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'House of Cards' promises more 'plotting and scheming'

12:57 PM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
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USA TODAY - Let the binge viewing begin.

A second season of House of Cards, Netflix's hot political drama, arrives early Friday (3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT), all at once, just as Season 1 was last year.

Kevin Spacey's conniving congressman Frank Underwood continues his political climb. And the spotlight shines even more on his equally conniving wife, Claire, played by Robin Wright.

Should we expect more dark and twisted dealings in the Washington political corridors?

"I can't give anything away - this is the no-spoiler generation, after all," says Spacey, his deep voice sounding exactly like the smooth and in-control Underwood. "But it's safe to say Frank has lost none of his Machiavellian instincts, and with greater political power comes even more potential for plotting and scheming."

The actor says to look for "lots of intrigue and surprises and unexpected turns. We hope even some humor."

Dark humor.

"We went into it to see just how dark it can get," he says.

As for specifics, Spacey's right: No spoiling allowed. But we guarantee there will be "wow" moments right off the bat.

And we can tell you to look for new cast member Molly Parker (Deadwood), who plays Jacqueline Sharp, a third-term Democratic congresswoman from California, an Underwood ally whose "ruthless pragmatism" appeals to him.

Ruthless is a word that can apply to just about every character on the show, although Parker prefers another. "Every character in this show is ambitious. Every single one. Within their ambition, they're differentiated by how far they're willing to go."

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