For years now “House of Cards,” available only on Netflix, has been one of the most popular shows around. Every season has been highly anticipated, with millions of viewers anxious to see what would come next in the political drama.
The show is heading into its sixth season and it’s safe to say this one carries plenty of intrigue. The way the previous season ended would have been reason enough, with Claire Underwood (played by Robin Wright) assuming the role of president while her husband Frank (Kevin Spacey) was left on the outside, bitter and angry.
But as fans of the show know Spacey, who played one of the central and most compelling characters in the show, was accused of sexually harassing and assaulting young men. That led to, among other things, Netflix cutting ties with him and therefore removing him from the series altogether.
There will be one final season
Back in October 2017, it was announced that “House of Cards” would have a sixth season, but not long after is when the accusations against Spacey surfaced. Within hours of the allegations from actor Anthony Rapp coming to light, Netflix had to announce that the sixth season would be the show’s last.
And now we know when that season will hit the streaming service, as Netflix announced it will arrive on November 2. The season will run eight episodes, each about an hour in length.
No doubt Season 6 will be viewed through a bit of a different lens. That is always the case when a show is heading into its final season, but will be especially true with everything else that has surrounded this one. It will also be interesting to see how the writers remove Spacey’s character in a way that seems more organic than forced.
Sure, the direction the show seemed to be taking prior to Spacey being removed hinted at a nearing conclusion, but it’s tough to imagine this would have been it had it not been for the star’s issues. Yet, it was also nearly impossible to imagine many more seasons without one of the pivotal characters.
And thus will end one of the most successful shows in Netflix history
Based off a BBC miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version of House of Cards debuted on February 1, 2013. It was met with great reviews, and earned 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Spacey), Outstanding Lead Actress (Wright).
It also received eight Golden Globe nominations, with Wright winning for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2014 and Spacey earning Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2015.
Earlier this year Netflix said it was their fifth-most “binge watched” show (finishing a minimum of one season within a week of starting it), and it’s likely you know at least one or two people who are big fans.
Can’t wait until November? Some other good stuff made it to Netflix in August
Netflix shuffles its lineup on a monthly basis, keeping the service fresh. August saw the arrival of some notable films such as “Batman Begins” and “Million Dollar Baby,” while “Finding Dory” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” were removed.
For a look at what else came and went this month, tap or click here.