The critically acclaimed Netflix original show, House of Cards, has gotten renewed for a fifth season that will release in 2017. This may come as a bit of a surprise to House of Cards fans considering season four hasn’t even been released, let alone gotten a proper trailer for season four!
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— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 28, 2016
Sadly, showrunner Beau Willimon will not be returning for the fifth season. He issued a statement saying he is grateful for the opportunity and that it is time for him to move on.
“I’m grateful to Netflix and MRC, my fellow executive producers, our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, our talented writers, as well as the incredible cast and crew with whom I’ve had the privilege to work,” he said. “After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors, but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”
Netflix also issued a statement saying they are incredibly grateful for the work Willimon produced. After all, he did pretty much kick off Netflix’s original programming.
“Netflix and [film and television studio] MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons,” Netflix said in a statement. “As an Academy Award-nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”
Lots of people thought (and sort of hoped) that season four would be the final season, most people expected this upcoming season to be the downfall of President Frank Underwood but it would appear that’s not the case. Truthfully, no one wants the political drama to overstay its welcome. Hopefully Netflix will know when to pull the plug on the show so we can remember it fondly rather than the show that went on for too long.
If Netflix decides to continue tradition House of Cards season five will premiere early 2017. Meanwhile, you can House of Cards season four starting March 4th, 2016.