Netflix did the right thing by dumping disgraced star Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards,” now it’s up to the show’s writers to come with the best way to remove Frank Underwood, Spacey’s character, from the storyline. We say, kill the rat.
Netflix also scrapped a Gore Vidal biopic, which was in postproduction, starring and produced by Spacey, who is currently seeking treatment amid multiple allegations that he has made unwanted sexual advances toward men, including “House of Cards” employees.
On Oct. 30, Netflix confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of “House of Cards” would be its last, a decision the streamer said predated the allegations made against Spacey. On Oct. 31, production on the sixth season was suspended indefinitely.
Writing Spacey out of “House of Cards” would not be a stretch, as the Underwood character dies in the Michael Dobbs book that inspired the Netflix series. In recent days, speculation has grown that co-star Robin Wright, who plays Frank’s wife and political partner, Claire, could become the show’s centerpiece.
Additionally, Netflix is mulling potential “House of Cards” spinoffs, one of which would center on Michael Kelly’s loyal sidekick, Doug Stamper.
“House of Cards” has played a huge role in putting Netflix on the map when it comes to original series. Boasting two film stars, Spacey and Wright, as well as an Oscar-nominated director in David Fincher, the drama was a splashy foray into original series when it launched in 2013. The series became Netflix’s first major awards contender, winning three Emmys its first season, including best directing for Fincher, and earning nominations for best drama series, best actor in a drama series and best actress in a drama series.