The Southern, honeyed voice of Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), repeating his first lines from the first episode of the Emmy Award-winning series House of Cards
, sets up the second season of the Netflix original series, which will be available for streaming Friday, Feb. 14:
"There are two kinds of pain: The sort of pain that makes you strong, and useless pain—the sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless pain," Underwood says.
While season one had no dearth of suffering, the implication of the second season's teaser trailer is that fans of the show can look forward to an intensification of the carnage they witnessed in 2013.
House of Cards
astounded Netflix users in 2013 with its unflinching take on Beltway politics and its charismatic, Mephistophelean anti-hero, Democratic Rep. and House Majority Whip Francis Underwood from South Carolina's Fifth District. Season One left off with the suicide of Underwood's pawn, Democratic House Rep. Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) of Pennsylvania's First District, the rebellion of Underwood's wife, Claire (Robin Wright); and the liability of reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara).
While the trailer for the second season draws from scenes that will be immediately familiar to fans, a few scenes are new, including Underwood's forest burial of a wedding ring while he flanked by Confederate and Union soldiers, a tryst between Barnes and an unidentified woman and an unraveling of the administration of U.S. President Garrett Walker (Michael Gill). There might also be a flash scene of a man in an undershirt committing seppuku before an unknown seated individual (1:04), and Underwood tossing a T-bone steak into a swimming pool.