After Season 4’s addition of Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which helped Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson win multiple awards, The Crown is ready to start a new chapter in the story of the Windsor family. Since the cast of the Netflix original changes every two seasons, a new group of actors will play the royal family in the 1990s in the next episode. Even though only a few details about Season 5 have been made public, here is a list of everything we know about the upcoming release.
The Crown Season 5 Release Date
On September 25, 2021, Netflix said the fifth season would be out in November 2022. It also showed a video of Imelda Staunton sitting at a desk on the show’s set, with portraits of Claire Foy and Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II hanging behind her. She says, “I’m thrilled to be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth from two great actresses.” “I hope I look calm, in control, and able. In the meantime, my stomach is turning somersaults.”
The Cast of The Crown Season 5
Every two seasons, the whole cast of the show changes, so season five will also have a whole new group of actors. This includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Prince of Wales.
There were rumors that Netflix was having trouble finding someone to play the controversial role of Prince Andrew, but recently it was confirmed that actor James Murray would take on the task. Murray said, “Well, if I’m being professional, it’s not my job to feel too much or judge the character, and remember, we’re in the 1990s before we knew all the things we know now.”
How Many Seasons of The Crown Will There Be?
The drama was supposed to have six 10-episode seasons, but when The Crown creator Peter Morgan wrote the fifth season, he decided it was “the perfect time and place to stop.” Then, in July 2020, it became clear that Morgan had changed his mind, and Netflix announced on social media that a sixth season would be made after all.
So, we now know that the fifth season of The Crown will be the second-to-last one and that it will look more closely at the tumultuous early 1990s. It also gives new actors and actresses like Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville twice as much screen time.
So, what do we know about the show, from when season 5 of The Crown is expected to come out to who will replace Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies?
What Happens In Season 5 of The Crown?
When the next season starts in 1990, where the last episode of the fourth season left off, the new cast will have a lot of history to cover, but it’s not clear precisely what period we’ll see in season five. When Morgan announced that he was adding a sixth season to the show, he said the extra episodes “will not bring us any closer to the present day—it will just let us cover the same period in more detail.”
Without knowing Morgan’s original plan for the fifth season, it’s hard to say how much of the queen’s reign in the 21st century The Crown will cover. However, we know that it will end well before Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2019 and the couple’s subsequent “Megxit” from the royal family, which they asked for (opens in new tab).
Based on Morgan’s first pitch to Netflix, which suggested a 60-year timeline over just three seasons, and his recent statements that the final seasons will only cover John Major and Tony Blair’s terms as PM, The Crown could cover Elizabeth’s reign through 2007.
Assuming this is true, the fifth season will probably focus on the queen’s relationship with Prime Minister John Major, her self-proclaimed “annus horribilis” of 1992, and how she dealt with her sister Margaret’s rapidly worsening health.
That period also includes the last rough years of Charles and Diana’s marriage, when they split up in 1992 and divorced in 1996, and Diana’s tragic death in a car crash in 1997.
On a happier note, we’ll also get to see Princes Harry and William when they were twins and teens, as well as plenty of fabulous ’90s moments, including, if all goes well, Charles’ introduction to the Spice Girls in 1997.
Who Writes And Directs Season 5 Of The Crown?
Peter Morgan will write every episode of season 5 of The Crown, just like he did in years past. Morgan has also written the movies The Queen, The Deal, and The Special Relationship, all of which starred Tony Blair, as well as the film Frost/Nixon.
Directors haven’t been named yet for season 5 of The Crown, but, likely, Benjamin Caron (Sherlock), Julian Jarrold (A Royal Night Out), and Jessica Hobbs (Broadchurch) will return.
Is Season 5 Of “The Crown” The Last Season?
No, it won’t be because a sixth season of The Crown is being made right now. The Crown is supposed to end with the sixth season, which will probably start with the death of Princess Margaret and end with the start of the Iraq war.
In January 2020, Peter Morgan said that his plans had changed and that The Crown would end after five seasons instead of the six seasons that had been planned. In July 2020, it was announced that there would be the sixth season.