"House of Cards" season 3 release date news is already swirling online while some of us are still playing catch-up to the binge-watchers who finished second season shortly after its Valentine's Day premiere. "House of Cards" cast and crew wasted no time in gearing up for season 3. Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) confirmed that the show will begin filming soon. Kevin Spacey (Francis Underwood) unveiled that the show will continue to shoot in Baltimore.
"I'm very happy to be [coming back to Baltimore]," Spacey told the Baltimore Sun. "I've been loving being in Baltimore and having such a really nice time there. The crew, they've become our family. You come to work in the morning and you're surrounded by a group of people who probably got there before you did and will be there long after you've left."
While "House of Cards" season 3 production will start soon, that doesn't mean that all of the writing is completed yet. But the writers are back to work. Creator Beau Willimon posted a photo of the writing team behind the political series on Twitter this week. The caption stated: "Howdy from @HouseofCards writers room! We're hard at work on Seas 3 for y'all. 800 pages to go! @netflix." What can fans expect from "House of Cards" season 3? As Willimon told TV Guide, the writers will continue to pull out all the stops.
"The way I approach each season is, let's not keep any great ideas in reserve - let's use them all. By the time it's the end of the season, we have no more ideas - in some ways, no idea how to keep the show going. We might have some notions of where it can go. [But] treat every season as though it's your last, don't hold anything back," Willimon said.
Speaking of not holding anything back, it's clear the writers aren't afraid to take risks in the warped political series. [WARNING: SEASON 2 PREMIERE SPOILER AHEAD] That was made quite clear in the "House of Cards" season 2 premiere, where reporter Zoe Barnes took a lethal subway spill at the hands of Frank Underwood halfway through the episode. Actress Kate Mara finally talks about Zoe's fate in a recent interview with EW. In the interview, Mara reveals that she knew about Zoe's untimely death from the beginning.
"Yeah. I'm pretty sure most of the cast knew. I know Kevin knew. The reason I was so excited to be a part of it - and I wasn't bummed about it - was because I thought it was such a ballsy move to do it on the very first episode of the second season, and not do it halfway through, or [in] the last episode of the second season. It's a pretty shocking way to start season 2. Even if people have seen the original even if they know what happens to the character in that one, you don't know when or if it will happen or in what way. So I thought Beau [Willimon, Cards's creator] did such a great job in coming up with that whole thing. And I know the way she goes was really thought out, and it took a very long time to decide what the best way would be," Mara said.
Back to the "House of Cards" season 3 release date. While no official date has been announced, and likely won't for some time to come, it's safe to say the show will follow a similar time frame as its first two seasons. That means fans can expect the third season to premiere around February 2015. As for future seasons, both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright have voiced their willingness to stay on board with the series for many years to come.