House of Cards, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s first original series, debuted one year ago. But beyond the fact that the video streaming service began producing its own content, remains the fact that they surprised many with how well they did it. Though the service had the help of millions of users’ metadata that told Netflix that its users liked Kevin Spacey, political intrigue, and David Fincher, that by itself doesn’t make a hit. And it certainly does not guarantee you nine prime-time Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations. Additionally, last weekend, the show was named best new series at the Writers Guild of America 2014 awards, beating out Orange is the New Black, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and The Americans.

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While the second season of House of Cards won’t be made available in its entirety until Valentine’s Day, in a “trademark” of original programming from Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), the service has gone ahead and pulled the trigger on a third season.

The third-season announcement

House of Cards official Twitter account featured the following post today:

House of Cards will return to Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) for a 3rd Season. #OneNationUnderwoodpic.twitter.com/MQGCWrHacC

The Hollywood Reporter also said today that production would be starting “soon.”

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It’s believed that just like the first two seasons, the 13 episodes will be released on the same day early in the year during the third season.

For those who have lived in a hole or been leading a misguided expedition through the Darien Gap over the last year, House of Cards tells the story of a corrupt congressman, played by Kevin Spacey, trying to scheme his way into the White House with the help of his even more evil wife played by Robin Wright.

While the world awaits the second season, some are surely smiling today knowing that season three is a done deal. Talks between Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Media Rights Capital, the independent studio that owns the show, have been going on for the last few months, but terms seem to have finally been agreed upon in recent days.