'The Crown' Gets Surprise Sixth Season Renewal, Still Won't Cover Harry And Meghan

Written by on July 9, 2020

God — or at the least Netflix — saved the queen.

Regardless of beforehand asserting that its fifth season can be its final, “The Crown” has been renewed for a shock sixth and ultimate season, the streaming service introduced Thursday. 

Creator Peter Morgan revealed that he’s now altering course to stay to his unique six-season plan for the splendid royal drama, which chronicles the ups and downs of the British monarchy so convincingly that even the real-life Queen Elizabeth II is rumored to tune in at times. 

“As we began to debate the storylines for [season five], it quickly grew to become clear that to be able to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should always return to the unique plan and do six seasons,” Morgan mentioned in an announcement. “To be clear, [season six] won’t convey us any nearer to current day — it can merely allow us to cowl the identical interval in higher element.”

For these hoping that the switch-up would possibly inch the sequence’s timeline nearer to the current royal drama surrounding Prince Harry and the previous Meghan Markle or maybe to Prince Andrew’s ties to the late Jeffrey Epstein, the sequence will nonetheless preserve a modicum of historic distance.

In January, an government producer on the sequence shot down the opportunity of Harry and Meghan’s showing on the present. “To be trustworthy, regardless of the lifetime of ‘The Crown’ is after the place we at the moment are, I doubt we’ll ever go as far into the current day,” Suzanne Mackie advised PA Media, in line with the BBC.

It’s presumed that the fifth and sixth seasons will go away the sequence someplace within the early 2000s, in line with Selection.

The information arrives six months after Netflix confirmed the sequence would finish with the fifth season, which can see Imelda Staunton assume the function of Elizabeth. The “Harry Potter” alumna is taking the reins from Olivia Colman, who made her debut because the monarch in season three and can return for the upcoming fourth season, which is predicted to debut on the streaming service later this yr. 

Claire Foy portrayed the queen within the first two seasons to a lot vital acclaim, successful a prime-time Emmy amongst different awards for her portrayal. On-set paparazzi pictures revealed she’s set to return in a flashback within the fourth season. 

The subsequent chapter will reportedly propel the drama into the 1980s, as U.Ok. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) takes a central function. The sequence will even welcome Emma Corrin as a younger Diana Spencer, whereas Lesley Manville has been slotted as Helena Bonham Carter’s successor to play Princess Margaret within the ultimate two installments.  

“‘The Crown’ retains elevating the bar with every new season,” Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice chairman of unique content material, mentioned of the present’s future. “We will’t look forward to audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to assist Peter’s imaginative and prescient and the exceptional forged and crew for a sixth and ultimate season.” 

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