Dominic West Says Season 6 of The Crown Will Be "As Tumultuous As It Gets”

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Dominic West Says Season 6 of The Crown Will Be "As Tumultuous As It Gets”
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In January of 2020, The Crown's showrunner Peter Morgan confirmed that season five would be the final chapter of the series. "At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," Morgan said, per the Hollywood Reporter. "I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."

But now, it seems the original plan to run for six seasons is back in place.

"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, 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 said, confirming the news alongside Netflix to the Hollywood Reporter.

Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of original content also commented: "The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season. 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 what we know so far.

Even with one more season, the show won't make it to the present day.

Don't expect to see Meghan and Harry's decision to step back from the royal family dramatized on screen. Morgan made it very clear by saying, "season six will not bring us any closer to present day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail." The Hollywood Reporter notes that the story will end in the 2000s, but it's unclear exactly how time will be divided between seasons five and six.

Imelda Staunton will play the Queen.

It was previously announced that Staunton will play the Queen in season five, and Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret. The Hollywood Reporter confirms they will continue in these roles in season six.

Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Tenet) will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown, following in the footsteps of relative newcomer Emma Corrin, who will introduce the Princess of Wales to the series in season four, Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip, and Dominic West will play Prince Charles.

We'll see Prince William and Kate Middleton's first meeting.

A Netflix casting call has revealed that the roles of teenage Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton are being cast for the final season. This adds up, since William and Kate first met in 2001, when they were both studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

A release date has yet to be announced.

Per Deadline, the final season is set to start filming in August 2022.

There are already rumors about the show's final scene.

Given the intense secrecy that always surrounds the series, this rumor should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt. But according to The Sun, season six will wrap up on the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and his longtime partner Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The newspaper also reported that the original plan was to end the series in 2002 – a year in which Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Golden Jubilee, and then lost both her sister Princess Margaret and her mother within weeks.

Season six will focus in on Princess Diana's death.

In an interview with Deadline, West shared that season six will be "as tumultuous as it gets," as it will focus on the tragedy.

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