Netflix announced on Monday they will star Robin Wright in the final season of House of Cards. It has also been announced the season will be eight episodes, opposed to the usual 13 episodes.
“We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday. “We’re excited for the 370 people who make ‘House of Cards’ and have done the best work of their lives on that show; for the 2,000 people in Baltimore who have come to depend on that show for their jobs. And so we’re really excited that we were able to come to a good creative conclusion to the show.”
Overall, this appears to be a fantastic move by Netflix for staff and fans alike. The appalling and disappointing news about former lead Kevin Spacey left Netflix with the idea of letting the series go all together. Without spoiling the show, House of Cards would have been left on a forever cliffhanger had they ceased filming of the series all together. With this decision, fans of the show will be able to have a proper ending.
This is also a great move for the staff, as mentioned above it would be a shame for the many people who help create House of Cards should the show have been forced to be over. Film staff works incredibly hard, and they shouldn’t be punished for another mans mistake.
Lastly, Robin Wright. She has been a prime star of the show for many seasons. Many fans believe she was the better lead before this move. She now gets her chance to take over the lead role, and show us more White House power than ever.