House of Cards Season 5: What to Expect, Release Dates, Casting, Plot and More!

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House of Cards season 5 is the continuation of the longest running and first Netflix Original, and it’s still among the very best on the streaming service. After a long campaign in the real world, it’s still waging on in House of Cards with some striking similarities, but we won’t go too much in-depth with that in this article.

Below, we’ve done our best to find out everything about the plot, casting, release schedule, changes to the show and more. Here’s everything you need to know about season 5 of House of Cards:

Season 5 Plot Information

We’re heading to war. Season 4 gave us plenty of scandals, controversies, drama and divide (remind you of our current president?) but the closing scene revealed that Underwood would be a wartime president against ICO. We’re also midway through an election cycle too with things heating up there. Add to that the damning story the Herald launched on the Underwoods. They’ve been forced into a corner and will come out fighting.

Bridges appear to be bridged between Frank and Claire although they’ll no doubt come under strain. Many of Franks staffers are facing increasing pressure mostly from their conscience, and some will no doubt crack.

Trailer and Teasers

We’ve only had a 35-second spot so far, but it does give us a few indications as to what’s happening for season 5 of House of Cards.

With the exception of the date, one of the main draws from this trailer is that season 5 will likely be a lot darker than the previous seasons. The flag being once again upside down (although flipped from the main logo) show’s that it’s business as usual for the Underwoods. The flag being upside down, in case you didn’t know, is often used to signal distress. The dark clouds covering the background along with the Pledge of Allegiance being spoken by kids over the top.

House of Cards Season 5 Release Date

As announced in the trailer, the full season of House of Cards will be arriving on the 30th May 2017. That breaks Netflix’s tradition of releasing its originals on a Friday which is odd but may hold some significance later on? As always, new shows get added to Netflix at 12:01 am PST.

Casting for Season 5 of House of Cards

Here are the currently confirmed returning cast members for season 5 are:

  • Kevin Spacey – Francis Underwood
  • Robin Wright – Claire Underwood
  • Michael Kelly – Doug Stamper
  • Neve Campbell – Lean Harvey
  • Curtiss Cook – Terry Womack
  • Jennifer Leigh Mann – Caroline Miller
  • Daniel Sauli – Benjamin Grant
  • Mark Borkowski – Ted Barnes
  • Farshad Farahat – Yusuf Al Ahmadi

There are some obvious names of people who have yet to confirm whether or not they’re in season 5 but will almost certainly be. We’ll update this list closer to the time with any changes.

New cast members include:

  • Jeffrey Mowrey as a Herald Photographer
  • Susan Pourfar as Nora Cafferty


Will Season 5 be the last season?

At the moment, it’s not clear as to whether or not this season will be its last. We can’t even compare to its British counterpart as it’s wildly taken a different direction ever since (spoilers) Francis pushed Zoe into a train. In the British series, the protagonist was eventually outed for his deception which is where Francis is now.

Rumors have said that with the showrunner leaving that could open up more issues going further and we also have to consider the fact that Francis may end up losing the upcoming election or further more be impeached with the damning evidence that the Herald has on him.

Other Information

  • Filming began eight months ago in Baltimore, a permanent fixture in the filming location of the show. This year, Kevin Spacey treated the locals to pizza.
  • This season will be the first season Netflix releases without
  • Roxann Dawson and Alik Sakharov are listed as directing two episodes each in Season 5.
  • Beau Willimon is continuing his role as head-writer for the show. He’s had a big year on Twitter being against Trump. It’s likely the show may make a few nods to Trump this season.

In the meantime…

Netflix has added some great political dramas over the past few years. Here are some suggestions for other great political dramas on Netflix. The West Wing, Designated Survivor (for Netflix UK users), The Good Wife, Ignorable, and Marseille are all great alternatives.

Are you looking forward to season 5 come to Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Founder of What's on Netflix, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for over a decade. Covering everything from new movies, series and games from around the world, Kasey is in charge of covering breaking news, covering all the new additions now available on Netflix and what's coming next.