Waking up to a foot of snow, many Washington residents are spending the sudden day off by launching a protest—at Netflix, demanding an early viewing of the second season of House of Cards, which is set to be released at midnight Friday.
But will clamoring from bored, snowed-in Netflix customers prompt the online video service to move the debut of the newest episodes of its flagship series up by a few hours.
.@netflix , the entire east coast has a snow day (including the heart of HOC fandom: DC). Release House of Cards now!
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) February 13, 2014
Hey @netflix, how about throwing DC a bone and release House of Cards Seasom 2 a day early so we have something to do on our snow day?
— Right… (@ExTwtrPat) February 13, 2014
— April Simpkins (@AprilSimpkins) February 13, 2014
— Lance Orchid (@lanceorchid) February 13, 2014
Even Slate is getting in on the act, with Brow Beat blogger David Haglund posting an epistolary plea for an earlier view.
“I know you have a whole host of viewing options, but the only thing that will keep us entertained for the amount of time we have to kill is a gripping, twisty drama ‘designed to be binge-watched,’ like, say, House of Cards,” Haglund writes. “And not the first season. We watched that already. It was great! Now we need Season 2. Today.”
But sadly for Haglund and all the other needy House of Cards fans, Netflix is responding about as warmly as Frank Underwood, the scheming Vice President-designate played by Kevin Spacey.
“No, unlikely :(,” Netflix spokeswoman Karen Barragan writes in an email.
So what’s a few more hours, anyway? The new season of House of Cards will be available at midnight, and then you can watch all night and show up to work on Friday morning bleary-eyed, but at least you’ll be up-to-date.
And if you are looking for something to “binge-watch” today, there are far more appropriate viewing options for the weather. The Winter Olympics are on. Or, if you really need a scripted cable drama, why not fire up HBO Go and refresh yourself on Game of Thrones instead? It’s like North of the Wall out there, anyway.