What's now obvious (though it was completely unknown before) is that last season was actually setting up the dominos to let this season work. By getting a big pay-off in season four, suddenly the "hard work" of last year seems not only worth it but validated as well. It reminds me of the old story about the wise sage. There's a small village and a young boy get in the town gets a horse for his birthday. The town says "how wonderful" but the wise sage says "we'll see". Then the boy rides the horse but falls off and breaks his leg. The town says "how terrible" but the wise sage simply says "...we'll see". Shortly after, a war breaks out and all the young men are called to battle...except the boy because his leg was too wounded. The town remarks "how wonderful" but the wise sage says...well, you get the idea.
In other words, this latest House of Cards turn of events is just further proof that there's rarely an "end" to anything. Even though there's momentary disappointment...just wait and see. Everything will likely work itself out eventually. If you feel bored and are worried you have no more problems to solve...just wait and see; something will surely pop up. As my students push through these next three weeks (arguably the busiest of the year) the key will be to keep their eyes focuses on the long term goal. What seems like a disappointing season at the moment is just a set-up for a big denouement to go.