In October 2017, Netflix unexpectedly canceled House of Cards as the show was heading into its sixth season—a decision that came on the heels of a Buzzfeed article in which actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was just 14. Spacey responded to the allegations on Twitter, releasing an apology in which he also came out as gay, saying, "If I did behave then as [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
Deadline reported that the fate of the show had been under discussion for some time, but the possibility of having its star embroiled in a sexual assault scandal unsurprisingly tipped the scales hard in favor of pulling the plug. Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital released their own statement saying that they were "deeply troubled" by the news of Spacey's alleged misconduct—and shortly after announcing that the sixth season would be the show's last, Netflix execs "decided to suspend production" indefinitely, casting doubt on House of Cards' already turbulent future.
Still, there's hope for fans who aren't quite ready to say goodbye. Variety reported that Netflix was exploring potential avenues for spinoffs, and although the show's award-winning cachet took a beating after Spacey's scandal, if there's money to be made and stories yet to tell, there's no reason to think House of Cards won't continue in some form.