You're Going to Have to Wait a Long Time for Season 5 of 'The Crown'

Photo credit: Photo Credit: Alex Bailey
Photo credit: Photo Credit: Alex Bailey

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Since The Crown's premiere on Netflix in 2016, the fictionalized historical drama has given fans a fascinating look into the world of the British royal family. Most recently, its fourth installment won the Emmy for Best Drama Series. Josh O'Connor, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson also took home Emmys in their categories.

Season 4 of The Crown focused on Queen Elizabeth II's reign from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher’s time as prime minister, and the marital issues between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Whether you've already watched 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?

We're sad to say that The Crown season 5 isn't getting released on Netflix for quite some time. To be more exact, Netflix recently announced that The Crown will return in November 2022.

Imelda Staunton, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in season 5, shared in the above clip that filming had just started this September.

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.

Photo credit: Liam Daniel - Netflix
Photo credit: Liam Daniel - Netflix

“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 show-running 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 Majesty 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 in January 2020 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:

It's also important to note that actors may be cast to portray Prince William and Prince Harry in season 5.

Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix
Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix

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.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

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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