While we wait in anticipation for The Crown season five to drop on Netflix this November, the streaming service has revealed a sixth and final season is in the pipeline. Here's everything we know about the next instalment of the dramatisation of the British Royal family's life, from the cast taking on the coveted roles to an expected release date, and what might be included in the plot.
The Crown to pause filming out of respect to Queen Elizabeth II
After the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II broke, The Crown creator Peter Morgan explained that production on season six will "stop filming out of respect" for the Royal family, for an undetermined period of time.
He said, "The Crown is a love letter to her. I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”
According to Deadline, Morgan won’t be making a statement or further comments about the Queen’s death, but the Netflix show has long had a plan in place for what to do if Her Majesty passed away.
Stephen Daldry, who directed some episodes in season one, said in 2016 when The Crown premiered: "None of us know when that time will come but it would be right and proper to show respect to the Queen. It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do."
When was The Crown season 6 confirmed?
Back in July 2020, Netflix confirmed The Crown will get a sixth season after all, despite previously saying things will end with season five. The official Netflix account tweeted a confirmation of another season, while confirming that it will be the show's last.
In a statement showrunner Peter Morgan spoke about the decision, saying, "As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons."
He continued, "To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail."
Who will star in The Crown season 6?
The casting will likely follow the previous format of The Crown, which sees the key characters take on two seasons each. That means Imelda Staunton, who was cast as the new Queen Elizabeth II for season five, will film two series like her predecessors Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman. Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret for two seasons of the show, alongside Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
Season six will also feature a teenage Prince William and Kate Middleton, who met at St. Andrews University. Meg Bellamy, 19, will play Kate Middleton while Prince William will be played by Ed McVey, 21. Rufus Kampa, 16, will play a younger William, while the actor playing Prince Harry hasn't yet been revealed.
What is The Crown season 6's expected release date?
While season five of The Crown will be released in November 2022, there's been no word from Netflix about when we can expect season six. It's also not known whether the two series were filmed back to back, or if season six is yet to go into production. When it does, we'll be ready!
Previously season one of The Crown was released in 2016, while season two was released in November 2017. Season three came in November 2019 and season four in November 2021. So maybe that means 2024 for season six? Ugh.
What might happen in The Crown season 6?
Until we see season five, it's hard to know what time period The Crown season six might cover. Deadline report it will likely take the story from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, meaning we'll see the impact Princess Diana's death (1997) has on the Royal family, including her sons William and Harry, as well as public affairs involving prime ministers John Major (1990-97) and Tony Blair (1997-2007).
Other key milestones in this time for the royal family included Prince Edward's marriage to Sophie Wessex in 1999 and the deaths of the Queen's sister Princess Margaret and the Queen's mother in 2002.
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