This past November, the streaming service debuted the show's fourth installment, which focused on Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman)'s reign from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson)’s time as prime minister, and the marital issues between Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).
Whether you spent your holiday break watching all 10 episodes of the latest season, or you're still making your way through all the intense drama, season 5 of The Crown is likely on your mind. Want the full scoop on the next season? Keep on scrolling ...
When will The Crown season 5 premiere on Netflix?
A premiere date for The Crown season 5 has not yet been announced. According to Deadline, the next installment will begin filming in June 2021 and be available on Netflix in 2022. If past Crown premiere dates are any indication, new episodes will likely be released in November of next year.
Over the summer, series creator and showrunner Peter Morgan explained to The Hollywood Reporter the reasoning behind this timeline. Unlike other shows in the entertainment industry, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn't significantly delayed production.
“It's a normal schedule for us because what happens is, as you've noticed, we filmed The Crown in two-season chunks,” he told the outlet. "And there was a gap year in there in which I frantically do a draft of all the scripts, and then I rewrite the scripts and polish the scripts after that — but at least we have a roadmap of where we're going for the two seasons. And I said that there was no way that I could possibly do that and be showrunning the seasons if they were in production. You do need a gap year to get ahead with the writing.”
Will season 5 be the last season of The Crown?
After going back and forth about whether there would be five or six seasons in total, Peter confirmed in July 2020 that there will be six parts after all.
"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 said in a statement, per The New York Times. "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 is in the cast of The Crown season 5?
Just like in past seasons, The Crown will replace its season 4 cast with a new set of actors to portray the royal family in their next phase of life. It’ll be the show's third and final casting switch-up after producers recast the main characters for seasons 1 and 2 and then once more for seasons 3 and 4.
For seasons 5 and 6, several new actors have already been confirmed. After Olivia and Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness will now be portrayed by Imelda Staunton. Best known for her roles in Vera Drake and the Harry Potter franchise, the actress shared her excitement last January about playing the British monarch.
"I have loved watching The Crown from the very start. As an actor, it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts,” Imelda said in a statement. "I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion."
Other confirmed cast members include:
Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
Meanwhile, Variety reports that Dominic West is expected to play Prince Charles (though the show has yet to make an official announcement). As for the roles of Princess Anne and Camilla Parker Bowles, no casting announcements have been made so far. It's also important to note that actors may be cast to portray Prince William and Prince Harry in season 5.
Are there any season 5 spoilers?
Season 5 will likely follow the same format as past seasons and dive into important events over the course of a certain decade — chronologically speaking, the 1990s and early 2000s are up next.
During this time, the British royal family experienced several divorces: Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Meanwhile, in Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II worked alongside Prime Minister John Major and Tony Blair.
For the royals, this time period was also full of tragedy. A year after her divorce from Prince Charles was finalized, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. In 2002, the royal family grieved the loss of both the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
While we don't know which events will be explored in the next season, one thing is certain: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage won’t ever be part of the series.
“Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end. One wishes some happiness, but I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago,” Peter told THR. “I sort of have in my head a 20-year rule. That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance. Often things that appear absolutely wildly important today are instantly forgotten, and other things have a habit of sticking around and proving to be historically very relevant and long-lasting.”
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