Paul Sparks
Paul Sparks plays author Thomas Yates in the Netflix series “House of Cards.” In this photo, the actor arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 18, 2016. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Paul Sparks made a splash in “House of Cards” Season 3 as writer Thomas Yates, and he continued to make the storyline interesting in Season 4 when he started an affair with Claire Underwood (Robin Wright).

When writer and actor Michael Ausiello from TV Line was asked if he’ll return this Season 5, Ausiello answered affirmatively. “You can probably imagine how excited I am to confirm to you right here in Ask Ausiello that Sparks will indeed be back in Season 5,” he said.

Ausiello called Sparks an “underrated actor” who deserves more recognition, so it’s a good thing he’ll get more opportunities to accomplish this next season when he reprises his role as Yates.

For those who are unfamiliar with the character, Yates is an award-winning writer who was first hired by President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) to write a book detailing the philosophical thoughts behind the program called America Works.

Yates is the author of “Scorpio,” which is based on stories told by older men of their secrets and indiscretions. The author is obsessed with these stories and even develops the same obsession with Underwood. They almost started a homosexual relationship, but it did not progress further.

Meanwhile, Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott have also booked “major roles” next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While details of their roles are still being kept a secret for now, it has already been confirmed that they will both be featured heavily in the new season.

Their castings are the first additions made by new showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson, who joined the series as senior writers in Season 3. They have taken over the reins from show creator Beau Willimon, who exited the show back in 2016.

“House of Cards” Season 5 will premiere on Netflix on May 30, 2017.