Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood killed off in House of Cards
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Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood killed off in House of Cards

The eagle has flown the coop.

Netflix has finally confirmed what everyone long suspected: that Kevin Spacey's character in House of Cards has been killed-off.

The streaming giant dropped its latest trailer for the sixth and final season of the cult series in the early hours of Thursday morning, Australian time. In it, Robin Wright – who plays newly-elected President Claire Underwood – stands over her husband's grave.

Actor Kevin Spacey as the ruthless Frank Underwood in House of Cards.

Actor Kevin Spacey as the ruthless Frank Underwood in House of Cards.Credit:Netflix

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"I'll tell you this... Francis," she says. "When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

The camera then zooms out to reveal Kevin Spacey's character has been buried next to his father, Calvin Underwood.

The moment is significant because the pair loathed each other. In a previous episode, the 46th president even urinates on his father's headstone.

Late last year, Netflix severed ties with Spacey after a number of men came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of sexual misconduct. One of the accusers, actor Anthony Rapp, claimed Spacey had made a sexual advance when he was just 14 years old.

While writing Spacey out of the script cost Netflix millions of dollars, it might not jar with the show's storyline. At the end of the fifth season, it is implied Claire isn't going to give her husband a presidential pardon. In past episodes, Francis came close to death after being shot and has even complained of chest pains.

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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles district attorney's office confirmed it wouldn't be filing charges against Spacey because the incident they were investigating happened too long ago.

However, investigations in Massachusetts and the United Kingdom are ongoing.

London police are the investigating at least six alleged incidents, while American authorities in Nantucket are investigating a claim the actor grabbed an 18-year-old's genitals at a bar in 2016.

Netflix's vice president of original programming, Cindy Holland, has previously promised the next instalment of House of Cards will be a "fitting end" to the award-winning series that has captivated audiences for half a decade.

'We're really proud of the show," she said. "We always planned for season six to be the final season and we are proud of the work of Robin."

The final season is due out on Netflix from Friday, November 2.