House of Cards scraps two filmed Kevin Spacey episodes

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Photo credit: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

From Digital Spy

Not only will House of Cards write out Kevin Spacey from season 6 after he was axed from the show, all previously-shot footage of the former lead is reportedly being scrapped.

Around two weeks of shooting took place on the Netflix drama last October, but pretty much all that footage will now be binned, Vulture reports.

Executives had apparently seriously considered cancelling the show altogether back in November soon after Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made a "sexual advance" on him when Rapp was just 14.

Photo credit: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

Other claims of sexual harassment and assault were then made by past and present crew of House of Cards itself.

Netflix and the show's producers Media Rights Capital were keen to continue with House of Cards, despite Netflix being eager to disassociate themselves from the actor.

It's claimed that the broadcaster didn't want reports about Spacey to dictate the ending of the show, which has always been a marquee drama for Netflix.

A spokesperson for Spacey said in November that he is currently seeking "evaluation and treatment" away from the spotlight.

Additionally, fans have been vocal on social media about wanting the show to continue with Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) as the lead character, especially as the finale of season five would neatly lend itself to that move.

In the final moments of the last episode aired, Claire Underwood was sworn in as president and in a rare to-camera monologue said "My turn."

With very few exceptions in the last five seasons, it's only Frank Underwood (Spacey) who breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges or addresses the audience.

The drama's co-showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson are said to have been back re-writing the show for the past weeks, while they and the crew have continued to be paid while the production was put on hold.

With the delays and scheduling conflicts thrown up by the situation, it's thought that season six will be made up of eight hour-long episodes, rather than 13 as previously planned.

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