As the school year comes to a close and the summer heat pushes people into the coolness of their homes, the entertainment industry rushes to their rescue with the return of popular shows. The following shows will be releasing a new season this summer.
House of Cards
On May 30, the political Netflix original series House of Cards returns for a fifth installment of 13 more episodes. The last season ended with a declaration of war on terror from Frank Underwood in an attempt to draw attention from the scandals of the Underwood-Underwood election campaign. Rumors have sprung following the release of trailers and previous plot points, and from theoretical connections between Trump’s presidency and Underwood’s campaign; these rumors include the death or murder of Frank Underwood and more apparent influence from President Trump’s election.
Fear the Walking Dead
On June 4, The Walking Dead’s prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead, will premiere its third season on AMC at 9PM. The second season included Madison reconnecting with Travis, Alicia grieving her murder of Andres, and Luciana and Nick narrowly avoiding death when ambushed by an American militia group in the U.S.-Mexican border region. In the new season, the characters will need to learn to not only rebuild society, but also rebuild their families and what it means to be family.
Orange Is the New Black
On June 9, Netflix’s original prison drama, Orange Is the New Black, will be returning for its fifth season to once again follow the terrifying and heartbreaking stories of a minimum-security women’s prison. Season four ended with Daya pointing Humps’ gun at him while all three racial groups stood in gridlock after cornering all of the guards. Season five is expected to cover the time-span of three days after Poussey’s death, focusing on the consequences of the event.
Lip Sync Battle
On June 21, Spike will release the first episode of season 3B of the comical, celebrity game show Lip Sync Battle, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. Past seasons have showcased competitions between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Zendaya and Tom Holland, Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.
On July 11, Freeform’s family drama about a family of adopted children caught in the complexities of growing up will return to the television screen. The fourth season strayed further into Callie’s inability to stay out of trouble, Brandon’s inner turmoil, and the effects of the twins’ background on their present lives. The next season will likely attempt to resolve Callie’s cliffhanger at the end of the fourth season, which left her alone and in danger, as well as reveal the secret Brandon and Mariana have been keeping to Jesus.
Game of Thrones
On July 16, HBO’s Game of Thrones, a TV-adaption of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series A Song of Fire and Ice, will premiere its seventh season at 9PM. The show follows the lives of two powerful royal families fighting for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the privilege of sitting on the Iron Throne. The sixth season brought Jon Snow back to life, saw Arya Stark return home, and showed the true nature of politics and war in less grimmer way than its preceding seasons. Trailers for the seventh season hint at a war between the living and the undead White Walkers and the promotional graphic hints the White Walkers will play a major role in the new season’s plot.
It is apparent that popular shows are returning bigger and better than ever. Luckily, viewers get just enough time between releases to enjoy the new episodes before moving on to the next series.