Surprise! Netflix Releases 'House of Cards' Early

"This is Washington. There's always a leak," the show tweeted.

ByMEGHAN KENEALLY and MICHAEL ROTHMAN
February 11, 2015, 4:56 PM
PHOTO: Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in Netflix's series "House of Cards."
Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in a scene from Netflix's series, "House of Cards."
Nathaniel E. Bell/Netflix/AP Photo

— -- Netflix surprised fans by releasing the new season of "House of Cards" this afternoon.

The third season of the award-winning show has been teased for weeks and was scheduled to go live later this month on Feb. 27.

Instead, all ten episodes were available on the online streaming site this afternoon, throwing a wrench into die-hard fans' evening plans.

Watch the First Trailer for 'House of Cards' Season 3

But Netflix was aware and pulled the season. They also joked about the mishap on Twitter.

"This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27," they wrote.

Netflix also released a statement, saying, "Due to a technical glitch some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak. He'll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27."

The third season of the drama starring Kevin Spacey is highly anticipated, especially since the Oscar winner's character weasled his way into the presidency at the end of season 2.

Netflix posted the first trailer earlier this year and there's definitely trouble ahead for Frank Underwood, maybe even in his marriage. But alas, we have to wait a few more weeks for the real release.

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