CLEVELAND, Ohio - It's official, Netflix's iconic political drama "House of Cards" will have a sixth and final season starring Robin Wright, the streaming service officially announced Monday.
The future of the show was in doubt after star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting young actors and Netflix removed him from the series.
Spacey plays central character Francis Underwood, a morally ambiguous American politician who isn't above resorting to manipulation, lies, even murder to further his political ends.
Netflix put production of the sixth season on hold after the accusations against Spacey surfaced, and speculation abounded that the show would continue without the legendary actor.
The streaming service confirmed that speculation Monday when it announced that "House of Cards" will conclude with an eight-episode season starring Francis Underwood's equally unscrupulous wife Claire, played by Wright.
The show is a popular, if occasionally controversial, peek into Washington politics through the lens of Francis Underwood, who starts the series as a congressman and eventually works his way into the White House.
Underwood frequently breaks the fourth wall, explaining his motivations to the audience and justifying his actions.
"House of Cards" is based on a British show of the same name which features many of the same quirks, including the central character speaking directly to the audience.
It remains unclear how the series will handle Underwood's disappearance.
The final season will become available sometime in early 2018....Read more