Netflix breaks hearts, yanks early 'House of Cards' release

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright seen at Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening, on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Kevin Spacey arrives at a special screening for season 2 of "House of Cards", on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Robin Wright seen at Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening, on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Robin Wright arrives at a special screening for season 2 of "House of Cards", on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kate Mara seen at Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening, on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Writer Beau Willimon, from left, Netflix's Ted Sarandos, actress Robin Wright, actor Kevin Spacey and Netflix's Cindy Holland, arrive at a special screening for season 2 of "House of Cards", on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Kevin Spacey, left, and Robin Wright arrive at a special screening for season 2 of "House of Cards", on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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For a few glorious minutes, Netflix looked like it was going to pull a Beyoncé and release the third season of "House of Cards" without warning.

"There is but one rule. Hunt or be hunted. Welcome Back," says Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey's character.

The third season unexpectedly showed up on the streaming site Wednesday afternoon. But just as mysteriously as the season materialized, it disappeared - in less than half an hour. (Video via Netflix / "House of Cards")

Netflix told CNBC the season was released because of a bug in its system.

The series is scheduled to debut Feb. 27, and it looks like Netflix is sticking with that original date. (Video via Netflix / "House of Cards")

The show's official account tweeted: "This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27."

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