Contrary to previous speculations, Netflix’s “House of Cards” will be continuing with a fifth season. However, showrunner Beau Willimon will no longer be joining the show after the curtains close for season 4.
“Concurrent with the renewal, creator and showrunner Beau Willimon is departing the critically acclaimed series,” Netflix said in an official statement released last Thursday. “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. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”
Willimon, most notable for his work in “Ides of March” before David Fincher called him on board to be the principal writer and showrunner of the series, had been mostly relaxed in terms of how the directors of the show want to tackle the episodes.
“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,” Willimon wrote in an official statement. “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.”
Despite what seems to be an amicable separation, Deadline speculated that the reason the showrunner is leaving the award winning show is not his own. A rumored internal problem within the series production is said to have caused Netflix to pick a new person to run the show.
The news came out just after Kevin Spacey’s SAG (Screen Actors Guild) win over the weekend and a month before season 4 of the political thriller debuts in Netflix.