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There's one last chapter of 'The Crown' ahead. The hit Netflix series will return for season 6. Here's everything we know so far about the final season.
King Charles III’s coronation isn’t the only royal event to be excited about. The Crown will return for season 6, which will also be the final season. The last episodes will follow the royal family in the final years of the 20th century and into the new millennium.
The show’s fifth season was originally supposed to be the final season. However, Netflix announced that The Crown would return for a sixth and final season in 2020. “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,” creator Peter Morgan said in a statement.
So, who is returning for The Crown season 6? What aspects of the royal family will the show tackle in the final season? From the cast to a possible release date, HollywoodLife has all the latest updates about The Crown season 6.
The Crown season 6 does not have a release date yet. The show was still filming the sixth and final season in March 2023. Previous seasons of the show have dropped in November and December, so season 6 will likely be released in late 2023 or early 2024.
The Crown began filming the final season in September 2022. The cast and crew took a brief hiatus after Queen Elizabeth II’s death. “The Crown is a love letter to [the Queen] and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect,” Peter Morgan said in a statement to Deadline.
In 2023, The Crown was filming scenes at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Dominic West and Ed McVey were spotted filming as Prince Charles and Prince William.
The core royals will be returning for The Crown season 6. This includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Khalid Abdalla is expected to return as Dodi Fayed.
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The new gen royals have been cast for the final season. Ed McVey will play a young Prince William, while Rufus Kampa will play a young Prince Harry. Newcomer Meg Bellamy has joined the cast as Kate Middleton.
Gillian Anderson recently blasted a report that claimed she “refused” to reprise the role of Margaret Thatcher in the final season. “Absolute bollocks,” Gillian tweeted in response to Metro posting about The Sun’s report.
Absolute bollocks https://t.co/MBh4XdzruD
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 10, 2023
The final season of The Crown will focus on the royal family in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The show will address Princess Diana’s tragic death early on in the season. Diana died from injuries she sustained in a Paris car accident on August 31, 1997. She was only 36.
The show was seen recreating the final moments before the fatal car accident in October 2022. Out of respect for the victims and their families, The Crown will not show the accident onscreen.
“We’ve been dreading getting to this point. The countdown is two weeks and while we’re calmly carrying on it’s fair to acknowledge that there’s a certain anxiety; a palpable sense of being slightly on edge. I mean, there’s bombshell sensitivity surrounding this one,” a production source told Deadline ahead of addressing Princess Diana’s death in the series.
The show will likely tackle the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death and how it shaped the royal family. The younger royals will have a bigger role in the final season, and fans will get to see the origins of William and Kate’s romance.
As far as the Queen goes, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1997. The Queen Mother turned 100 in 2000. Sadly, Princess Margaret died in February 2002, with the Queen Mother following less than two months later.
Even though Netflix added another season of The Crown after the show was only going to run for 5 seasons, there are currently no plans for The Crown season 7. Given the recent drama within the royal family, many wondered if Netflix would continue the series to address Prince Andrew’s scandal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior royals, and more.
“To be clear, season 6 will not bring us any closer to present day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail,” Peter said when he announced the sixth and final season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, there was a report that a possible prequel was in the works. Daily Mail reported that the prequel would cover the death of Queen Victoria, Prince Edward VIII’s abdication, and end with Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding in 1947. Variety confirmed that there have been “discussions” about a prequel, but nothing is in development at the moment.
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