Just a little over a month ahead of its fourth season premiere, Netflix has renewed its cynical political drama “House of Cards” for a fifth season. The show’s lead star, Kevin Spacey, has been confirmed to be returning for the fifth season as well, with it set to make its debut sometime in 2017.
Accompanying the announcement, Netflix revealed that the series’ showrunner and creator, Beau Willimon, will be departing the show after the upcoming fourth season.
“Netflix and [producer] 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 says 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.”
“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. 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.”
The fourth season of “House of Cards” will premiere on March 4.