Robin Wright to lead House of Cards season 6
Good news for all the fans of Netflix's flagship series, House of Cards. Despite the Kevin Spacey scandal and rumors that the show might never return, the video-streaming giant announced on Monday that it would resume the production of its finale, season six, in 2018. Unlike all the other 13-episode seasons, the last will have only eight episodes with Robin Wright in the lead.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's executive, on Monday said the company was excited to bring "some closure to the show for fans" and for being "able to come to a good creative conclusion." The announcement resolves the much-talked about uncertainty surrounding the series after its final season's production was suspended in October "to review the current situation and to address any concerns of cast and crew."
Wright plays Claire Underwood on the show, the wife of Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, a politician who eventually becomes the President. From a congressman's wife to first lady and then vice-president, Wright's character has grown tremendously in prominence and power ever since the show premiered in 2013. Season five ends with her wresting power from her disgraced husband to become America's first female president.
Season six will not have Kevin Spacey, who's often credited for much of the show's success but was fired earlier this year after over 20 people accused him of sexual misconduct, with some instances as recent as 2016. Spacey was sacked both by the production studio behind the show and Netflix soon after actor Anthony Rapp first accused him of sexual assault in October.
Spacey hasn't just lost House of Cards over sexual-assault allegations. He has been ousted from several other projects including a Netflix film in which he was starring as Gore Vidal, and the Ridley Scott's movie, All the Money in the World.