After months of anticipation and mixed signals from Netflix, Robin Wright is finally getting the farewell showcase she deserves. And, naturally, she'll be the HBIC.
House of Cards will officially resume production on its sixth and final season Wednesday, with Wright receiving top billing as Claire Underwood, the maniacal and chilly wife of ex-president Frank Underwood. Specifically, Deadline reports that while the eight-episode season has yet to secure an airdate on Netflix, the writers' room was able to successfully craft a narrative focusing entirely on Wright's character mere months after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Kevin Spacey — eight of which emerged from the House of Cards set — came into the public consciousness. Spacey will be written out of the series entirely, and although it's not confirmed, it's reportedly likely his character will be killed off, owing to the fact that the original British novel the series is loosely based on concludes with the death of its own main character.
In addition to Wright gunning for a possible Emmy campaign, she'll be joined by two new faces on the drama: acting veterans Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. While the exact nature of their roles is being kept under wraps, we do know they'll be playing siblings who somehow become intertwined with Underwood as she rules over Washington, D.C., with an iron fist.
While Wright has chosen not to comment on Spacey's removal from the show or the allegations against him, she has been open about her struggles to receive equal pay to her male counterpart. While she initially demanded Netflix give her pay parity with Spacey — "you better pay me or I’m going to go public" — she later admitted that the streaming service, unbelievably, still wasn't moved enough to raise her salary. “I don’t think I’m getting paid the same amount,” Wright explained. “They told me I was getting a raise. But…I don’t think so…I really don’t like being duped. Nobody does. It’s such a male-dominant workforce still. There’s a conditioning. And changing the condition of men is what needs to happen." Hopefully Netflix changes its mind for this season.