Back in September, we learned that Robin Wright and Jodie Foster would direct episodes in the second season of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards” from David Fincher, Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), and Kevin Spacey. Now we finally have a premiere date for the new season.
Netflix has announced that all 13 episodes of season two of “House of Cards” will arrive on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2014. That means anyone who doesn’t have a date on that greeting card holiday can binge watch the whole season that weekend.
Here’s the official synopsis for the second season:
Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’ former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.
Mahershala Ali, Sebastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Nathan Darrow, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Kelly, Constance Zimmer, Reg E. Cathey, and Molly Parker are also returning for the second season along with new cast members like Jayne Atkinson, Gil Birmingham, Rachel Brosnahan, Derek Cecil, Terry Chen, Ben Daniels, Joanna Going, Boris McGiver, Mozhan Marno, Sam Page, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Jimmi Simpson.
In addition, Carl Franklin (Out of Time, “The Newsroom”), James Foley (Glengarry GlenRoss, “Hannibal”) and John David Coles (“Elementary”) all direct episodes this season as well. With that kind of talent behind the camera, this promises to be another compelling season of programming for Netflix, whose palette of original content is only getting stronger – especially with that huge Marvel deal in their future.
And if you just can’t wait, here’s a very quiet and simple teaser for the new season that doesn’t give anything away, but does have Robin Wright making the smoking of a cigarette pretty damn captivating:
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