Netflix is going ahead with its final season of "House of Cards" . . . but, it's happening WITHOUT KEVIN SPACEY.
There will be eight episodes, and the season will focus on ROBIN WRIGHT, who plays Claire Underwood, the wife of Kevin's old character. Claire is the former First Lady, who became President in Season Five.
Netflix says they wanted to finish the show to "bring closure to fans."
There's no word how they plan to write Kevin out of the show . . . but in the book that inspired the show, his character DIES.