Good news for 'House of Cards' fans (bad news for Kevin Spacey)
According to The Hollywood Reporter House of Cards will be returning to Netflix without star, Kevin Spacey. The script to season 6 has been re-written to exclude Spacey's character Frank Underwood, shifting the focus to Robin Wright's character Claire Underwood who has been a series regular since the series inception in 2013.
House of Cards ceased production of its sixth season following sexual harassment allegations made against Spacey in October this year. Actor Anthony Rapp accused the House of Cards star of sexual assaulting him when he was fourteen years-old.
"MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew," Netflix and the production company Media Rights Capital said at the time in a joint statement.
Following Rapp's statement, more allegations against Spacey began to emerge from several crew members who worked on House of Cards causing Netflix to publicly and officially break ties with the actor.
Production had been pushed back again in November this year as Netflix worked on finding a solution, and now we have an answer; House of Cards will return for one final eight-episode season with Wright at the forefront. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show had initially planned and almost entirely written 18 episodes before the allegations against Spacey surfaced. "We are excited to bring closure to fans," Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
Moving to focus to Claire Underwood could in actuality be quite seamless. Season 5, which aired earlier this year ended with Frank Underwood stepping down as President and Claire assuming the role. On live television Frank asks Claire to pardon his past actions to which she refuses. When Frank later calls in fury seeking an explanation, Claire looks square into the camera and says, "My turn." Now it really is her turn.
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