The second season of the American television drama series House of Cards began filming a set of 13 episodes on April 29, 2013 and concluded on November 8, occurring primarily in Baltimore. On December 4, 2013, Netflix announced that the season would be released in its entirety on February 14, 2014. Set in current day Washington, D.C., season 2 deals with topics such as entitlements, Chinese cyberespionage, anthrax scares, parliamentary procedure, and government shutdowns. It begins at the exact time that season 1 ended.
Critics previewed the first four episodes of the season under non-disclosure agreements that they consented to embargo spoiler content. Reviews began appearing as early as January 31. Many critics who previewed the season noted the first episode as shocking, but withheld the surprises of the four episodes made available for preview. Willa Paskin of Slate broke the embargo nearly a day early revealing several spoilers. Whereas critics had been somewhat split on the propriety of binge-watching season 1, they were more supportive of the practice for season 2.
Early reviews were largely positive. The season was regarded as darker than season 1. Molly Parker was praised as an addition to the cast. Nonetheless, many critics were concerned at the domineering presence of Underwood who appears to have no worthy adversaries. Viewership of season 2 was many times higher than season 1 based on early reviews. Favorable critical acclaim was garnered as the season earned thirteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and three nominations at both the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards. Kevin Spacey won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for playing Frank Underwood in season 2. Season 2 of House of Cards was one of the first shows available in 4K video format on Netflix’ streaming service.
Created by Beau Willimon
House of Cards
by Michael Dobbs and
House of Cards
by Andrew Davies
Theme music composer Jeff Beal
Composer(s) Jeff Beal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English