‘House of Cards’ season 3 leaked on Netflix early—and mysteriously disappeared

This post contains spoilers for season 3 of House of Cards.

We all have Feb. 27 seared into our brains as the season 3 premiere of House of Cards, but on Wednesday afternoon, a monkey wrench was thrown in there. 

That sound you heard on Twitter was everyone Fred Flintstone-ing their way to Netflix to see if it was true. 

The show doesn’t appear on my main page when I go to Netflix, but a search pulls up season 3, and the 10 episodes are labeled as chapters, as in previous seasons. In the first episode, we see a presidential motorcade make its way to a cemetery, as President Frank Underwood visits the grave of his father. “You have to be a little human when you’re the president,” he says to the camera, before doing something very awful. Classic Frank! 

Is this really a “leak,” or does Netflix know exactly what it’s doing going into Valentine’s Day weekend? That’s when season 2 debuted, after all. 

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We’ve reached out to Netflix for comment and will update if and when we hear back. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin says Netflix told her there was a “bug in the system.” Many people said their stream stopped working, but mine was still going 10 minutes into episode 1. 

[Mr. Burns voice] Riiiigght. 

Update 4:43pm CT, Feb. 11: Via email, a Netflix rep responded, “Due to a technical glitch some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak. He’ll be back on Netflix on Feb 27. #nospoilers”

Screengrab via Netflix 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.