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The streaming giant announced that the flagship political drama would be coming to an end back in October, following sexual misconduct allegations against its star Kevin Spacey. At the time, actor Adam Rapp had gone public with his account of a sexual assault from 1986—when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was just 14—and in the months since, at least 20 additional people have stepped forward with their own allegations of sexual misconduct against the two-time Oscar winner.
Netflix quickly announced it would be terminating Spacey’s involvement in the series. A social media campaign called for the company not to ditch the high-profile, critically acclaimed show altogether, but to instead promote co-star (and arguably more popular) Robin Wright to the lead role. The company took the feedback in stride, announcing that Wright’s character Claire would be getting a promotion, but it also stated that the sixth season would be the show’s last.
Sunday night, we got a 30-second glimpse at the re-tooled House of Cards, and Claire wants everyone to know that she’s “just getting started.”
We're just getting started. pic.twitter.com/h2XafRynew— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 5, 2018
What exactly she’s getting started on remains to be seen, but Netflix confirmed from its main account that a fan fantasy will be coming true: Claire will ascend to commander-in-chief following her husband’s still-to-be-determined departure.
**** PLEASE STAND BY FOR A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT ****— Netflix US (@netflix) March 5, 2018
The new season premieres fall 2018.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.