Writer and creator Beau Willimon poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards"
IN PHOTO: Writer and creator Beau Willimon poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014. Season 2 premieres on Netflix on February 14. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The production on “House of Cards” Season 4 is set to begin in May. Beau Willimon, creator of this Netflix original drama series, has said that the writing team has mapped out the entire story-line of the new season. Season 4 is expected to focus on the Presidential elections.

[Spoiler Alert: The article contains spoilers from "House of Cards" Season 3 finale, read at your own risk]

The final episode of “House of Cards” Season 3, which premiered on Feb. 27, saw Claire telling her husband Frank Underwood that she is leaving him, after refusing to follow him to New Hampshire for the Democratic nomination campaign. Frank had celebrated his win in Iowa, without Claire standing by his side. The final episode also saw Doug killing Rachel and returning to the White House to take the job as Frank’s Chief of Staff.

Whether Frank can function without Claire is “one of the big questions going into season four," Beau Willimon, creator of the series, told The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The focus of Season 3 was on Claire and Frank’s corroding relationship. Willimon said that the first two seasons had laid the foundation for their conflict in "House of Cards" Season 3 . He told E Online that he wants the show’s fans to keep wondering whether Claire and Frank’s relationship is completely broken or not, until the episodes of new season release next year.

And speaking about Doug’s return, the showrunner said to THR that Frank is “obviously far more efficient with Doug by his side. I can only hope that next season it'll bring more of a 'let's get some sh-- done’. "

Meanwhile in the interview given to E Online, Willimon said that the centre of focus of the new season will be on the Presidential race. He, however, said that they will not be picking up incidents and events from the real life political scene.

The headlines are likely to influence them in “subliminal ways,” but according to Willimon, they are not trying to “deliberately parallel what's going on in real life.” He also refused to confirm or deny whether Constance Zimmer is returning to reprise her role as reporter Janine in "House of Cards" Season 4.

Variety has said that “House of Cards” Season 3 has attracted 6.5 per cent of subscribers over its first 30 days of availability on Netflix.

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