UPDATED: In her first TCA executive session today, Netflix’s VP original programming Cindy Holland was not ready to announce a premiere date for the sixth and final season of its first homegrown original scripted series, House Of Cards. But, because of the timing of the Washington D.C,-set drama, speculation is mounting that it would bow out around the November election.
Holland did address the show’s swan song with Robin Wright as the sole lead. “We’re really proud of the show, and it’s a fitting end,” he said. “We always planned for Season 6 to be the final season, and we are proud of the work Robin, the cast and crew have done.”
House Of Cards was embroiled in controversy last fall when original star Kevin Spacey faced a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, which led to his dismissal and the show taking a lengthy hiatus to reconfigure a sixth season without him.
At the end of Season 5, Spacey’s Frank Underwood resigned as President with wife Claire (Wright) stepping into the Commander-in-Chief role. Will the show address his fate and reference him next season?
“You’ll find out when you watch the show with respect to Frank,” Holland told Deadline.
While she would not reveal any details about the premise of House of Card‘s final season, Holland did share a personal story of her visit, along two other Netflix executives, to the series’ Baltimore set for its final day of shooting.
“I can tell you that it was very emotional for a lot of us, me included, to be at the table read for the season,” she said. “Ted (Sarandos), Peter Frielander and I went to Baltimore for the very last day of shooting which was also when they were filming the last scene of the last season, and Robin Wright was directing . It was really powerful and kind of beautiful to see because there is this family that has been build of the cast and crew in Baltimore over six years.
People had gotten married, people had gotten children, people had sent their kids to college. There was a young woman who had graduated from high school that night and was still in her graduation gown, her father was on the crew so they came. We had a little party in the oval office at the end of the night, and it was really pretty touching and emotional and powerful.
This a series that has been such an important part and always will be an important part of Netflix’s history and I’m really glad that we were able to provide real closure for it.”
The abbreviated eight-episode final season of House Of Cards includes major cast additions Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear and Cody Fern. They join returning cast members Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver.