'The Crown' Season Five Will Enter a Tragic, Modern Era of the Royal Family
The Crown's fourth season curtain closes on a Britain in which Margaret Thatcher battles growing threats to her power as Charles and Diana's marriage continues to publicly dissolve. Season four, which is full of gripping interpersonal and emotional drama than some of its politically-minded predecessors, was well worth the years of wait. Unfortunately, we may wait even longer for season five of the acclaimed Netflix series, which will follow the royal family into the late 1990s and early 2000s. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming season.
Who is in the cast for Season 5?
It feels like we had to say goodbye to Claire Foy as Queen on The Crown yesterday, but the sun just set on Olivia Coleman's rendering of the role. At the end of season four, Coleman will present Queen Elizabeth's crown to Imelda Staunton for the final two seasons of Netflix's beloved historical drama.
So far, Elizabeth Debecki as Princess Diana, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip in the cast. Dominic West is reportedly in talks to take on Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles.
While the show had originally stated that the fifth season would be the last, creator Peter Morgan announced in July that the final cast would get two seasons, just like the previous casts. He told Deadline, “When we started discussing the storylines for Series 5, it quickly became clear that to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and play six seasons. To be clear, Series 6 is not going to bring us any closer to the present - it will simply allow us to cover the same time period in greater detail. "
When will season 5 be released?
Season five is slated to start filming in 2021, but won't air on Netflix until 2022. However, we should have waited so long with or without a pandemic. "It's a normal schedule for us because as you noticed we did The Crown in two seasons, so we had Claire Foy for two seasons, we now have Olivia Colman for two seasons," he told Peter Morgan. "And there was a gap year where I feverishly draft all the scripts and then rewrite the scripts and polish the scripts afterwards - but at least we have a roadmap of where we are going for the two seasons. And I said it was impossible would be to do that and show the seasons when they were in production. You need a year off to continue writing. "
What will season 5 cover?
Seasons five and six will follow the royal drama into the 1990s and early 2000s. This is a period of time that includes the ruin of three marriages of Elizabeth's children - Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Charles all divorced during that time. There will also be Princess Diana's tragic death in a car accident in Paris in 1997, and possibly the death of Princess Margaret in 2002. The series won't come anywhere near today, however, or cover breaking news like Prince Andrew's connection with Jeffrey Epstein or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle giving up their royal titles. As creator Peter Morgan told the Hollywood Reporter:
“I much prefer to write about things that happened at least 20 years ago. I have a kind of 20 year rule in my head. That is enough time and distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance. Often times, things that seem absolutely important today are instantly forgotten, and other things have a habit of staying here, proving to be very relevant and long-lasting historically. I don't know where in the scheme of things Prince Andrew or Meghan Markle or Harry will ever appear. We won't know and it will take you time to prevent something from being journalistic. And that's why I don't want to write about them because it would be journalistic to write about them right away. And there are already many journalists who write about it. To be a playwright, in my opinion, you need a perspective and also have the possibility of a metaphor. "
And now back to the aimless scrolling of Netflix through 2022.
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