The historical royal drama gets renewed for two more seasons!
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of April 17, 2021.
'The Crown' season 4 might have just dropped a few months ago, but the royal enthusiasts can't seem to have enough of the palace drama.
The historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II has kept the audience hooked since its release in 2016.
There are so many things left to cover for a few more seasons, including tragic deaths, break-ups, and memorable milestones from the royal family.
Let's find out what's next for 'The Crown.'
'The Crown' is indeed returning for season 5, and it wouldn't be the last one for the series!
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos confirmed back in November 2016 that the show is initially pitched for 6 seasons.
"The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years," Sarandos said via THR.
This changed four years later when the show was announced to end in season 5.
"At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons, but now that we have begun work on the stories for season 5, it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," Morgan said via Deadline.
The plan changed again after Netflix decided to 'cancel the cancellation' in July and confirmed that the show will return for season 6.
"News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!" the announcement read.
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
Season 4 just arrived on Netflix in November 2020, and as per Deadline, season 5 won't premiere until 2022.
On April 17, 2021, Variety reported that production for season 5 will begin in July 2021.
Production for season 6 will likely commence in 2022.
The production is pre-planned and not due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We still do not know what timeline will be covered in season 5. Season 4 concluded in 1990 when Thatcher was "ousted" from her Prime Minister position.
Deadline reported that season 6 is likely to end in the early 2000s, which means that season 5 would likely focus on the '90s and might not feature Prince William and Kate Middleton's courtship or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.
But don't get disappointed because a lot of historical events happened from the '90s up to the early 2000s. Much of these are unforgettable breakups, including Princess Anne and Mark Phillips's 1992 separation and the 1996 split between Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
In 1997, Princess Diana died in the tragic car crash in Paris along with her partner, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. In 2002, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother died less than two months apart, and later that year, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Golden Jubilee after 50 years of ruling.
It sounds unlikely, as the executive producer is more interested in the past than the present day.
"To be honest, whatever the life of The Crown is after where we are now, I doubt we'll ever go as far into the present day. I think we'll probably…we don't travel into the present day," The Crown executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the BBC.
Series creator Peter Morgan echoed the same statement back in 2018.
“I feel uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period,” Morgan told Entertainment Weekly.“I think there’s a certain amount of time within which, if you write about it, what you do instantly becomes journalistic. Because it’s too close to the moment.”
He added: “Let’s wait 20 years and see what there is to say about Meghan Markle. I don’t know what there is to say about Meghan Markle at the moment... I wouldn’t know, and I wouldn’t presume. She’ll only become interesting once we’ve had 20 years to digest who she is and what her impact has been. If I were to write about Meghan Markle, I would automatically be writing journalistically.”
Cast members are often replaced every after two seasons to make aging look realistic, so we can expect a couple of new faces to take over some of our favorite roles.
However, Imelda Staunton is confirmed to return for her role as Her Majesty the Queen.
Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth and final season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/hUOob58A9p— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) January 31, 2020
Her casting was confirmed by Morgan himself.
"I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century," creator and showrunner Peter Morgan said in a statement via Deadline.
Oscar-nominated Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, a role previously portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby.
Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret in the fifth season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/R5aZEBOW0t— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 2, 2020
Jonathan Pryce will portray Prince Philip, and Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana.
Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6), alongside Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville. pic.twitter.com/zI7NotOfc4— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 13, 2020
Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6). pic.twitter.com/Z3CjHuJ56B— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 16, 2020
Dominic West is reportedly in "final talks" to play Prince Charles, THR reported. The role was previously portrayed by Josh O'Connor in seasons 3 and 4 of the series.
Season 5 is still about to undergo production, so the official trailer is not available yet. Here's the season 4 trailer in the meantime. Can't get enough of 'The Crown'? The show is available for streaming on Netflix. Go ahead and binge-watch all four seasons now!