who left the show to found the Action Group Network – a “loosely-connected” anti-Trump organisation.
In his absence Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese – two senior writers who have been with the show since 2014 – have been promoted to showrunners.
What will happen in House of Cards season 5?
Season four ended with Frank declaring an all-out war on terrorist group ICO in a sadistic attempt to “create chaos” and draw attention away from a exposé penned by Claire’s lover Thomas Yates.
The new run of episodes will deal with the fall-out of the article and its effect on Frank and Claire’s presidential campaign. The First Lady was nominated as Frank’s Vice Presidential candidate after their team manipulated an open primary.
Rumours on social media have claimed that Frank will die at the end of season five.
The President’s life hung in the balance in the last run of episodes after he was shot by crazed journalist Lucas Goodwin.
Frank and Claire will run for President and VP next season
Frank 'created chaos' at the end of season four by declaring war on terror
It is thought that he could finally succumb to health problems caused by his wounds, or else be murdered by Claire.
In the original BBC House of Cards trilogy, Frank is assassinated by a sniper arranged by his wife.
Michael Kelly, who plays unhinged White House aide Doug Stamper, teased that fans might “lose characters that you love”.
He said: “We almost lost Frank [last year], and I always have faith in the writers that no matter what road we go down, we’re going to come back to what the show is.”
“I feel like any big changes that have happened on the show, it’s always well-warranted or well-deserved, that the audience will get it.”
Frank and Claire Underwood are set to return for a new series of House of Cards
Michael Kelly has teased that major characters might die
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Who will be in the cast of House of Cards season 5?
Veteran actress Patricia Clarkson and The Amazing Spiderman’s Campbell Scott will join the show as to new characters who are set to play “major, mystery” roles in the upcoming season.
Netflix are yet to announce which of the ensemble cast will return for season five, but Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are expected to return as Frank and Claire Underwood.
Michael Kelly will likely reprise his character Doug Stamper, alongside Jayne Atkinson as Catherine Durant and Elizabeth Marvel as Heather Dunbar.
Neve Campbell and Joel Kinnaman, who both joined the series last year, will return as strategist LeAnn Harvey and Frank’s presidential rival Will Conway.
Frank's former chief of staff-turned-emeny Remy Danton will not appear as actor Mahershala Ali has bowed out of the show.
Ali said that "the character had run his course", and is currently starring in Netflix's Marvel show Luke Cage.