[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."
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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...
"There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted," Kevin Spacey says at the end of the new House of Cards trailer.
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Season 2 of the David Fincher political drama finds Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) continuing their ruthless rise to power, as Zoe (Kate Mara) gets closer to uncovering the truth about his crimes. Michel Gill, Corey Stoll and Gerald McRaney also star.
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Both Spacey and Wright received Emmy nominations for their performances on the series, which was adapted from the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name. The series earned a total of nine Emmy nominations and took home three awards.
TV shows and movies set in Washington, D.C., often cast real-life members of the media to report on fictional proceedings. But the new Netflix political drama House of Cards takes that to a new level.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos plays himself in the series' second hour, interviewing a Secretary of State nominee on his This Week set. No spoilers, but it's a tough grilling that provides a turning point in the story...