'House of Cards' season 4 release date, plot rumors: Show goes back to more politics, less personal relationships for Frank; new showrunners named

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Later this week, “House of Cards” season 4 is returning to Netflix, and the people behind the show have been doing promotional activities to get as much attention to the show as possible.

The show decided to further the connection by also fully launching Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) bid at re-election. In the past months, a couple of publicity stunts of Underwood’s fake campaign have been floating around the Internet. However, as much as the materials depicted success, they were also coupled with the misdeeds Underwood has done with a promise of them haunting him back in season 4. Rumors of the show going back to more politics instead of Underwood’s personal relationships are also rife with the promise of more dirty tricks.

Variety reported, however, that Underwood’s lack of a worthy opponent still remains to be the waterloo of the story which can also be part of the reason why the show had subpar reactions for season 3. Rumor has it as well that it is the real reason why showrunner Beau Willimon decided to leave the series after season 4. It might turn out to that Underwood’s biggest foe will be another Underwood, his wife, Claire (Robin Wright). While she has been absent in most of the promos for season 4, fans can expect that she will still play a pivotal role in the show.

With Willimon leaving the show, not one, but two writers will be taking over his duties for the show’s fifth season – Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson.

“I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on ‘House of Cards’ and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on season 5,” executive producer and lead actor Spacey revealed via a statement.

In a joint statement by Pugliese and James Gibson, the two said “We and the rest of the ‘House of Cards’ writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood.”

“House of Cards” season 4 is slated to air 13 episodes which will debut on March 4.