Netflix's House of Cards will forever be a historic show. It broke ground as a streaming drama, with an all-star cast lead by the likes of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. It's a method that countless shows and streaming services have followed, although House of Cards also has a dark cloud around its legacy. Spacey was fired from his role as star/producer following a bevy of sexual misconduct allegations, some of which reportedly occurred on the show's set. The series will conclude with its sixth and final season, and a new teaser revealed the show would be killing Francis Underwood off. But how?
Unfortunately, its seems we're not going to be getting that answer anytime soon. In addition to waiting until the season premieres in its entirety on November 2nd, House of Cards evidently won't be give Netflix subscribers the answers right away. Instead, the truth will slowly come out-- at least according to a new report by TV Line.
This newest rumor is certainly intriguing, and sounds like a brilliant way for House of Cards to exist in the shadow of Kevin Spacey's departure-- especially as it also ended Francis Underwood's story prematurely. By making his death a continually developing storyline, it keeps his presence in the show's final season. Furthermore, it allows House of Cards to get ahead of the narrative, and shape the unexpected departure into a purposeful story choice.
House of Cards will also break new ground by focusing on Robin Wright's Claire Underwood, allowing her to be the main narrator in the show's fourth wall breaking moments. This was slowly set up throughout Season 5, with Claire occasionally engaging with the audience. And the season ended with her looking directly into the camera, and proclaiming it was her turn. The seeds have been planted for Wright to emerge as an even larger presence in the show, and now she'll carry House of Cards and the country itself on President Claire Underwood's shoulders.
The future of House of Cards was put into jeopardy when allegations against Kevin Spacey began to flood in. After actor Anthony Rapp alleged the actor assaulted him at the age of 14, more men began to share their experiences-- including crew members from House of Cards. Still very early into filming Season 6, production was shut down indefinitely. Robin Wright reportedly went to bat for the cast and crew, and helped convince Netflix and the producers to finish the show's story. And that's exactly what they did.
All will be revealed when Netflix releases House of Cards' final season in its entirety on November 2nd. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode of your favorite show.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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