THE ACE CARD

As it heads into its last sea­son with a fe­male Pres­i­dent and no Kevin Spacey, all bets are off with House Of Cards

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For cast and crew, go­ing into the fi­nal sea­son of a long-run­ning show will al­ways be an emo­tion­ally fraught ex­pe­ri­ence. Ac­tors are say­ing good­bye to char­ac­ters they’ve lived with for years, and the pres­sure is sky-high to de­liver a sat­is­fy­ing fi­nal chap­ter. But as pro­duc­tion un­folded on the sixth and fi­nal sea­son of Net­flix’s flag­ship show, House Of Cards, emo­tions were strained for darker rea­sons.

On 30 Oc­to­ber 2017, pro­duc­tion was halted, about two weeks af­ter it had be­gun, when An­thony Rapp pub­licly ac­cused Kevin Spacey, the show’s lead, of mak­ing un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances towards him in 1986, when Rapp was

14. The fol­low­ing day, Net­flix an­nounced that pro­duc­tion on Sea­son 6 would be sus­pended “un­til fur­ther no­tice”.

On 3 No­vem­ber a state­ment came: “Net­flix will not be in­volved with any

The Wright stuff: Robin Wright stars as Pres­i­dent Claire Un­der­wood in the fi­nal sea­son of House Of Cards. Right: Wright on set with di­rec­tor Alik Sakharov.

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