'House of Cards' builds season two on power-hungry political pair

Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:50am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Like the conniving congressman he plays in Netflix's series "House of Cards," Kevin Spacey is keeping his cards close to his chest when he comes to the second season of the Emmy Award-winning political drama that premieres on Friday.

There will be surprises, promises the double Oscar winner, and insight into the marriage between his ruthless South Carolina Representative Francis Underwood and Robin Wright's Claire, his cool, calculating wife in the online-only series from the subscription video streaming service.

All 13 episodes of the acclaimed show that chronicles the rise of the power-hungry couple whose ambition seems to know no limits and also peers into the murky world of Washington politics will be immediately available on February 14.

"Some people think it is a marriage of convenience. Some people think it is true love," said Spacey, 54, who won a best actor Oscar for "American Beauty" in 2000 and picked up the supporting actor prize in 1996 for "The Usual Suspects."

"The season will expand on their relationship and go to places that may well be surprising," he told Reuters in an interview.

Underwood's hard-driving journalist lover Zoe Barnes, played by actress Kate Mara, gets closer to uncovering his secrets in the second season, and a new powerful female character, an ambitious Democratic congresswoman from California, joins the cast.

The debut of "House of Cards" made television history and established Netflix as a power player in original entertainment. The series won three Emmys last year, the first wins in major categories for a series delivered online.

New episodes could help Netflix add new subscribers to its fast-growing video streaming service that now boasts 44 million members worldwide. The company does not disclose viewership numbers.   Continued...

Actor Kevin Spacey, from the drama series "House of Cards," arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni