Following yesterday’s announcement that the upcoming sixth season of House of Cards would be the last batch of episodes for the Netflix original series, Deadline reports that production on the final season has officially been suspended.
“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” the two companies said in a joint statement.
House of Cards Season 6 was set to arrive in mid-2018 with the final 13 episodes, but it remains to be seen how that timeline will be affected moving forward.
The suspension of production, and announcement of the series’ conclusion, come just days after sexual assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey, first reported by BuzzFeed. Spacey responded to the allegations on Twitter.
The news of the show’s halt in production also arrives less than 24 hours after it was announced Netflix was considering three different House of Cards spin-off series, none of which would include Spacey’s Frances Underwood character. Among the in-development spin-offs is one series about Michael Kelly’s “fixer” character Doug Stamper that has Eric Roth as a writer.
House of Cards first premiered in 2013 as the very first Netflix original series and has since gone on to be nominated for over 50 Primetime Emmy nominations over the years. The series also stars Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.