House of Cards season 4 premiere date may time well with US elections; Claire to become the villain

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There is no news yet as to when the actual release date will be for House of Cards season 4 but production is ready to start this June for the 2016 premiere of the fourth season.

Based on a report by Master Herald, Netflix may choose to premiere Season 4 in time with the presidential elections to make it more timely and draw more viewers into the critically acclaimed political drama. 

It  said that Season 4 promises to be an exciting one as it will deal with the downfall of President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) at the hands of his wife Claire (Robin Wright). The article also predicts that this might mean that Claire is being groomed to become the series’ next big villain.

As Frank has many known political rivals, there are those who would willingly lend a hand to take him down, and one of them is journalist Constance Zimmer (Janine Skorsky) who first appeared in Seasons 1 and 2 of the series.

The show had a hanging ending as Claire made the decision to leave her husband in the middle of his campaign for Democratic nomination. Claire’s departure put the team off balance and this may become a key conflict in Frank’s bid for victory.

In an interview with showrunner Beau Willimon, he admitted that it will impact Frank’s future very much.

“A lot of the strength of the show is based on the strength of that marriage. But as soon as we began to explore that, we realized there was no turning back. We also realized we’d laid the groundwork in the previous two seasons for this conflict between Francis and Claire, and the more we began exploring it, the more inevitable it became. And the more exciting it was for us to travel that emotional terrain.”

Doug’s (Michael Kelly) return to Team Frank will also play a key part in Season 4 as Willimon hinted that the character may be willing to do Frank’s dirty work for him.

“He’s obviously far more efficient with Doug by his side,” Kelly said. “I can only hope that next season it’ll bring more of a ‘let’s get some s*** done.’ “