[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of Netflix's House of Cards. Read at your own risk.]
House of Cards' second season premiere ends with Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood telling viewers, using his trademark direct address to the audience in the most meta way possible, not to spend much time fretting over his most recent deplorable act. "For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy," Frank purrs. "There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted. Welcome back."
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon on the D.C. thriller's second season
For much of the episode, Frank is the one being hunted. Although Frank is on the brink of being confirmed for the vice presidency, he still has a major problem...
Conniving politico Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) isn't facing term limits just yet. Days before the release of House of Cards' Season 2 — Netflix will start streaming all 13 episodes on Feb. 14 — the Washington, D.C., thriller secured a third season pickup. Executive producer Beau Willimon recently spoke with TV Guide Magazine on the show's return, how Netflix treats the drama and how he reacted when President Obama declared himself a fan.
Netflix released all 13 episodes of House of Cards on Feb. 1, and almost immediately the political thriller became one of TV's most addictive dramas. Most viewers watch multiple episodes in one sitting, and fans share stories of lapping up the entire season in just a few days. Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood, a crafty politician bent on revenge, with Robin Wright as his cunning wife, Claire. House of Cards was adapted by executive producer Beau Willimon from a BBC series; Willimon is a recovering politico, having worked on several campaigns before turning to writing. He took time out from working on Season 2 to tell us why we should start...