'House of Cards' Season 3 Spoilers, Release Date: Kevin Spacey Heads Back to U.S. for Filming

( [email protected] ) Jun 22, 2014 01:48 PM EDT
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Production for 'House of Cards' Season 3 is underway, as series star Kevin Spacey tweeted last week that he was traveling back to Washington D.C. for filming. 

Spacey had been participating in the stage production 'Clarence Darrow' at the Old Vic Theater in London, United Kingdom. Last Tuesday over Twitter, he thanked audiences who showed up to his performance.

"What a blast it was to do," Spacey remarked. "Now back to Washington for... well, you know."

The Oscar-award winner returns to Netflix's critically-acclaimed series as anti-hero Frank Underwood. Season Two left off with Underwood being sworn into office as the President of the United States -- albeit fictionally.

Filming for Season Three will primarily be done in Maryland, though Spacey's recent tweet suggests that some scenes may be filmed in the U.S.-capitol of Washington, D.C. Until there is a teaser trailer, plot details for the next season will remain sketchy at best.

'House of Cards' made the news recently when China's central authority in Beijing approved an editorial claiming that the show provided ample evidence of corruption in the United States. The article in question was written by Zhao Lin of the Institute of China Supervision, a government- affiliated organization that normally investigates corruption in China.

"Corruption as a chronic social illness is deeply rooted in the political, economic and cultural soil of Western developed countries," Zhao wrote. "Not only are they [westerners] unable to eradicate their own corruption, they have become the instigator of the internationalization of corruption."

Zhao made no mention of his views regarding the show's portrayal of Chinese corruption in Season Two, but did offer some real-life examples of official corruption that occurred in the West. Netflix's political thriller has become popular in China, especially amongst the country's intellectual elite that have reportedly included a number of government officials.

Suffice to say, China's overactive netizens had a field day with the editorial, and posted comments all over Chinese social media sites such as Sina-Weibo. Their comments became a part of a recent article posted on the Wallstreet Journal blog.

The show's second season presents China's Beijing government as an unseen but ever-present danger to U.S. national security. It is unclear whether Season Three will continue with this narrative.

Due to the show's success, Netflix renewed 'House of Cards' for a third season back in February this year. The actual premiere date remains unannounced, but is definitely due for 2015. As filming for Season Three continues, the series' vibrant fan-base will likely yield more spoilers in the coming weeks.