- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2017

Promoting the upcoming fifth season of its political drama “House of Cards,” Netflix on Friday tweeted a short video including a U.S. flag flying upside down, a symbol of a nation in distress.

In the video, a chorus of children recite the Pledge of Allegiance as the camera zooms out on a U.S. flag flying upside down in front of the U.S. Capitol dome. The video fades to black with the instrumental theme music for the series and the date “5.30.17” emblazoned on screen.

Netflix introduced the video with the description, “We make the terror.”

The line is a reference to the last sentence spoken by main character President Frank Underwood at the conclusion of season four. “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror,” the character said as he broke the fourth wall in the closing lines of the season finale.

From the beginning of the series in 2013, the upside-down U.S. flag has been part of the title card for the show. 

“House of Cards” follows the political machinations of the Machiavellian Democrat Underwood — played by Kevin Spacey — as he schemes his way into the presidency and then subsequently fights desperately to retain power and win an election in his own right.

The series is adapted from a 1990s British series by the same name which followed the rise and stunning fall of scheming British Conservative prime minister Francis Urquhart.

 

 

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