'House Of Cards' Season 5 Release Date, Major Cast Member Not Returning

Frank Yemi

Netflix's longest-running original House of Cards is returning for Season 5. It is slated for release next year in 2017. The first three seasons premiered in February and Season 4 was released early in March.

2017 Update: House of Cards has an official release date on the 30th May 2017 and it was announced after President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. Watch the short teaser below:

Frank Underwood will have one less problem to worry about. Original cast member Mahershala Ali, who plays Remy Danton, will not be returning.

According to Digital Spy, Ali feels that his character Remy Danton doesn't have much else to offer the political drama.

"There wasn't really anything new to offer the show, and there's a lot of people on that show! It's not fair for me to say, 'Hey, I want to do more,' because that might not work for the show. It's a narrative that's bigger than you. But I do want to do more in my career, and that kind of aligned with the character running its course, and with how the show was framed."

Ali believes that his character had reached his shelf life, suggesting that there isn't much to explore after four seasons.

"I've said this before: every show has a shelf life. House of Cards might work for seven or eight seasons, it might be done after six, I don't know - but my character also has a shelf life. It was just time to close that storyline out while it still meant something to people."

Conway is a young, popular candidate; however, Frank Underwood has more experience.

House of Cards is a popular Netflix original and has been praised by critics. The Emmy-award-winning series received numerous nominations for its current season.

In a Meet the Press interview, Kevin Spacey revealed that the similarities between House of Cards and real political events are coincidental because the show's plot is written and scripted prior to most of the electoral process.

When Chuck Todd brought up some similarities between Frank Underwood and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's campaign, the actor responded, "Yeah, this has happened every season that we have shot House of Cards. We have decided on a story line, we have written it, we have shot it and just before the series gets dropped something very close to what we have decided to develop happens in real life."

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