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'We're murderers, Francis': Watch the intense trailer for 'House of Cards' season 3

Frank and Claire Underwood trust they can rely on your vote on Netflix on 27 February.

"We're murderers, Francis," says the president's wife. "We're survivors!" he replies. The stakes are high in the intense first trailer for the new season of "House of Cards", returning to Netflix on 27 February.

Season 3 of the award-winning political potboiler continues the tale of ruthless politican Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. According to Netflix, when the stakes are this high, Frank and his wife Claire have but one option: fight to stay on top.

Based on the Michael Dobbs novels previously filmed by the BBC in the 1990s, "House of Cards" was the first original show to be funded and shown exclusively by Netflix, bypassing broadcast TV entirely. It also became the first online-only show to win a major television award when Robin Wright Penn, who plays Claire Underwood, won a Golden Globe.

Eight time-nominated Spacey added another Golden Globe to that tally for his performance as Underwood this weekend, thanking among others the people at Netflix for their support.

Such is the success of the show, Netflix has produced other original series, including "Orange is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman", with " Daredevil" kicking off an ambitious multi-series collaboration with Marvel this April.

All 13 episodes of the new series of "House of Cards" will be made available at the same time on 27 February in all countries where Netflix is available (and, ahem, some where it isn't). Seasons 1 and 2 of the dimly lit backstab-'em-up are already available to catch up with the Underwoods' scheming ways.

Joining the cast in an unspecified recurring role is TV stalwart Kim Dickens, who you may recognise from "Deadwood", "Treme", "Friday Night Lights", "Lost" and "Sons of Anarchy".

Speaking of Netflix, the first full trailer dropped this weekend for "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul". The new show will be broadcast first on AMC in the US, but will then be shown on Netflix for fans of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman to enjoy.