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A month after series former-star Kevin Spacey was sacked comes word on what House of Cards fans can expect next: the sixth and final season will premiere on Netflix in 2018.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the UBS 45th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in NY that the sixth season would be shortened to eight episodes instead of the usual 13.

The final season of the political drama will star Robin Wright and will run a total of eight episodes, Sarandos confirmed. In light of Spacey's sexual harassment scandal, his character on the series will likely suffer an off-screen death, and the storyline will be altered to focus on Robin Wright's Claire Underwood.

House of Cards season 6 is still going to happen on Netflix; however, it's not going to be anywhere near as substantial as it was first planned.

Filming had already begun on season six of House of Cards when the allegations against Kevin Spacey emerged.

Wright plays the wife of Spacey's scheming politician character Frank Underwood on the show. Up until this point, each season of the popular drama has run 13-episodes.


House of Cards without Spacey is just the latest workaround directors and production companies have had to come up with since allegations against the actor came out over the past few weeks.

A representative for Spacey did not respond to a request for comment.

In November, Netflix said it wouldn't be involved with the series if Spacey remained.

It is not known when the final season will air nor what the current status of any spin-off might be.

Spacey has been replaced by Christopher Plummer in the Ridley Scott biopic about oil tycoon J Paul Getty.


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