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Does Claire Underwood have anyone left in her corner? In the latest official trailer for House of Cards, it appears the answer would be a resounding no. The former FLOTUS, who rose up last season to become president of the United States, is facing off against the world, now that shes in her won seat of power. Not only does the press (bursting with cameos from folks like CNN analyst David Gregory) think shes in over her head, but shes also dealing with opposition from foreign factions, like Russian leader Viktor Petrov, fellow politicians, and rich American business leaders—namely power siblings Annette and Bill Shepherd (played by Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane). The duo is dead set against Claires appointment, doing everything it can to thwart her reputation as a capable leader. And so Claire sets out against both of them, painting them as anti-democracy hounds.

“The American oligarchs out there—they are coming for us,” Claire says at one point in the trailer, clearly referring to the duo. “They are trying to strip me of my constitutional power as your commander in chief.”

Shes also dealing with the ire of former aide Doug Stamper. Now that her husband Frank is dead—a plot twist brought on by Kevin Spaceys sexual misconduct scandal and subsequent expulsion from the industry—she tells Doug its time for the two of them to go their separate ways. Theres too much dirty laundry there, you know? Plus, Doug is something of a control freak, and Claire is, in no uncertain terms, not going to be told what to do anymore by any men. “The first female president of the United States is not gonna keep her mouth shut!” she declares. Doug is . . . not enthused by that idea! So he immediately sets a course for vengeance, taking meetings with journalists like Tom Hammerschmidt, so he can spill the dirt on the current POTUS. This season, the shows last, will also see Claire dealing with some of Franks unfinished business; remember, for example, when he pushed Secretary of State Catherine Durant down the stairs? Shes very much alive and ready to speak.

House of Cards Season 6 hits Netflix on November 2.

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