It would seem the series was always going to end on its sixth season.
Netflix have confirmed that the currently in-production sixth season of their original series 'House of Cards' will be its last. The news comes after an allegation from 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor Anthony Rapp that the show's lead actor Kevin Spacey attempted to engage in sexual activity with him when he was just 14-years-old. Spacey would have been 26 at the time of the alleged attempted sexual assault.
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as Frank and Claire Underwood in 'House of Cards'
It's worth noting that whilst Spacey says he does not remember the event taking place, he has apologised if it did indeed happen and said that he would blame "deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour".
Netflix's 'House of Cards' first came to the streaming service back in 2013, as an American adaptation of the classic British series of the same name. David Fincher produced the show and brought not only Spacey to the cast, but the brilliant Robin Wright as his on screen wife, Claire Underwood. Whilst many called for Spacey to be fired from the series after the accusations from Rapp landed today, the majority would have liked the show to continue without him, with Wright instead fronting proceedings. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case.
The sixth season is, as mentioned, in the middle of production, with executive producers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese expected to return and bring the series to its ultimate conclusion.
In a joint statement, the show's producer Media Rights Capital and Netflix said they were "deeply troubled" by the news surrounding Spacey.
They continued: "In response to last night's revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time."
The show's creator and former showrunner Beau Willimon added in a separate statement that Rapp's allegations were "deeply troubling", but made sure to add that he "neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behaviour on set or off."
We expect the Spacey story to run for some time, and whilst the announcement that 'House of Cards' would end with season 6 seems very strangely timed, it's looking likely that it has been the plan for the series for some time.
We'll bring you more news on the Kevin Spacey allegations and the final season of 'House of Cards' as and when we get it.