The Purge wasn’t supposed to be a franchise. The first film, released back in 2012, was a refreshing concept – one day designated each year during which people were allowed to rob, plunder, and kill without consequences to deter any crime and murder happening across America – but it landed kind of flat. Its 2014 sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, was much better with its execution and balanced tension with a sort of power struggle between the “haves” who purged the “have-nots” who were often prey.

Now, a second sequel, The Purge: Election Year, is on the way, hoping to build on the momentum that Anarchy left behind. Election Year is fittingly set in our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C., and focuses on Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), who’s campaigning on a platform that would abolish the annual Purge. When the Senator is betrayed by her fellow statesmen, she is forced out into the streets and on the run, with her bodyguard Leo (Frank Grillo, reprising his role from Anarchy) serving as her primary protection. Along the way, the two encounter patrotically-costumed Purgers, government conspirators, and also look to reconnect with the “resistance” faction (who were headed by Michael K. Williams in Anarchy and whose D.C. contingent has Mykelti Williamson instead).

Watch the trailer for The Purge: Election Year. The third installment in The Purge franchise releases in theaters Independence Day weekend, on July 1st.