House of Cards has already been renewed for season 5 before season 4 even debuts but the man responsible for creating the series is leaving…
It was a good news and bad news kind of day for House of Cards on Thursday.
The political drama from Netflix was officially renewed for season 5 ahead of House of Cards season 4, which will debut on the subscription service on March 4 with all 13 episodes premiering that day. With the presidential race heating up, March will be a prime time to see what Frank Underwood has up his sleeve next.
As far as the bad news goes, on the same day the show was renewed, House of Cards show runner and creator Beau Willimon announced that he will not return for season 5 and the upcoming season was his last with the show.
“After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors,” Willimon said in a statement. “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.”
It will be interesting to see what direction House of Cards goes in with Willimon no longer at the helm. Under his direction, House of Cards has been one of the most critically and commercially beloved series on television and has been a staple of original programming at Netflix.
There’s no word yet on who will take over for House of Cards seaosn 5, but the show will start filming later this year and Netflix will name a new show runner by then.
House of Cards returns to Netflix on March 4.