House of Cards season 3 was accidentally released on Netflix for a brief period on Wednesday. The third installment in the popular political series was not scheduled to debut for another two weeks. The glitch was quickly corrected and the show was pulled from the streaming service.
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were scheduled to debut the show’s newest season on February 27, but some fans were given an early preview. In some cases the premiere episode was viewed in its entirety and stills from the new season were posted online.
A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed the early release was due to “a technical glitch”, adding “some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak (sic).”
On the official House Of Cards Twitter account a message read, “This is Washington. There’s always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27.”
Before Netflix could shut down the stream, the synopsis’ for all 13 episodes were posted online (SPOILERS BELOW):
Episode one: A rocky start for the Underwood presidency. Frank wants to introduce an ambitious jobs program, while Claire sets her sights on the United Nations.
Episode two: Claire’ s UN bid runs into trouble. Frank fights off mutiny with a bold address to the country.
Episode three: The Russian President’s state visit becomes a Cold War of wills and some punks heat things up.
Episode four: Claire bypasses Russia at the UN. Frank tries to outmaneuver a potential challenger and ends up face to face with a higher power.
Episode five: Frank declares war on Congress to jumpstart his jobs program. Claire spars with the Russian ambassador.
Episode six: Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned US citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.
Episode seven: The damage is done, and the Underwoods must repair it, but deep wounds don’t heal fast and sometimes not at all.
Episode eight: A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast, and Frank must make a difficult choice.
Episode nine: The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos just as Frank’s campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets disturbing intel and counsels him.
Episode 10: Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one, while Claire tries to preserve the peacekeeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.
As a huge fan of the show I have to admit that I am super excited to see what House of Cards season 3 has in store from us. The synopsis for each episode definitely seem to point to plenty of new and exciting drama points.