When season one of “House of Cards” premiered on Netflix February 1st of last year, it arrived with a major filmmaker attached — David Fincher, who made his television directing debut with the first two episodes, and remains attached in the upcoming second season as an executive producer.
Fincher was joined by an impressive array of guest directors on the series — James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), Charles McDougall (“Queer as Folk,” “Sex and the City”), Carl Franklin (“Devil in a Blue Dress,” “Out of Time”), Allen Coulter (“Hollywoodland,” “The Sopranos”) and, hey, Joel Schumacher.
Now Netflix has added director’s commentary from all six episode directors on season one, available as an alternate audio track with each installment. It’s an awfully cool feature, especially in the two Fincher episodes, which find the “Social Network” filmmaker talking in detail both about the scenes on screen and about how the series came together with writer/showrunner Beau Willimon and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and the rest of the cast. Among other things, Fincher shares what he said during the first read-through, when he greeted the group of actors, including those he’d worked with before and ones he hadn’t.
I walked in and I got to say the thing I’ve always wanted to say to a cast, which is “Every single person in this room represents our first choice, so don’t fuck this up. Cause if you do, I will never forgive you.”
Season two of “House of Cards” will premiere in its 13-episode whole on Friday, February 14,