Frank Underwood knows what he wants, and he knows how to get it. He knows what you want as well: to watch the third season of House of Cards before its initial release date of February 27th, 2015.
Fans almost had that chance earlier today, as Netflix briefly released 10 episodes from Season 3 to be available for viewing, only to be pulled soon after. Netflix blamed the leak on a system error, and quickly addressed the gaffe via the official House of Cards Twitter page saying, "This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27."
The leak also allowed people to read descriptions for the first 10 episodes of the upcoming season. Being an enormous fan of the show, I quickly averted my eyes as I do not want to see any plot details until I am given the full go-ahead to binge watch the entire season. But for those more adventurous types, the episode descriptions as well as an interesting screenshot can be found here.
Below is some speculation as to what is going on in said screenshot, but I would advise not to read if you haven't yet finished Season 2.
The screenshot from The Verge clearly shows that Frank is attending a funeral, and other sites have made clear that the new season opens with a funeral procession. In all likelihood, the funeral is probably for Doug Stamper, Frank's loyal chief-of-staff who was presumably murdered by Rachel Posner at the end of Season 2. This should unfortunately lay to rest the theories that Stamper may still be alive, despite the fact that he looked quite dead in the last shot of him.
Nevertheless, February 27 and [House of Cards](series:726551) Season 3 is only a short two weeks away.