‘The Crown’ May Continue After Season 5, Producer Says

There is a chance audiences won’t have to say goodbye to Netflix’s original series, The Crown, when Season 5 is over. 

The show from Peter Morgan began in Nov. 2016, depicting events spanning Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the leader of the British royal family.

Because of the show’s natural time-jumps, the cast has been swapped out every few seasons meaning multiple actresses have portrayed Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family. Claire Foy played the queen in Seasons 1 and 2. Since it premiered, the show has garnered positive reviews from both viewers and critics alike.

Foy’s performance earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards before she stepped down to make way for Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman to depict an older version of Queen Elizabeth II in Seasons 3 and 4, which were filmed back-to-back. 

Netflix announced The Crown’s fifth season would be its last in Jan. 2020, sharing that Imelda Staunton, who played Professor Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, would be the final actress to portray the queen. 

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’ | Netflix

Producer Andy Harries: ‘Plan is ongoing’ for ‘The Crown’ to get new home

With fans waiting for Season 4 to premiere on Netflix later in 2020 knowing The Crown has a finite number of episodes left, producer Andy Harries gave audiences hope there could be more to come after Season 5. 

According to Deadline, during a Banff Media Festival event in London, England, Harries, who is CEO of Left Bank Pictures, said his company owns the right to The Crown as part of its deal with Netflix. 

When asked if the show might have a new home on a new platform or network, Harries didn’t rule out the idea. 

“That’s a very cheeky question. It’s quite well known that Left Bank retained the rights to The Crown… The plan is ongoing,” he said. “It’s still exclusively on Netflix and it stays there for the moment.”

Olivia Colman attends the Season 3 World Premiere of 'The Crown' in London, England, on Nov. 13, 2019
Olivia Colman attends the Season 3 world premiere of ‘The Crown’ in London, England, on Nov. 13, 2019 | Mike Marsland/WireImage

Before fans get too excited about the possibility of more episodes of The Crown, sources later debunked the idea mentioned by Harries. 

Following the event, sources told Deadline despite what the producer said, the series will not be moving forward after Netflix airs the fifth and final season. Although sources reportedly dispelled the idea, it’s certainly still possible (but not likely) because, as Harries said, Left Bank Pictures owns the rights to the show and can decide whether or not they’d like to greenlight additional episodes. 

Peter Morgan originally saw ‘The Crown’ running for six seasons, later settled on five

Morgan, the creator of the award-winning show, has said on numerous occasions he envisioned six seasons to be the right place to end The Crown. However, as the show went on he realized Season 5 would be better.

Peter Morgan attends the premiere of 'The Crown' Season 3 on Nov. 16, 2019
Peter Morgan attends the premiere of ‘The Crown’ Season 3 on Nov. 16, 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

To Morgan it “became clear… that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” he said in the announcement about the show ending after five seasons instead of six. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

Season 4 of The Crown will see the introduction of Diana, Princess of Wales played by actress Emma Corrin. Netflix hasn’t issued a premiere date for future seasons but, based on past release dates, it is believed Season 4 will debut on Netflix in Nov. or Dec. 2020 with Season 5 premiering a year later in 2021.