House of Cards to return for final season with Claire Underwood as President


Netflix has announced House of Cards will resume filming a shortened season 6 in 2018 and will feature Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood as the President.

After actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct last month, Netflix did the right thing and fired him from House of Cards. Spacey had portrayed President Frank Underwood in Netflix’s political drama for five seasons, previously. Now, it appears as if the streaming service has decided to forward with a shortened season 6 (eight episodes), which will also be the show’s final season.

As far as how House of Cards will proceed without Frank Underwood as the main character, Netflix also announced Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood would become the character in the spotlight, as President of the United States of America.

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Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had this to say about the show’s return:

"We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans."

House of Cards has been credited as the show that put Netflix on the map, and with a loyal fanbase, it only makes sense the streaming giant would want to have closure. In the season 5 finale, Claire Underwood made her own bid for power and convinced her husband to step down as President, making her (the then Vice President) the acting President of the United States.

How will Claire hold onto power? And, how will the House of Cards showrunners write Spacey out of the show? Will he meet an untimely death off-screen, or will the show even address his absence? It would be odd not to at least mention Frank being gone.

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For now, production will resume in 2018, and then the final eight episodes will air sometime after that. Stay tuned.

H/T Variety