After weeks of uncertainty for the House of Cards cast and crew in the wake of sexual harassment allegations levelled at star Kevin Spacey, Netflix has announced that the show will continue for one final eight-episode series without Spacey and with Robin Wright in the lead role.
The streaming service’s content chief Ted Sarandos made the announcement on Monday. “We are excited to bring closure to the fans,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Prior to the latest announcement, Netflix had already made clear that they would not be involved in any future production of House of Cards involving Spacey, leaving the final season – two episodes of which had reportedly already been shot – up in the air.
But the update will actually bring the series a little closer to its source material – Spacey’s character dies in Michael Dobbs’ book.
And the show’s female-forward look was met with great enthusiasm on Twitter:
I’m very gratified to learn that the many folks who’ve been in limbo this past month will in fact have the chance to complete their work that had been interrupted. I wish them all the very best on @HouseofCards Season 6. https://t.co/o4Qh0JzKek