The House of Cards seems to be tumbling down in the second season of Netflix's critically-acclaimed series — for which the streaming service released a poster (seen here) and a full-length trailer (below).
President Obama has publicly declared his admiration for how "ruthlessly efficient" the politics are in the Emmy-winning show, and sure enough, one season after being passed over as Secretary of State, Congressman Frank Underwood is being sworn in as Vice President as the preview picks up.
"One heartbeat away from the presidency, and not a single vote cast in my name," Frank says in an aside to the audience. "Democracy is so underrated."
In the rest of the preview, however, Frank and wife Claire (Robin Wright) have a tenuous grip on their lofty status. Punches are thrown, enemies made, Anthrax-like powder spilled, journalists interrogated, marriages questioned, phone histories deleted, steaks thrown into pools. (Yes, really.)
And though Frank and Claire have a unique version of wedlock, there's no denying the cutthroat pleasure they take helping each other gain power. At one point, for example, Frank declares that he wants an adversary obliterated. But Claire dissents: "More than that. Let's make him suffer."
"I don't know whether to be proud or terrified," Frank quips, facing the camera.
Season 2 hits Netflix on February 14.