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'House of Cards' season two raises the stakes

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On February 14, 2014, Netflix dropped the second season of its intense political drama “House of Cards” giving anti-Valentine's Day enthusiasts across the country a perfect alternative to the sugary holiday. The season didn't waste any time, or pull any punches, as they delivered shocking moment after shocking moment in the very first episode. “House of Cards” rivals the best that HBO or Showtime has to offer while giving fans the satisfying option of binge watching every episode to find out what dirty deeds will come next.

Kevin Spacey's portrayal of the powerful politician Frank Underwood is nothing short of perfection. He consistently acts out despicable plans, while somehow keeping the audience on his side. We get to know President Garrett Walker, played by Michael Gill, a bit better in season two as he takes on world issues and matters close to home. Robin Wright continues to prove why she was so deserving of the 2014 Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Drama. Her performance as Frank's poised wife Claire Underwood is at once understated and full of emotion.

Season two also welcomed some new additions to the cast. Molly Parker is beguiling as the up-and-coming congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp. She quickly falls in line with the scheming, manipulative ways of the “House of Cards” congress. “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” alum Jimmi Simpson is a scene stealer as expert hacker Gavin Orsay.

“House of Cards” has solidified itself as one of the best TV dramas that audiences have ever seen. Michael Dobbs, Beau Willimon, Andrew Davies and their team of writers carefully place breadcrumbs of information throughout the series, subliminally preparing viewers for huge plot twists while still managing to deliver jaw-dropping moments. “House of Cards” has already been renewed for a third season so fans can look forward to even more devious developments as Frank Underwood continues to follow his mantra of, “Hunt or be hunted.”

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