The house of cards will fall eventually … just not yet. Ahead of it’s March Season 4 premiere, it was revealed that the critically acclaimed Netflix series, “House of Cards,” has been renewed for a fifth installment. And while we’re excited for Washington D.C.’s unstoppable power couple, Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), to return to the small screen, Season 5 of the political drama will be notably missing a key character: Creator Beau Willimon.
Netflix unveiled the surprising news in a statement.
"Netflix and (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,” the streaming provider stated. “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."
Beau responded back through his reps, revealing that he too is filled with gratitude. “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,” the 38-year-old screenwriter wrote.
So, what’s next for Willimon? Well, he explained that after five years and four seasons of working on “House of Cards” it’s time for him to “move on to new endeavors.” According to IMDb, Willimon is currently working on a TV Mini-Series called “Jack Johnson” — a show focusing on the life of the first African-American world heavyweight champion.
The playwright added in his statement that he’s also “supremely proud” of "House of Cards," which first premiered in 2013. “[I] wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team,” he added.
After the announcement, Willimon took to Twitter to thank someone very special to him: his fans.
Thanks everyone for all the kind words. There's no show without the fans & you're the best fans imaginable. Excited for you all to see S4!
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 29, 2016
“House of Cards” will stream to Netflix on Friday, March 4.