02/12/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
SPOILER ALERT: This post divulges key plot details from season 1 of Netflix’s House of Cards
Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans? Now you do! Netflix’s House of Cards returns for its second season on Feb. 14.
Granted, Francis Underwood’s Washington, D.C., isn’t brimming with the best relationship material, but you’re sure to find someone you’ll love … to hate. Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the rest of the House of Cards cast make the misdeeds of The West Wing look like a Bingo game.
Before binge-watching season 2, catch up on what’s already happened amongst the show’s finest villains. Check out our choices for the most sinful suits in House of Cards, on a scale of bad to worst:
7. Remy Danton
Dirtiest Deed: Protégé no more. Remy betrayed his former employer by convincing Francis’s wife, Claire, to backstab her husband as part of a business transaction.
6. Linda Vasquez
Dirtiest Deed: Vasquez and the President didn’t honor their promise to make Francis the Vice President, which set off his merciless revenge agenda.
5. Zoe Barnes
Dirtiest Deed: Zoe has the bad habit of letting lust take over. Her insatiable thirst to be the next media maven has led her to a married man’s bed and several burned bridges. Journalistic integrity – what’s that?
4. Claire Underwood
Dirtiest Deed: In Claire’s previously mentioned deal with Remy, she chose to take the lobbyist’s offer because of the financial benefits to her company. This self-serving and morally questionable choice sunk an important bill for both Francis and Pete Russo, and it alienated Claire’s pregnant coworker Gillian Cole. (And we’ll never forget her hospital bedside manner with Francis’s former security guard.)
3. Pete Russo
Dirtiest Deed: It’s easy to be blinded by sympathy for Pete, but the former congressman was a man of gluttonous appetites. Pete consistently chose sex, drugs and alcohol over his family, relationship and job.
2. Doug Stamper
Dirtiest Deed: Years under the tutelage of Francis Underwood has made Stamper wise to all of D.C’s dirty tricks, Francis’s included. Stamper knows that his boss played a role in Russo’s death, but allows his loyalty to come first.
1. Francis Underwood
Dirtiest Deed: Every person is a pawn to Francis, but Russo was by far the most abused of the chess set. Francis filled Pete with false hope, lured him back to his vices and eventually murdered the congressman, all for the sake of his own career. Ruthless.
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