'House of Cards' season 5 news: Few changes expected even with new showrunners

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There is still no confirmed release date for "House of Cards" season 5. The popular political drama series is not scheduled to be released until 2017, and as early as now, speculations abound on what fans can expect from the show when the fifth season returns.

"House of Cards" is a series that is full of surprises and twists and turns, and the upcoming fifth season is not an exception. What will make "House of Cards" season 5 different from the previous seasons is that there are also a lot of changes happening behind the scenes.

It has been reported that "House of Cards" creator and executive producer Beau Willimon has stepped back from the show, and that series writers Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson will be filling up the space that Willimon has left behind. They're pretty big shoes to fill, but since Pugliese and Gibson are not new to the series, fans can rest assured that "House of Cards" is in good hands.

In an interview with Deadline last August, the actor revealed that aside from missing his friend, Willimon, things feel pretty much the same around the set of "House of Cards."

For fans wanting to know the changes to expect in the upcoming season, Maheshala Ali, who plays Remy Danton in the series, confirmed in an interview with The Independent that he will not be returning to "House of Cards" season 5. In the interview, Ali recognized that "House of Cards" launched his career, and now that he's not part of the series, he will be able to grab the opportunities that have opened up for him. Ali will star in another Netflix series, Luke Cage.

Not much is known about the upcoming "House of Cards" season 5, but there have been a lot of speculations that the upcoming season might be the last for Frank Underwood. In the original British series and the Michael Dobbs book which the show is based on, Francis Urquhart (the U.K. Frank Underwood) was killed by his wife to avoid a scandal.

"House of Cards" season 5 is scheduled to be released in 2017 on Netflix.