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While a minor character compared to those played by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, the president of the United States is still at the top of this Washington power structure.(Getty Images)
While a minor character compared to those played by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, the president of the United States is still at the top of this Washington power structure.

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The shows main character has moved up the ladder quickly, going from House majority whip all the way to vice president in just one season. He has shown he will do anything to get ahead, whether its rounding up votes, leaking to the press or splattering blood on his hands.(AP Images)
The show's main character has moved up the ladder quickly, going from House majority whip all the way to vice president in just one season.

He has shown he will do anything to get ahead, whether it's rounding up votes, leaking to the press or splattering blood on his hands.

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Claire is not only the head of a large nonprofit environmental organization, but she is also clearly pulling the strings as Frank Underwoods Lady Macbeth. After actress Robin Wrights Golden Globes win, her character will continue to rise as arguably the most important in the entire show, potentially timed with a real-life Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.(AP Images)
Claire is not only the head of a large nonprofit environmental organization, but she is also clearly pulling the strings as Frank Underwood's Lady Macbeth.

After actress Robin Wright's Golden Globes win, her character will continue to rise as arguably the most important in the entire show, potentially timed with a real-life Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.

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The multibillionaire from St. Louis appeared in few episodes of Season 1, but his influence is unmistakable. In the two most recent episodes, we learned that it was Raymond who prevented Frank from rising in the political ranks early in the season. Then, it was only by his blessing that Frank was named vice president. He clearly has some major pull with the president.(YouTube)
The multibillionaire from St. Louis appeared in few episodes of Season 1, but his influence is unmistakable.

In the two most recent episodes, we learned that it was Raymond who prevented Frank from rising in the political ranks early in the season.

Then, it was only by his blessing that Frank was named vice president. He clearly has some major pull with the president.

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Peter Russos fast-living congressman was one of the most compelling characters of season 1. His demise will hang largely over season 2, and I have a sneaky suspicion that his legacy will live on through his hometown blue-collar buddy Paul Capra. Note that his name is Capra, as in Frank Capra, as in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the everyman who comes in to clean up Washington with populist appeal.(AP Images)
Peter Russo's fast-living congressman was one of the most compelling characters of season 1. His demise will hang largely over season 2, and I have a sneaky suspicion that his legacy will live on through his hometown blue-collar buddy Paul Capra.

Note that his name is "Capra," as in Frank Capra, as in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," the everyman who comes in to clean up Washington with populist appeal.

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Zoe Barns, pictured right, has quickly grown into one of the most powerful non-political figures in the show, from her love affair with Frank Underwood to her meteoric rise as a journalist at both The Washington Herald and Slugline.If All the Presidents Men showed us anything, its that Zoe has the potential to bring down anyone, particularly as she investigates Peter Russos demise. It would be as if Bob Woodward had a romantic past with President Nixon. Follow the money ... and the lust.(AP Images)
Zoe Barns, pictured right, has quickly grown into one of the most powerful non-political figures in the show, from her love affair with Frank Underwood to her meteoric rise as a journalist at both The Washington Herald and Slugline.

If "All the President's Men" showed us anything, it's that Zoe has the potential to bring down anyone, particularly as she investigates Peter Russo's demise.

It would be as if Bob Woodward had a romantic past with President Nixon. Follow the money ... and the lust.

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While he only appeared in half the episodes of season 1, Bob Birch remains heavily influential as the Speaker of the House.(YouTube)
While he only appeared in half the episodes of season 1, Bob Birch remains heavily influential as the Speaker of the House.

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White House chief of staff. Enough said.(YouTube)
White House chief of staff. Enough said.

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Catherine wasnt the presidents first pick for secretary of state. She got the job after Frank Underwood sabotaged the first candidate for the job, Sen. Michael Kern. But no matter how she got the gig, she remains secretary of state.(YouTube)
Catherine wasn't the president's first pick for secretary of state. She got the job after Frank Underwood sabotaged the first candidate for the job, Sen. Michael Kern. But no matter how she got the gig, she remains secretary of state.

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As Frank Underwood continues to rise, Doug Stamper continues to gain influence as Franks chief of staff. He also showed a willingness to hush an important secret in Episode 7 when he finds housing for Peter Russos prostitute.(AP Images)
As Frank Underwood continues to rise, Doug Stamper continues to gain influence as Frank's chief of staff.

He also showed a willingness to hush an important secret in Episode 7 when he finds housing for Peter Russo's prostitute.

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The natural gas lobbyist and Frank Underwoods former press secretary is proving quite influential. He convinced Claire Underwood to backstab her husband, allowing her to move a cargo of water supplies in exchange for killing a Peter Russo bill. His loyalties are now with Raymond Tusk.(YouTube)
The natural gas lobbyist and Frank Underwood's former press secretary is proving quite influential.

He convinced Claire Underwood to backstab her husband, allowing her to move a cargo of water supplies in exchange for killing a Peter Russo bill. His loyalties are now with Raymond Tusk.

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As editor of The Washington Herald, Lucas remains a key player in town. Hes also shown feelings for Zoe Burns, which can only mean broken hearts could play as big a factor as breaking news.(YouTube)
As editor of The Washington Herald, Lucas remains a key player in town. He's also shown feelings for Zoe Burns, which can only mean broken hearts could play as big a factor as breaking news.

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Janine has a journalists intuition when it comes to smelling something fishy. She was most suspicious of Zoe Burns rise to journalistic stardom and, most recently, has teamed up with Zoe to investigate Peter Russos decline.(AP Images)
Janine has a journalist's intuition when it comes to smelling something fishy. She was most suspicious of Zoe Burns' rise to journalistic stardom and, most recently, has teamed up with Zoe to investigate Peter Russo's decline.

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As Peter Russos former secretary and lover, she has the most at stake for leaking his untimely demise.(YouTube)
As Peter Russo's former secretary and lover, she has the most at stake for leaking his untimely demise.

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Download the entire season starting Feb. 14 on Netflix.
Download the entire season starting Feb. 14 on Netflix.
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