'House of Cards' Returns to Netflix: Why We're So Excited

The third season of the Netflix series will premiere on Friday morning.

ByLESLEY MESSER
February 26, 2015, 1:45 PM

— -- The third new season of "House of Cards" will premiere Friday at around 3 a.m. ET on Netflix, and the newsroom at ABC News can't wait.

Since the dramatic end of season two, in which Frank Underwood usurped the presidency, we haven't stopped wondering what lies ahead.

Here are some questions we hope are answered:

"Claire never struck me as the kind of woman who would be comfortable in the first lady’s seat. Smiling, waving, breaking champagne bottles on the bows of ships named after her? No, it’s not her style. She’s too cold and ruthless, and that’s why we love her. The trailers seem to indicate that she’s starting to question what she and Frank have done to get to the White House: 'We’re murderers Francis.' Will she try to undercut Underwood -- and maybe even go for the presidency herself?" - Lauren Effron, digital producer

"Who is kissing the president’s wife in the trailer? Also in IMDB, there’s a Gary Stamper. Is he Doug’s brother? Does he avenge his death?!" - Michael Rothman, entertainment reporter

"As unlikely as it is, I'm pulling for a Douglas Stamper survival story!" - Brian Canova, senior video producer

"Will Frank Underwood and his wife, Claire, continue a sexual relationship with their Secret Service agent, or was it a one-time thing?" - Brian Canova, senior video producer

"If you’re a super nerd like me who’s a total anglophile, you’re excited for this season of the American 'House of Cards' because you know there will be little or no resemblance going forward to the British original. Though there have been major differences between the two shows, the general plot structure has been the same. The lower legislature’s whip (Francis Urquhart, played by the great Shakespearean actor Ian Richardson) has a lust to become his nation’s top leader and will stop at nothing to get there. By the end of the second season of the American season, Frank is president; by the end of the first BBC series, Francis is prime minister. But the whole second season of the BBC original revolves around a new king who takes an unusual (and probably illegal) interest in politics, backing the opposition and becoming F.U.’s adversary. And (spoiler alert) after forcing a new election where Urquhart is reelected, Urquhart forces the king to abdicate.

"Watching the BBC’s 'HoC' -- which, by the way, is available on Netflix, too -- it was pretty easy to see Zoe Barnes’ death coming. But that just may be where the clues on where the American 'HoC' will go end. America has no monarchy, of course, at least outside of Jay Z and Beyoncé, so there would be no way for Frank Underwood 'To Play the King' the way Francis Urquhart does. It’s a blank page from here on out." - Andrew Springer, senior editor, social media

"Where will Frank Underwood eat ribs now that Freddy’s BBQ Joint is closed? (I’m totally serious.)" - Greg Atria, interactive developer/designer

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