House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon on the D.C. Thriller's Second Season

Conniving politico Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) isn't facing term limits just yet. Days before the release of House of Cards' Season 2 — Netflix will start streaming all 13 episodes on Feb. 14 — the Washington, D.C., thriller secured a third season pickup. Executive producer Beau Willimon recently spoke with TV Guide Magazine on the show's return, how Netflix treats the drama and how he reacted when President Obama declared himself a fan.

TV Guide Magazine: House of Cards could continue for a while. How far have you mapped this into the future?
Beau Willimon: The way I approach each season is, "Let's not keep any great ideas in reserve. Let's use them all." By the time it's the end of the season, we have no more ideas — in some ways, no idea how to keep the show going. We might have some notions of where it can go. Treat every season as though it's your last, don't hold anything back.

TV Guide Magazine: What's the big difference between Seasons 1 and 2?
Willimon: If Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is one of the reasons you liked Season 1, you'll see a lot more of her in Season 2 and learn a lot more about her. There's a core to the show, which you hold on to, but you're looking in every episode and every season for ways to expand and surprise yourself and the audience.

TV Guide Magazine: Is Frank really great at improv, or did he have a plan in place that went remarkably well?
Willimon: I think it's closer to improv. I like to think of politics being much more like jazz than some well-orchestrated fugue. A lot of politics is about reacting to the unexpected and making it work for you. Francis is always thinking two or three steps ahead and hopefully two or three moves ahead of everyone else. But that doesn't mean that the world is going to conform to his plan. Often times, an opportunity is either that or a liability. It can be both.

TV Guide Magazine: Was Peter Russo the moral center in Season 1?
Willimon: It's interesting to think about Peter as a moral center. Here's a guy who's an addict, who neglects his children, who cavorts with prostitutes, who cheats on his girlfriend. It's very easy to want to bifurcate the characters on the show into those that are either likable or morally responsible and those that are not. But whenever we approach these characters, we do it from their point of view. And Francis doesn't see anything evil or wrong in what he's doing.

TV Guide Magazine: In Season 1 you briefly touch on Frank's attraction to a friend from military school. What's the takeaway from the hint that Frank may be bisexual?
Willimon: I hope that you see another layer of this guy. That he is capable of deep affection and, possibly, love. That there was a time before this ascent began where he was a lot more like the rest of us.

TV Guide Magazine: How important is it to keep the storylines timeless and stay away from real topical subjects?
Willimon: The show's not really about politics, it's about power. So I'm interested in the dynamics more than I am the specifics of a policy issue.

TV Guide Magazine: Why February 14?
Willimon: I know. How romantic. Now you don't have to shell out a couple hundred bucks for that candlelit meal. Just order in Chinese and watch.

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I just finished the first two episodes of the new season. My jaw is currently placed on the floor but once I pick it up I will be able to form an appropriate response besides OH. MY. GOD.