Netflix immediately announced that Season 6 would be the show's last, with reports suggesting the streaming service might be considering a House of Cards spin-off to take its place, before confirming that Spacey would be no part of future production for the streaming service.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hiatus extension assures that the crew will receive wage payments until producers make a further determination about the series' future, which will come by Dec. 8.
In an update letter addressed to the cast and crew and obtained by THR, Media Rights Capital's Head of Television Business & Legal Affairs Pauline Micelli wrote, "We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon." She also added, "These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person."
There's no word yet on whether and how the series might return, sans Spacey. The production company intends to keep the crew and a "small contingency of office/accounting staff" on standby in the meantime. "Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us," Micelli's letter notes.