The crown’s popularity is skyrocketing in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death, climbing to 4th place on the Netflix Top 10 charts and with an audience up 800% over the past week.
With the release of four seasons of The Crown, viewers are reaching the end and are no doubt wondering when it will return. Well, it’s returning fairly timely for its fifth season, and production was briefly halted in its sixth and final season in the wake of the queen’s death.
The Crown’s fifth season release date is November 2022just two months away, even if we don’t have a precise date yet, just that month.
These last two seasons will once again re-cast nearly every lead role with new actors as the show moves through the different eras of the Queen’s life, and season 5 appears to be about the controversial era of Diana’s separation from Charles and her tragic one. death, events that were covered in the Oscar-winning film The Queen, when Helen Mirren played Elizabeth.
Here’s the new cast for season 5 and season 6 in this final era:
Queen Elizabeth: Imelda Staunton
Prince Philip: Jonathan Price
Prince Charles: Dominic West
Princess Diana: Elizabeth Debicki
Camilla Parker Bowles: Olivia Williams
John Major: Jonny Lee Miller
Imelda Staunton takes over from Olivia Colman who played Queen in seasons 3 and 4 and won an Emmy in 2021 for it. Before that, Claire Foy played Queen in seasons 1 and 2 and even won an Emmy in 2018. You can see an outline here.
While the showrunner claims The Crown is a “love letter” to Elizabeth, the royal family’s opinion of the series has fluctuated over the years, though the Queen has sometimes been reported to be a fan of it. Now, heading into the Diana years, the series is headed into deeply painful territory and we will see how it will be welcomed in the fifth season so close to the queen’s death in real life. It will certainly be controversial, I guess.
Probably in the next week or two here, Netflix will give us an actual date for The Crown’s return, but of course they want to give some distance from the event itself. For better or for worse, The Crown remains the most comprehensive chronicle of how audiences view Elizabeth’s life, and we still have two years to see how she is cemented into the series.