The fate of Netflix series House of Cards has been up in the air following the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey which saw the streaming service - as well as publicist and talent agency - cut ties with the actor, reported The Independent.
Spacey was sacked from the series and the production for season 6 was promptly suspended after a string of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against the actor emerged.
Netflix and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon quickly reacted to the allegations, with Willimon calling the allegations "deeply troubling", and Netflix announcing that the sixth season of House of Cards - which was already in production at the time - would be the show's last.
Neither of the co-showrunners, Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, have issued any public statements regarding the future of the series.
The decision is expected to be made within a fortnight as many crew members will have contractual obligations to work on other shows. According to CNN Money, sources close to House of Cards say that its unlikely the show will be canceled, and that writers are instead conceiving ideas of how to rewrite the show without Spacey's cutthroat, corrupt President Francis J. Underwood. In the British series that House of Cards was based upon, Francis Urquhart - the equivalent to Spacey's character - was shot and killed.
If the show is taken in this direction, it would mean that Robin Wright who play's Frank's wife "Claire Underwood" would play a more important part in the show. While that does look likely to occur, one wonders if season 6's previously planned May 2018 wrap date will need to be delayed, which could potentially cost all companies involved a good deal of money.
In the meantime, House Of Cards now has over 2,000 members of the cast and crew waiting to hear the final verdict.