After months of waiting, second season of The Crown, the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II's reign is finally here!
Watch one of the trailers, which previews Prince Philip's journey this season, below then read on for everything you need to know before you tune in.
Season two will focus on Prince Philip and Prince Charles.
The show will still center around Queen Elizabeth II, but expect to see more of the men in her life in the second season. "We start to focus on Charles as a young boy and his education, and on Philip and his back story," creator Peter Morgan told People.
He expanded on this news at the Royal Television Society's event "The Crown: Deconstructing the Coronation" in London last night. "Its soul is about Prince Philip's complexity," Morgan said of the second season. "I find him extraordinarily interesting–his childhood, again, you couldn't make it up. The soul of season two is about his complexity."
"It wasn't easy, he didn't have an easy life."
As for whether Prince Philip's alleged affair will be a plot point, Morgan's lips are sealed, at least for now, "This is a spoiler-free chat! We're still in the cutting-room and making all sorts of changes..."
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Smith, the actor who plays Philip, also revealed, "We learn a lot more about Prince Philip [in the second season]...A lot about his past. He had a very interesting past, Philip. Quite a mad past. And we go into that in a lot of detail."
"What is interesting on the Philip front this year is that we sort of get to glimpse back into his past and see what happened to him as a child, which is actually quite traumatic," he expanded in an interview on NPR. "And I think it gives us an idea of why and how he is the way he is today.
Foy told The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a story of a marriage very much in the second series, and how they navigate that. They've been together for ten years, they've had two children and it's about going and assessing the situation. It's not going to be a rose tinted view of marriage."
"I think [Queen Elizabeth] starts to realize she needs to pay more attention to her personal life now that the other part of her life is going all right,” she said.
"The world’s changing faster than anyone can catch up with. There is no letup. She just keeps having to go from one crisis to another to another, and at some point, it’s about five crises at the same time and you have no idea how she manages to get up in the morning."
But Princess Margaret will still get plenty of screen time.
Princess Margaret. A woman for the modern age.Posted by The Crown on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The latest trailer for The Crown centers around Princess Margaret's story. In the minute-long clip above, the Queen tells her sister, "You're drinking far more than you used to." To which Margaret retorts, "Why do you think that is? Because I'm unhappier than I used to be. And why is that? Because I'm still unmarried. And why is that? Oh, because you denied me my perfect match."
Foy also shared, in an interview with W magazine, that the series will delve into Princess Margaret's marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, as well as her "naughty" behavior. "She’s naughty. Very minxy. She gets even naughtier even though she gets married. The naughtiness just continues," Foy said.
Morgan, too, revealed bits of Margaret's storyline in a recent interview with Vanity Fair.
“Vanessa [Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret] explodes this season,” Morgan said. “We always knew she was a great actress, but she explodes. It’s a very identifiable tragedy, to have someone in the family with more apparent charisma and yet no use for it . . . I love writing her.”
He continued, "She finds love and pain. I promise you, it’s properly painful,” Morgan he continued, also sharing that he had met Margaret's husband, the Earl of Snowdon, nearly 30 years after the couple had gotten divorced.
Matthew Goode will play Margaret's husband, Lord Snowdon.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Princess Margaret's love interest as none other than Lady Mary's second husband. Matthew Goode, perhaps best known for playing Henry Talbot on the long-running Masterpiece series, would take on the role of Armstrong-Jones, a royal photographer who became Lord Snowdon after he married the Queen's sister. (If you want to read up on the tempestuous relationship between Princess Margaret and her husband before the second season drops, dive into the true story of their love affair, here.)
Jack and Jackie Kennedy will visit.
British royalty will meet the American kind - Michael C. Hall will play JFK and Jodi Balfour has been cast as Jackie. Many actors have portrayed the iconic couple, but Deadline reports that the show's creators describe Balfour's Jackie as "a seemingly natural First Lady, but whose charming exterior of confidence and glamour hides a shy woman who loathes public life."
Hall's JFK, on the other hand, "is most at home in front of a crowd - a natural leader and excellent public speaker who does not take kindly to being upstaged by anyone, especially his wife."
Kennedy's entire presidency falls within the timeline of season two and according to the Telegraph, the First Couple's dinner at Buckingham Palace in June of 1961 will play a role in the plot. Kennedy's assassination could, as well.
Of the dinner scene, the Telegraph reveals it will portray the Queen as jealous of Jackie and unnerved by her flirting with Prince Philip. The series will reportedly also show the Queen hearing how Jackie "badmouthed" her at a later party. In the show, Elizabeth's equerry hears the first lady describing the Queen as “a middle-aged woman so incurious, unintelligent and unremarkable that Britain’s new reduced place in the world was not a surprise but an inevitability.”
"Mrs Kennedy’s comments are not drawn from historical record - rather, they have been imagined by Peter Morgan," describes the Telegraph. To read about what really happened when the Kennedys met the Queen, click here.
"I absolutely fell in love with Jodi Balfour [who plays Jackie Kennedy]," Foy revealed in an interview with EW following her Emmy nod. "She’s just brilliant, and Michael C. Hall [who plays Jack Kennedy] is just incredible."
The Kennedy's aren't the only iconic part of the '60s that will impact the season. The decade has a strong impact on the Royal family. "In this new world of the 1960s with sex and drugs and rock n' roll, and that's not what you really associate with 'the royal family,'" Foy said.
Smith explained that the monarch and Duke had to adapt to the changes in private. "There's an edge to the dynamic between them. We're entering the '60s and the world is changing around them in quite significant ways. Like always with the royal family, they're having to adapt but they're having to do it away from the public."
Don't expect to see more of Winston Churchill.
John Lithgow's steady (Emmy-award winning) performance as the Prime Minister was essential to the show's first season, but he likely won't be back. Following Churchill's retirement at the end of season one, season two's timeline will bring viewers into an era where the position was something of a revolving door. Over the course of just ten years, three men (Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, and Alec Douglas) will cycle through.
In a recent interview, Claire Foy seemed to confirm the news that Lithgow won't be back. When asked "Winston Churchill is gone?" in an interview with Nylon. The actress responded, "Winston’s gone and it breaks my heart."
This is Foy and Smith's last season as Elizabeth and Philip.
"After two seasons, that's it, I'm gone," Claire Foy told Vulture following her Golden Globes nomination last year, when asked about the rumors that Netflix wants six seasons of the show. "They're getting rid of all of us," she said, revealing that rather than dealing with prosthetics and age makeup, new actors would be in the play the same characters. "I don't [know] how they're planning on doing it, but they're such an incredible bunch of directors and producers that it's gonna be different and exciting."
Peter Morgan, the creator of the show, further clarified, "I feel that when we reach 1963-64 we've gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older. She can't help the fact she's as young as she is."
Season three is in the works.
The third and fourth chapters of Elizabeth II's reign were just confirmed, though with a very different Queen. Netflix recently announced that 43-year-old Broadchurch star Olivia Coleman will play the monarch.
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