In the wake of the Kevin Spacey scandal last year, Netflix was set to effectively cancel “House of Cards”. Ultimately though it was the show’s female lead star Robin Wright who saved it.
That’s according to co-star Patricia Clarkson whom appeared on CBS’ “The Talk” this week and told the panel that Wright was the one who lobbied hard to keep it going:
“Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away, some people don’t get paid. We have beautiful showrunners, Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [Gibson], and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show. It’s only eight episodes. … I think it’s going to be a stunning, stunning new season and I’m thankful for it.”
The show was already lining up its sixth season to be its last when the scandal around Spacey broke. In its wake, Netflix ultimately went ahead with a shortened run with Wright’s now President Claire Underwood at the center of the action.
Spacey’s character Frank Underwood was last seen going to prison which makes his absence easier to fit into the narrative. Clarkson debuted on the series midway through the fifth season as a veteran DC politician who becomes a valuable source of information for Claire. Netflix is expected to premiere the final season in the Fall.