Setting up 'House of Cards' for Season 2

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET

It isn't so much a House of Cards as a Triplex of Cards.

As season one of House of Cards unfolded, it essentially became three stories.

There were the intergovernmental wheelings and dealings of duplicitous U.S. House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.

There also was a related but tonally separate crime story, with Frank getting his hands dirty and trying to control his relationship with reporter Zoe Barnes, played by Kate Mara.

And then there was Frank's wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, whose icy ambitiousness at the helm of a non-profit organization started to come back to haunt her.

The entire second season of House of Cards will be available this Friday, Feb. 14, on Netflix. So here's a quick reminder of where the main characters were at the end of season one, and some thoughts about where they could be headed in season two:

FRANK UNDERWOOD

Played by Kevin Spacey

Where he left off: Through much behind-the-scenes manipulating, Frank had just been offered the vacant vice-presidency. Frank accepted with his usual fake humility – well, the audience knows it to be fake, even if the president doesn't.

What might the future hold? While Frank's public life is about to get a big boost, dogged reporters are starting to piece together how he got there. Frank is the epitome of “hunt or be hunted,” and we know which he prefers. But did he go too far? And will he go even further?

CLAIRE UNDERWOOD

Played by Robin Wright

Where she left off: Claire was being sued for wrongful dismissal by Gillian Cole, played by Sandrine Holt, a former colleague at the non-profit organization. Gillian would rather go to trial and gain the public stage to say what she wants than accept a financial settlement. Meanwhile, suddenly stricken by the thought of legacy, Claire – without Frank's knowledge – talked to her doctor about planning a pregnancy.

What might the future hold? The cold-as-winter Claire never really struck me as the motherly type. Regardless, her priorities will have to change as the wife of the vice-president.

ZOE BARNES

Played by Kate Mara

LUCAS GOODWIN

Played by Sebastian Arcelus

JANINE SKORSKY

Played by Constance Zimmer

Where they left off: This trio of reporters had formed a sort of unofficial “Scooby Doo” alliance, as they came to suspect that Frank is way dirtier than what they know. And let's face it, Zoe – who simultaneously gives reporters both a good name and a bad name – already has seen quite a bit.

What might the future hold? They have the truth on their side, but this gang is in way over its head with a shark such as Frank. Either collectively or individually, do they have the stomach to keep going?

U.S. PRESIDENT GARRETT WALKER

Played by Michael Gill

RAYMOND TUSK

Played by Gerald McRaney

Where they left off: They're old buddies, but the president's plan to make Tusk the VP was scuttled by Frank. Tusk knows that, but the president doesn't.

What might the future hold? Frank still is gunning for both. Keep your heads up, guys. Hell hath no fury like an Underwood scorned.

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