After weighing up its options over several weeks – while continuing to pay everyone involved – Netflix has come to an agreement with the House of Cards team. Accused by a number of men of sexual assault and harassment, Kevin Spacey will not be taking part in the final season.
But instead of cancelling the series outright, which is said to employ over 2,000 people, the platform has decided the show will go on with Robin Wright at the helm.
One of Netflix' first original series, alongside Orange is the New Black, the show has seen the steady rise of Wright's character over five seasons. At the end of the last season Claire became president after Frank resigned in disgrace, in a weird echo to real life.
Considering the current climate in Hollywood and the lack of equality that still reigns, we're excited to see a female lead take over the leading role – even though she has been the true star for a while now.
"We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans," said chief content officer Ted Sarandos of the news.
The final season will, however, be shorter than previous ones counting just eight episodes compared to the usual thirteen. Of course this long hiatus has held up work in the writer's room but we trust the team to find a good explanation as to Frank Underwood's sudden disappearance.