Last year, Netflix reported that 72 million households had watched The Crown, the platform’s hit period drama that chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. For four seasons, the dramatized telling of royal family events has won over viewers and the industry, as the series has won 10 Emmy Awards out of a total of 39 nominations. However, fans were worried in early 2020 when Netflix announced that Season 5 would be the show’s last. Luckily, series creator Peter Morgan had a change of heart six months later and told Deadline that the show would receive a Season 6 after all, holding to his original plan to spend two seasons focusing on three pivotal periods in Queen Elizabeth’s long reign.
“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,” Morgan told the publication. “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.”
In July 2020, Cindy Holland, then the vice president of original content at Netflix, also spoke to Deadline about extending the series. “The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season,” Holland said. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to support Peter’s vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season.”
Here’s everything we know about Season 6 of Netflix’s The Crown.
When Will The Crown Season 6 Air?
Unfortunately, there’s no official release date for The Crown Season 6 just yet. Per Deadline, production on Season 5 is set to begin in June 2021, so it’s expected that work on Season 6 won’t start until afterward. While that seems like a long wait considering Season 4 premiered in November 2020, the break in production was reportedly planned, not caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's The Plot Of The Crown Season 6?
Deadline reported that Season 6 of The Crown would explore the royal family’s story into the 2000s, which makes sense considering Season 4 depicted Margaret Thatcher’s exit from office in 1990. The final season will have a lot to cover, as the ’90s saw Prince Andrew and Sarah Furguson’s divorce, Princess Anne’s split from Mark Phillips, and Princess Diana’s 1996 separation from Prince Charles — in addition to her tragic death in 1997. Also, the 2000s brought the passing of Princess Margaret and Queen Mother Elizabeth as well as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ engagement and wedding, so the series has some major royal events to cover.
In a recent Town & Country cover story on the series, it was reported that the two final seasons would chronicle prime ministers John Major (1990-1997) and Tony Blair (1997-2007) during their respective terms in office. Based on that information, it’s expected that the series will not delve into Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage and subsequent choice to step down from their royal roles.
According to Morgan, opting out of recent events is a relief. “The Meghan and Harry story is nowhere near over yet,” the creator said to T&C. “And I’m happy that I’m never going to write it.”
Who's In The Cast Of The Crown Season 6?
As the series aims to cover three periods of royal family history over six seasons, The Crown cast tends to change every other season, so it’s expected that much of the Season 5 cast will stick around for Season 6. Joining the series for Season 5 is Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, taking over for Helena Bonham Carter, and Dominic West as Prince Charles, replacing Josh O’Connor. Additionally, starring as Prince Philip is Jonathan Pryce, who will replace Tobias Menzies, and Imelda Staunton will replace Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II. Furthermore, The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki will take over for Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, and as reported by RadioTimes on April 30, actor Olivia Williams (The Father) will succeed 2021 Oscar winner Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles.