But Claire Underwood is definitely back
Yes! In fact, in the run-up to Season 6, it's become clear that Robin Wright, who plays Claire, led the charge to finish the show. "It was truly the great Robin Wright rallying," actress Patricia Clarkson said on CBS's The Talk. "We have beautiful showrunners, Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [James Gibson], and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show. It's only eight episodes... Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away some people don’t get paid."
Fittingly, Wright will serve as an executive producer, alongside a stacked behind-the-camera roster that includes co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, and, of course, David Fincher. In her first televised interview since the controversy broke, Wright told Today that the cast and crew was "surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened" by the allegations against Spacey. On the subject of Netflix's decision to fire Spacey, she said, "I don’t know how to comment on that. But I think at that time, the shock was so intense all over the nation for many reasons... I think that everybody felt it was respectful to back off.”
Who else is coming back?
Barring Spacey and Joel Kinnaman's Will Conway, many of the other core survivors from Season 5 -- Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson), Jane Davis (Clarkson), Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer), Seth Grayson (Derek Cecil), Mark Usher (Campbell Scott), and Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver) -- will be back with Claire. And though Neve Campbell's LeAnn was looking like she was in trouble, it wouldn't be crazy to think there's a chance she's alive -- "I think you can assume that," Pugliese told The Hollywood Reporter. "Any assumption after that I think is OK."