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.