Netflix has released the first trailer for House of Cards season 6, offering a look at Washington life after Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Not that long ago, Netflix's original flagship drama House of Cards was known only for drawing lots of critical acclaim, featuring award-worthy performances, and generating lots of "water cooler" talk via its many shocking twists and turns. Unfortunately, that smooth ride came to an end last fall, thanks to the heinous alleged actions of former lead actor Kevin Spacey.
One of the most high profile casualties of the ongoing #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, Spacey was first accused by current Star Trek: Discovery cast member Anthony Rapp of making unwanted sexual advances toward him when Rapp was just 14 years old. From there, the floodgates opened, with dozens more accusations of sexual misconduct emerging against Spacey from those that had worked with him over his long career, including members of House of Cards' own crew. At that point, the writing was on the wall: If House of Cards was going to continue, it would have to do so without Kevin Spacey.
During tonight's 2018 Oscars ceremony, Netflix revealed fans' first look at House of Cards' post-Frank future, via a new trailer for the series' sixth and final season. Former First Lady and now President of the U.S. Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is now the sole lead character, and Frank being gone clearly hasn't dulled her thirst for power. Check the full trailer out above.
While Claire certainly looks up to the task of carrying House of Cards to its finale - and Robin Wright is definitely an actress capable of doing so - it won't be until season 6 arrives on Netflix that fans will truly get to know if the show "works" without Frank. Some TV shows just depend on certain characters to fully function, such as The X-Files. When Mulder was gone for most of seasons 8 and 9, the show suffered dramatically. One presumes the same will likely happen if Chris Carter and FOX decide to do a season 12 without Scully.
As great a character as Claire is - and as more and more focal as she's become over the course of House of Cards' run - Frank was almost always the straw that stirred House of Cards' drink, and the transition away from him may well prove jarring to fans. At the time same, Spacey's personal issues left producers with no alternative but to fire him and try to wrap up the popular series as best they could. Only time will tell if a Claire-centered Cards proves quite as compelling, but there's no doubt that Robin Wright will give the final season her all.
House of Cards season 6 has no current premiere date.