Let's face it. Politics is a pretty scary place right now. The UK is on the cusp of another general election, Donald Trump has just celebrated 100 days as President of the United States, and god knows what Kim Jong-Un is going to do next.
And now, Frank Underwood is going for presidency once again in House of Cards. The American fictional political thriller/drama is set to grip us all once again with Netflix releasing the trailer for the fifth series of the show.
In fact, the problems in the real world have led some to watch House of Cards as a bit of trash TV. At the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, comedian Hasan Minhaj joked that the real presidency has become so stressful that he's taken to watching House of Cards 'just to relax'.
The four 'seasons' (American term) Frank Underwood has risen to top-dog, running the show, and guiding us through his thoughts via breaking the fourth wall. His wife, Claire, doing the same for the first time at the end of the last episode.
Frank, played by Kevin Spacey, is shown in the trailer being utterly terrifying and crafty. His wife, actress Robin Wright, equally so. In fact, the Underwood's are seen smiling (in that evil manner), strangling and sneering their way to seizing power in the capital - in fact you can hear Spacey run through his desire to be in White House for more than a standard eight-year term.
All this, plus their hatred of the American people. "The American people don't know what's best for them. I do," says Spacey's character.
"They're like little children, Claire," he continues. "We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths, teach them right from wrong, tell them what to think and how to feel and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams, crafting their worst fears. Lucky for them, they have me."
What chilling words they are. There'll undoubtedly be more when the series premieres on Netflix on May 30.
The show, which has run for 52 episodes so far, has won many awards including two golden globes for best actress (Wright) and best actor (Spacey) in 2014 and 2015 respectively, as well as a handful of Primetime Emmy Awards.
If Frank Underwood had been playing a game for the last four series, it's about to get real serious for series 5.
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