After months of waiting, we finally have a premiere date for the second series of The Crown, the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The show will return on December 8, 2017 for an installment that star Claire Foy, called "completely different, like a completely different show in a way."
"The direction the show has gone in is very different and the period of time is moving on, so it does feel very different," she said.
Watch the trailer below, then read on for everything we know so far about the binge-worthy period drama.
Season two will focus on Prince Philip and Prince Charles...and Princess Margaret's naughty side.
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, Matt 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."
“In Season 2, it gets a bit hairier,” Smith also shared during a panel at FYSee; Foy hinted, “In Season 2, there are scenes I would never want to relive.”
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.
Jack and Jackie Kennedy will be featured in season two.
British royalty will meet the American kind in The Crown season two. The Netflix series has cast Michael C. Hall as JFK and Jodi Balfour as Jackie for the hit show's second season.
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, meaning that his inauguration, the First Couple's dinner at Buckingham Palace in June of 1961, and his assassination could all play a role in the plot.
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," the former Doctor Who star revealed. "Like always with the royal family, they're having to adapt but they're having to do it away from the public."
Matthew Goode will play Princess Margaret's husband, Lord Snowdon.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Princess Margaret's love interest in the second season as none other than Lady Mary's second husband. This week it was announced that Matthew Goode, perhaps best known for playing Henry Talbot on the long-running Masterpiece series, would take on the role of Lord Snowdon, a royal photographer who went on to marry the Queen's sister.
If you want to read up on the tempestuous relationship between Princess Margaret and her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones before the second season drops, dive into the true story of their love affair, here.
Expect to see Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in season two.
"After two seasons, that's it, I'm gone," Claire Foy told Vulture following her Golden Globes nomination, 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."
Despite the rumors, Netflix hasn't signed on for season three just yet, but Morgan is already thinking about it.
"We're talking [to Netflix] all the the time but we just want to see how the second series goes," he said at the Royal Television Society's event.
"We're pretty swamped at the moment. I've started thinking about a third season–you have to be responsible, you can't say you'll do it and then suddenly go, 'actually I found out it's really dull.'"
But if Netflix were to come onboard, it sounds like Morgan would be ready. "I have done some preparatory work," he said. "I'd be happy to do it, but at the moment I'm swamped."
The second season's trajectory will cover about ten years, culminating in 1964.
Claire Foy revealed the second season's timeline in an interview with Town & Country late last year. "It goes up to 1964," she said. "[Creator] Peter [Morgan]'s got so much to go on. Margaret at that point finds a husband and gets married. He's got a wealth of things to choose from. So, just wait and see where Peter Morgan decides the show's going to go." She has also revealed that the show will pick up pretty much where it left off, without much of a time jump.
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