'House of Cards' Final Season Will Continue Without Kevin Spacey

'House of Cards' Final Season Will Continue Without Kevin Spacey

Work on an eight-episode sixth season, the show's last, starring Robin Wright but without Spacey's character Frank Underwood, is set to begin early in the year.

"We are excited to bring closure to fans", Sarandos said at a USB conference Monday morning.

Last month, Netflix stopped production of House of Cards' sixth season and severed its relationship with Spacey after several people - including Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp - accused the Oscar victor of sexual misconduct.

Instead, the season will focus on Claire Underwood (Wright), Frank's partner in crime.

Sarandos says production will not continue until next year, probably to get scripts finalised.

Kevin Spacey attends the "House Of Cards" Season 4 Premiere in Washington, DC on February 22, 2016.

"House of Cards" producer Media Rights Capital also suspended the actor last month. It was considered likely that Spacey would be written out of the show.

Netflix previously announced it "will not be involved with any further production of House Of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey" after initial allegations were made about him by actor Anthony Rapp.

The final season was originally billed as 13 episodes, with production already having been completed on the initial two at the time Spacey's scandal ignited.

House of Cards was too big of a hit to simply bail out on it, so the team has clearly had to make adjustments.

Spacey issued a statement claiming he did not recall the alleged incident with Rapp, but he apologized for what he said would have been "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior".

House of Cards was Netflix's first original series order. In its first five seasons, it nabbed 46 Emmy nominations and six wins.

It will not feature its star, Kevin Spacey, who was sacked by the company following sexual harassment and assault allegations in October.

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