Netflix has officially announced that House of Cards will continue to move forward without actor Kevin Spacey. Production is expected to start in early 2018 with a shorter season than normal that will focus on Robin Wright with Claire Underwood now the lead character. Producers are currently looking for ways to move on without Spacey, which may involve killing off his character, Frank Underwood. The upcoming 6th Season of the hit Netflix show will officially be its last containing only 8 episodes as opposed to the normal 13 for the season.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix made the announcement this morning and said, "we're excited to bring closure to the fans." Production was underway when it was revealed that Kevin Spacey had been accused of sexual misconduct by Anthony Rapp when he was 14-years old. More accusations began to snowball after Rapp came forward, which led to Spacey first being suspended and then fired from House of Cards and later Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The fate of House of Cards has been in limbo ever since the allegations came to light and after Kevin Spacey's firing.
Netflix and Producers of the show have decided to carry forward and keep the cast and crew of over 300 people on the payroll as they did nothing wrong. They deserve to have the show keep going as well, to keep their jobs as promised. It has been reported that Kevin Spacey made the work environment "toxic" and that he was sexually inappropriate with young male members of the cast and crew. Variety reports that it will be pretty easy to write Spacey out of the show and that writers are even considering killing him off as one of their options. One thing that is abundantly clear is that Robin Wright will lead the show into its 6th and final season.
The news comes after Anthony Rapp revealed that House of Cards fans have been trolling him online for "ruining" the show. Fans of Kevin Spacey and the show have been tweeting at the actor, asking him why he was alone with the elder actor to begin with, insinuating that the then 14-year old was "asking for it." Fans have also been asking why he waited 30 years to come forward and have straight-up blamed him for wrecking House of Cards.
The only person responsible for Kevin Spacey allegedly harassing dozens of men and trying to assault a teenager is Kevin Spacey. Therefore, the only person responsible for House of Cards getting shut down, as a result of Kevin Spacey being an alleged serial predator, is Kevin Spacey. Who knows, there's a lot to explore for the show and it might be better without Spacey in it. We know that it will allegedly be a better work environment for the cast and crew as well as keeping them with a steady gig. You can read more about the 6th and final season of House of Cards moving on without Kevin Spacey via Variety.