With Netflix’s “House of Cards” closing in on its fourth-season premiere, two pieces of news surfaced about the hit show. Variety reports that Netflix announced the renewal of the series for a fifth season, which will bow in 2017. At the same time, news broke that creator and showrunner Beau Willimon is leaving the series.
In a statement, Netflix said: “Netflix and 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. 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.”
The streaming service confirmed that Kevin Spacey is attached for season five. The political drama’s fourth season rolls out March 4.
No word on what Willimon plans to do next.