If American history has taught us anything it’s that new seasons of House of Cards arrive at 3:01 a.m. ET, not 12:01 ET, you confused East Coasters.
Mashable confirmed with Netflix that all 13 episodes of Season 3 will come out on Feb. 27 at 3:01 a.m. ET and 12:01 a.m. PT, so you still have time gather snacks and beverages.
Even House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon can’t keep the release time straight:
Sorry folks, had my math off with the time diff here in London. To be clear @HouseofCards launch is 12am PT, 3AM EST, 8AM GMT. Game on!
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 26, 2015
Confused and angry fans who had no clue about the release time expressed their displeasures on Twitter before and after the clock struck midnight on the East Coast.
Its after midnight. That makes it the 27th. Netflix. You’re withholding House of Cards. Cut it out.
— Jon Dough (@Master_Baker) February 27, 2015
Was counting the minutes to midnight so I could watch House of Cards then realized it was midnight pacific time… #crying
— Cole Staudt (@ColeStaudt64) February 27, 2015
More important than this dress question is what time does house of cards come out? Priorities, people.
— Jules Huff (@jules__huff) February 27, 2015
— Kevin Zegers (@KevinZegers) February 27, 2015
What time does House of Cards come online tomorrow? Is it call in sick day or a leave early pick up pizza/beer day. Asking for a friend…
— Josh Knowles (@joshknowles) February 27, 2015
— Ri (@maria_wyling) February 27, 2015
You get the point.
If you need a quick refresher on what happened in Season 2, read our three-part review:
The ominous opening foreshadows a season filled with darkness for the Underwoods and company. And that ending. OMFG. Read our review of chapters 14-16.
The Underwoods’ massive cleanup effort has a lot of stains to tackle: old enemies, precarious alliances and riveting threats to everyone’s future. But the mops now have fresh blood on them after a shocking death turns plans upside down at the end of episode one.
Information is power, but as some key truth tellers are discovering midseason, too much information can be lethal. Read our review of chapters chapters 17-20.
The show at this point is excelling because of everyone’s intense jousting for information and power, but just as engrossing is watching schemers Frank and wife Claire cunningly attempt to hide the truth at all means, like destroying the lives of the pesky journalists on his tail.
More vulnerable than ever in the final episodes, the Underwoods must cope with the looming threat of their downfall. Read our review of chapters 21-26.
Season two thrives, just as ABC’s Scandal does, when addressing timely multi-episode arcs. Showrunners have weaved in cyber spying, government shutdowns, right of asylum and — to no one’s surprise — political malfeasance.