house of cards

A Netflix executive today disclosed that the “House of Cards” will return for a sixth and final season, brightening the holiday season for about 2,000 people who are either directly or indirectly economically tied to the program.

Following allegations of sexual abuse lodged against Kevin Spacey, who plays HoC's lead character Frank Underwood, the streaming giant suspended production of the program on Oct. 31

That suspension irritated many fans who believed the show could carry on with Robin Wright, who plays the role of Underwood’s wife, Claire.

After all, Claire is as ruthless and power-hungry as Frank.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, made HoC’s return official today, telling the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York his company is excited to “bring closure to fans.”

HoC will return early next year for a shortened season of eight episodes, compared to the 13 shows of previous seasons.

The program is well positioned for a fresh beginning as season five ended with Frank Underwood resigning from the presidency and Claire moving up from VP to the villian-in-chief slot

HoC is what put Netflix on the original programming map. It’s a bit ironic that Wright is wrapping up such as important program for media company. 

She had battled Netflix to get the same pay as Spacey.

Wright told a 2016 Rockefeller Foundation event about her pay inequality squabble with Netflix.  "I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time,”  according the Huffington Post of May 18, 2006, which covered Wright’s session. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, 'You better pay me or I’m going to go public. And they did."

Claire will now be in the spotlight. Good job, Netflix. Enjoy the show, HoC fans.