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A few weeks ago, Kevin Spacey was outed as a sexual predator as part of the #metoo movement. After the first allegation revealed a pattern of despicable behavior, Netflix shut down production of House of Cards until it could find an appropriate resolution. The problem: how do you definitively end a series that put you on the map?

While House of Cards was going to be outright cancelled, production on the sixth season had already started. Netflix later revealed that the upcoming sixth season will be the last. Presumably the final fate of Francis Underwood (Spacey) has been decided, so Netflix will now resume production that had been on hold since the allegations surfaced. Spacey was dropped from the show as soon as the allegations came to light, so this new season won’t feature him at all (or at least through flashbacks).

The sixth and final season will continue production on December 8th with the season hopefully airing by the spring of next year. Media Rights Capital released a letter through Deadline to crew members explaining the situation:

Dear Cast and Crew,As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17.Thank you all.Pauline Micelli

Is anyone excited that House of Cards will be back?

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