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House of Cards: Watch the extended trailer for season 2
"One heartbeat away from the presidency and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so overrated."
 

Netflix is debuting the second season of its self-serious political drama House of Cards on Valentine's Day, because there's nothing more romantic than a sociopathic politician played by noted heartthrob Kevin Spacey. But anyone who wants a teaser of what House of Cards has in store can check out this extended trailer for the second season, which offers a far clearer glimpse of the second season's narrative arc than the enigmatic trailers released last month.

Netflix ordered a second season of House of Cards before the first season had even aired, so it's no great surprise that this extended glimpse of the new season looks a lot like the old one. As Frank Underwood is sworn in as vice president, he turns to the camera and mumbles, "One heartbeat away from the presidency and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so overrated."

Yes, Frank has ascended to a significantly higher position, though he clearly has his eye on the Oval Office. But there are plenty of obstacles left in Frank's way: Attacks on his wife Claire, the skepticism of reporter Zoe Barnes, and allegations of a political conspiracy on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Since Netflix still hasn't announced whether House of Cards will return for a third season, this could be the end — so anyone who's tempted to binge on Kevin Spacey's political machinations might want to space out their marathons accordingly.

 
Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

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