The Netflix hit show House of Cards will have a proper series finale, it just won’t be happening with Kevin Spacey or his character Frank Underwood. Production of the show’s sixth and final season was halted last month after Spacey was fired amidst sexual assault allegations, creating uncertainty about whether Spacey’s scandal would bring down House of Cards permanently.
Fortunately for fans of the show, Netflix announced Monday that production of the show will continue early next year. The final season of House of Cards will be eight episodes long and will shoot without Spacey being involved. The show’s focus will shift more toward Robin Wright and her character Claire Underwood.
At the end of Season 5, Wright’s character had assumed the role of President after Spacey’s character resigned. It remains to be seen how writers of the show will explain Spacey’s absence in the final season. There were reports last month that producers have considered the idea of killing off Spacey’s character.
Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said Monday that he was “really excited we could get to an agreement,” adding that producing a sixth and final season of House of Cards will bring “closure of the show for fans.” Sarandos added that focusing on Wright’s character will help provide the show with a “good creative conclusion.”
When the final season of House of Cards will be completed and available for streaming is unclear at this time. But fans can rest easy knowing they will eventually see the series get a proper ending, even if Spacey won’t be part of it.