Photo of Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright in 'House of Cards,' by David Giesbrecht

More than a month before its fourth season premieres on Netflix, House of Cards has already been renewed for season five, the streaming service announced Thursday afternoon.

The early good news was bittersweet, however, as Netflix also confirmed creator and showrunner Beau Willimon, who adapted the show from the BBC miniseries of the same name, "is departing the critically acclaimed series," the company said in a statement, noting their "tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons."

Willimon said in a subsequent statement: "I'm grateful to Netflix and MRC, my fellow executive producers, our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, our talented writers, as well as the incredible cast and crew with whom I've had the privilege to work. After five years and four seasons, it's time for me to move on to new endeavors, but I'm supremely proud of what we've built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team."

The fourth season of House of Cards premieres March 4 on Netflix.

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