The Crown: Olivia Colman stars in trailer for season four
Season four of The Crown landed on Netflix and has caused quite a stir with its depiction of Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles’ (Josh O’Connor) well-documented, tumultuous marriage. The series also features the ongoing affair between the Prince of Wales and his former girlfriend, then known as Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell), who was married to Andrew (Andrew Buchan). However, will the drama finish with the marriage of the Princess of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall?
Will The Crown end with Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding?
Netflix has confirmed there will be two more seasons of The Crown with the critically acclaimed drama wrapping up with series six.
The streaming platform made a U-turn on the series after initially announcing it would be ending with season five, only to later reverse this decision.
Speaking about the decision to conclude on season six, creator Peter Morgan said earlier this year: “Series six will not bring us any closer to present day – it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
Morgan’s words suggest the 1990s could be covered over two 10-hour seasons, making it the most in-depth look of any era in The Crown to date.
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Previous seasons of The Crown have covered 10-year periods over the course of 10 hours, but it looks like the last two runs will be jam-packed full of details.
While Morgan doesn’t specify which year he will be rounding off the series, events could be ending with Princess Diana’s death in 1997 – or at least going into the early new millennium.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall tied the knot in 2005 with the couple opting for a simple ceremony attended by the couple’s families.
So, there is potentially scope to end things at this point and narratively dovetail The Crown by essentially ushering in a new era.
Then again, the show could also end with the marriage of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
The wedding was widely regarded as a renaissance of sorts for the British monarchy with the couple symbolising a new era for the Royal Family as the next generation.
Season four of The Crown finished up in the early 1990s with the fall of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) as the knives came out from the enemies within her party.
The final two outings are then expected to cover the rest of the decade – which is well-trodden territory for Morgan, who won critical acclaim for his 2006 film The Queen which dealt with the Royal Family’s response to Princess Diana’s death.
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Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and the film cemented Morgan’s career, paving the way for The Crown.
Morgan has also written the Blair trilogy – consisting of The Queen, The Deal and The Special Relationship – which focuses on various aspects of the rise of New Labour and the early premiership of Tony Blair.
Some of the cast for the final two outings of The Crown have already been announced with Imelda Staunton taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in her later year, replacing Olivia Colman.
Jonathan Pryce will be taking over from Tobias Menzies in portraying Prince Philip.
Lesley Manville has been confirmed to be donning the mantle of Princess Margaret following Helena Bonham Carter’s performance.
Finally, The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki will play an older version of Princess Diana, taking over from Corrin.
Other cast members are going to be announced in due course with casting announcements expected to be made for Camilla, Prince Charles and Tony Blair.
There have already been reports The Wire actor Dominic West could be in line to replace O’Connor as Prince Charles.
At this stage it’s not clear whether Anderson could be reprising her role as the Iron Lady in one last performance – much like John Lithgow did in season three while the rest of the cast was changed up.
The Crown seasons 1 to 4 are streaming on Netflix now
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