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Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards character has been officially killed off

Goodbye, Frank Underwood

The final season of House of Cards is almost here, and Frank Underwood is no longer sitting in the Oval Office. Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, will be in charge – and a new sneak peek from the sixth and final season of the show sees her standing over his grave. Kevin Spacey’s character has officially been killed off, marking an unceremonious end to the part played by the man accused of sexual assault and misconduct.

In an official clip released by Netflix, Claire Underwood is standing in a blue suit, surveying Frank’s grave. The ex-president is buried next to his father, a grave stone he previously pissed on. Her words are powerful and do sound familiar: “I’ll tell you this though Frances, when they bury me it won’t be in my back yard. And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.”

Indeed, Frank delivered the same speech when visiting his father’s grave. There’s no clue or hint as of yet as to how he actually dies.

Kevin Spacey was fired from the political TV show following claims of assault and misconduct – Spacey is being investigated in the UK for six sexual assault claims over 22 years. One of the cases against the actor and previous Old Vic artistic director has been dropped due to the lapse of time. Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to make an allegation, claiming he was 14 when a 26-year-old Spacey made a sexual move on him in 1986.

The final season of House of Cards will include just eight episodes rather than 13 as it has usually done. 

Wright, speaking with Net-a-Porterrecently said the show came “very, very close” to cancellation “because of the climate at that time”.

She said: “The air was thick, you know. Harvey Weinstein... people were (saying), ‘We have to shut everything down or otherwise it will look like we are glorifying and honouring this thing that's dirty’.”

Wright added that finishing off the show properly was respectful for fans and everyone who had worked on it. She was asked about what should happen to Spacey: “I don't know how to comment on that, I really don’t... I believe every human being has the ability to reform. In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.”

House of Cards will drop on Netflix November 2