“House of Cards”: what can we tell from the art?

By Anubhuti Kumar

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via Netflix

Cloudy skies and an almost grimy-looking Air Force One dominate the key promotional art for the much anticipated third season of the Netflix hit series “House of Cards.” Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, has never been known for even trying to play a clean game in the corrupted world of Washington D.C.’s biggest offices, but this season’s art seems to suggest a progressively darker path to gaining and keeping power in the city where it is most coveted and most elusive. And Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, seems to be right alongside as his partner in crime.

With all the skeletons Frank stuffed in in his closets, it seems unavoidable that his misdeeds cast a shadow over his time in office, and the art seems to suggest just that. His crimes are following him and it cannot be imagined that the techniques he and his wife used to get stuff done in the past will be put to rest, if not become even darker.

One aspect of the coming season that cannot be inferred from the art is which supporting characters will be returning. Featuring just Frank and Claire side by side, it is obvious they are stronger than ever as a team. We can read as much into the art as we want, but only the release of the coming season, consisting of 13 one-hour episodes, will relate the exciting twists and turns in store for fans in season 3 of “House of Cards.”

Anubhuti Kumar is a contributing writer. Email her at entertainment@nyunews.com.

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