'House of Cards' to finish final season without Kevin Spacey

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'House of Cards' to finish final season without Kevin Spacey

No word yet on how Spacey's Frank Underwood will get the boot, but last month, Variety reported that producers were thinking of killing off his character.

Season six is set to focus on Spacey's co-star Robin Wright's character.

This morning's announcement follows news that the show halted production and ultimately severed ties with Spacey, after the actor was the latest in a long line of high-profile men to become the subject of sexual misconduct allegations. The initial allegations were made by actor Anthony Rapp, who recounted Spacey making unwanted moves on him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.

With production commencing early next year, we'll have to wait until later in 2018 to find out how Netflix decides to end the series without Spacey's involvement.

Spacey said he had no memory of the alleged incident but apologised to Rapp for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour". Many others have since come out against Spacey, and Netflix has been quick to distance themselves from the actor.

This pivot isn't just the show's way of moving past the Spacey scandal-it's also a logical step House of Cards should have taken seasons ago.

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.

"House of Cards", which debuted in 2013, was Netflix's first original, self-commissioned series. Eric Roth - chief writer for House Of Cards' first four seasons - has been attached to the project.

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