It was once the fêted darling of Netflix and, in many ways, set the standard for gripping, high-quality internet streaming TV. But, in a scandal as dark as anything that ever made it into the show, House of Card’s most important star Kevin Spacey was caught up in a maelstrom of sexual assault allegations before being fired in disgrace – and the situation wasn’t helped by his ‘apology’ which was roundly condemned.
Spacey’s downfall, just one domino in the #MeToo revolution, left the show’s future up in the air.
But, in a clever move, execs decided to carry on for one final season, this time focusing chiefly on Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.
Having said that, season 6 has been reduced from 13 episodes to eight, with two whole episodes filmed with Spacey scrapped entirely.
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Now, Netflix has released two intriguing images from the upcoming season. Along with the pics, a spokesperson said in a statement: “Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Robin Wright returns as President of the United States in the sixth and final season of the award-winning landmark series House of Cards. #MyTurn”
That final hashtag could turn out be very deceptively important; does its resemblance to the famous #MeToo hashtag mean this final season will tackle sexual assault and harassment - or even directly address Spacey’s own history? We shall see.
In the first image, Claire is dressed in black and looks typically steely:
And in the second, behind-the-scenes snap she’s hard at work leading the country:
Joining the cast this season are Academy Award nominees Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as well as Cody Fern.
Season 6 of House of Cards will hit Netflix this autumn.
(Images: Netflix / House of Cards)