God save the Queen!
The original timeline for The Crown laid out the show on a six-season plan, with a rotating cast every two seasons to account for different time periods in Queen Elizabeth II’s life. However, back in January, it was announced that The Crown would only run for five seasons with Imelda Staunton cast to play the Queen and Lesley Manville set to play Princess Margaret in the third and final “era.” Fear not, for that decision has been reversed! The Crown will return to its original plan for a sixth season, taking the show into the early years of the 2000s.
News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 9, 2020
The showrunners’ change of heart stemmed from the fact that they wanted to do justice to the storyline, allowing viewers to see “the richness and complexity” of the events rather than doing a more surface-level skim. Both Netflix and Peter Morgan, however, have made it clear that this is not an extension fo the show into the modern-day era. The sixth season will simply allow the events that were set to be scrunched into season five to be told in more depth and greater detail.
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We can’t wait to see how successive seasons of The Crown continue to raise the bar, as they have since its initial debut. Season 4 is set to release later this year, possibly around November or December, as the show managed to wrap right before the Coronavirus pandemic affected Britain’s television production. Which season of The Crown has been your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments!