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by mark sweney
You bet there’ll be more political shenanigans from the ruthless vice-president Frank Underwood, portrayed by Kevin Spacey, in season two of ‘House Of Cards’.
Netflix repeats its trick of making all 13 episodes of the drama starring Kevin Spacey available in one dose.
FOR House Of Cards fans there can be only one option for date night this Valentine’s Day – an all-night session watching the second season of the hit US political drama as Netflix repeats its trick of making all 13 episodes available across the globe in one dose.
The second series of House Of Cards begins with the scheming of Kevin Spacey’s ruthless politician, Francis “Frank” Underwood, having secured him the vice-presidency, which serves only to further fuel his insatiable desire for power and influence.
“We’re very excited to be sharing a new set of stories,” Spacey said. “I can’t give anything away – this is the no-spoiler generation after all – but (it is) safe to say Frank has lost none of his Machiavellian instincts and with greater political power comes even more potential for plotting and scheming.”
Spacey’s character has gone as far as committing murder to keep his political ambitions on track, the pivotal and gripping moment at the end of the first season. It is a plot twist the show’s creator said he doesn’t feel the need to outdo in the new series.
“I don’t think about topping things,” said the show’s creator, Beau Willimon. “The evolution of character is not a game of one-upmanship. It is about change. Souls are vast and so the opportunity to explore ways in which characters contradict themselves and evolve is also vast.”
With nine Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe – for Robin Wright’s portrayal of Underwood’s equally devious wife, Claire – the show has already been commissioned for a third series.
Willimon said that he doesn’t have a master plan for how long the show might run, but he would like it to go out while it was still enjoying huge popularity, like the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad. “In conception of the second season, I put a lot of thought into the doors open to us in seasons three and beyond,” he added. “I didn’t want to paint ourselves into a corner in the second season. I don’t know how many seasons is right for this show, we don’t want to overstay our welcome.”
The entire series will be available to view globally at once, which works out at 8am UK time (4pm in Malaysia) on Friday, in a move likely to herald a rash of sick days and Valentine’s Day date-night plans on the sofa with pizza.
House Of Cards’ fictional portrayal of the dark side of US politics has also proved to be a winner at the White House. President Barack Obama recently joked with Reed Hastings, Netflix chief executive, about getting his hands on advance copies of the second season. – Guardian News & Media
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