House of Cards' final season is going to look very different than what you're used to.
In the wake of several accusations that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted or harassed members of the House of Cards production staff, Netflix shut down production on the final season to investigate. A total of eight former and current workers on the show came forward with complaints against Spacey, who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Now it appears Netflix may be going so far as to write Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood out of the show all together. House of Cards' production has been delayed another two weeks, and a source told The Hollywood Reporter, "They shut it down to figure out how to write him out." That's drastic measures considering he's the star of the show.
[UPDATE] Netflix has since released a statement confirming that Spacey will no longer be part of the show. In fact, it seems like they're cutting ties all together: "Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey," says a Netflix spokesperson. "We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey."
Two episodes of House of Cards have reportedly wrapped production already, and the season had been almost completely written by the time Anthony Rapp came out with the first accusation against Spacey. That doesn't leave a whole lot of wiggle room to navigate as far as story changes are concerned, but if Netflix is putting its money where its mouth is, the only way they could feasibly get rid of Spacey for the majority of the season would be to kill him off. Right?