We already had a good idea that the final season of House of Cards would conclude without Kevin Spacey being involved after production was suspended back in October. Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, has confirmed that Netflix will resume production next year on what was one of its flagship shows.
Netflix will start production on last season of House of Cards next year. Will be a “good creative conclusion” says content boss Ted Sarandos.
— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) December 4, 2017
Interestingly enough, Sarandos mentions they will “start production,” so it begs to assume that whatever production had been underway and/or completed has been scrapped. Variety also reports that the final sixth season will be 8 episodes instead of the usual 13 and will, of course, star Robin Wright as Claire Underwood.
“We were really excited we could get to an agreement… for the conclusion of the show,” said Sarandos, speaking Monday at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
Time for minor spoiler alerts! Even though it seemed that Spacey, a.k.a. Frank Underwood, was on his way out over the course of the last season, it will be interesting to see how the show writes him out without him being involved in the show at all. While it seems plausible they could kill him off — always a Hollywood favourite for getting rid of someone — it was looking like there would be a much more dramatic “implosion” of his character.
With production commencing early next year, we’ll have to wait until later in 2018 to find out how Netflix decides to end the series without Spacey’s involvement.Source: Variety