Despite Netflix never having officially announced a new season of House of Cards, production for the sixth (and final) season of the hit political drama commenced earlier this autumn.
The finale of Season 5 concluded with newly inaugurated Claire Underwood looking into the camera and famously uttering the words “my turn” after swearing in as President following her husband’s resignation.
The show’s forefront actress and producer Robin Wright, also known as Claire Underwood, confirmed in a recent interview with THR that the crew has big plans to “shock and surprise” their audience in the sixth season of HoC.
But will the sixth season be its last, if it even occurs at all?
Netflix and House of Cards’ studio Media Rights Capital announced on 31 October that “production of the final season of House of Cards is suspended until further notice” so that executives can “review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew”.
With production suspension underway, we still aren’t entirely sure if the sixth season will occur at all. In the meantime, here’s our best predictions of where to watch, what to expect and when you can tune in to House of Cards Season 6.
When is House of Cards Season 6?
Judging from past seasons, Netflix generally launches a new season of House of Cards every 12 to 14 months. Seasons one, two and three were released in February 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. Season four was launched in March of 2016 and season five in May of 2015.
Based on this timeline, we think that the sixth series may drop mid-summer of 2018. But with the production suspension still in place - and no mention of when production will resume - the season premiere date remains unclear.
Executives from Netflix and Media Rights Capital met in Baltimore with the HoC cast - absent of Kevin Spacey - to ensure that they “feel safe and supported” throughout the scandal. The recent suspension could very well impede any predetermined release dates of the final season, but it’s early to say.
Where can you watch it?
As it is a Netflix original, you can stream the sixth season of House of Cards with a subscription to Netflix.
Another option is to download, rent or own episodes from Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft, Fandango Now and Sky - give or take 24 hours after the episode is released.
What can you expect from Season 6?
Season 5 of House of Cards ended with Claire Underwood now in the Oval Office as the first female President of the United States after a disgraceful resignation from Spacey’s character Frank Underwood.
Claire’s power play semi-aligns with the last book of the trilogy series written by Michael Dobbs in which President Francis Urquhart is killed off after his wife arranges an assassination that simultaneously preserves his legacy while preventing his dark secrets from emerging to the public.
Season 5 leaves viewers eager to see how the first female president adapts to her new role and what the nation will look like under her reign. In addition, viewers are wondering what the future outside of the White House holds for Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood - especially in light of Spacey’s real-time sexual assault scandal.
Perhaps Dobb’s ending of assassinating Francis Urquhart by his newly elected wife would fit quite well with Season 6 of the Netflix version, where Claire has already successfully secured the Presidency.
Her next move according to Dobb’s trilogy would be to eliminate her husband Frank Underwood once and for all - in addition to giving the House of Cards production team a quick solution to removing the controversial Kevin Spacey from the series.
We will have to wait and see.
How many episodes will there be?
Traditionally, seasons one through five have had 13 episodes. If all goes as planned, the final season would surely have 13 episodes.
What characters will be back?
We are certain that Season 6 will see a return of the newly elected Claire Underwood (Robin White), in addition to likely featuring a number of Season five’s main characters such as Doug the Stamper (Michael Kelly), Mark Usher (Campbell Scott), Jane Davis (Patricia Clarkson), Thomas Yates (Paul Sparks) and Seth Grayson (Derek Cecil) - to name a few.
The question of the hour is whether or not Kevin Spacey will make an appearance. Despite Spacey’s denying of unconsented sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp, both Netflix and Media Rights Capital are “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and are taking precautionary measures.