Check Out House Of Cards' First Kevin Spacey-Free First Look At Season 6

Though Netflix currently has more ongoing original series than most TV networks, the company will likely always be most associated with its initial pride and joy, House of Cards. The political drama went through its own behind-the-scenes drama in 2017, when Netflix parted ways with former star Kevin Spacey over the sexual harassment allegations. But things are back on track for Season 6, which is set to be the final round of immoral White House machinations for anyone named Underwood. The episodes are still coming together, but Netflix has revealed our first look at the Spacey-free season, which will debut this fall.

The way the teaser starts off, one might think Bill Clinton's presidential portrait was going to be promoted to a series regular in Season 6, but it was merely a hallway shot. (One doesn't have to do much reading between the lines to find subtext for that, either.) It's a busy day at the White House, with all kinds of well-dressed people milling about, but there's only one room we want to get in, and only one person we need to see. All Robin Wright's new POTUS Claire Underwood gets to say is "We're just getting started," but it's more than enough to get us jazzed up, while also raising our blood pressure back to worrisome levels.

It's not the most complicated promo, that much is clear. But it really doesn't need to be, since there's pretty much one main purpose for the teaser: to make fans overtly aware that when House of Cards goes down for the count, Robin Wright's Claire Underwood will be the one standing atop the wreckage, one corner of her mouth turned up in a wry smile. Just watching her spin around in the chair is nearly cheer-worthy.

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House of Cards suspended production for Season 6 after harassment accusations first started raining down on Kevin Spacey, and though it looked like things might not pick back up again, production resumed with a refreshed storyline and a renewed focus on the cool and calculating Claire. And then the show scooped up a couple of stellar co-stars in Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear, on top of all the returning stars, giving fans even more to look forward to when the shortened Season 6 arrives.

Sadly without the late actor Reg E. Cathey reprising his role as Freddy Hayes, House of Cards will deliver Season 6 to subscribers at some point this fall, so stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, head to our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule and our midseason premiere schedule to see all the new and returning shows that are on the way.

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