In the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) will have many challenges ahead as the first female president in the world of the political thriller. And one of them is the ghost of her late husband, Frank Underwood. The character, formerly played by Kevin Spacey, was written out of the show after the actor/ executive producer was fired following sexual assault allegations. Production on the forthcoming sixth and final season of the Netflix drama was shut down so the story could be reworked to send Frank six feet under. Ahead of its Nov. 2 return, Netflix has already confirmed that Frank is indeed dead (following the events of the book on which the series is based). The political drama will not waste any time in revealing Frank’s fate. “We didn’t want to be coy about it and we didn’t want to run away from it,” co-showrunner Melissa James Gibson explained Wednesday during The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV Talks series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, where she was joined by executive producer Frank Pugliese and stars Robin Wright and Michael Kelly for a discussion after a screening of the season six premiere. Read more about what the team had to say here.