‘The Crown’ Season 5: Everything We Know So Far

Netflix released the official release date for The Crown Season 5. Created by Peter Morgan, the drama series centers around the British royal family. The show starts with the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and shifts to modern-day England, where Princess Diana changed the royal family forever. Fans of the drama series are eagerly waiting for the next installment. Here’s what we know so far about the fifth season of The Crown.

‘The Crown’ Season 5 premieres in 2022

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During the 2021 TUDUM event, actor Imelda Staunton confirmed The Crown Season 5 would premiere next year. The Harry Potter alum will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II, which Olivia Colman and Claire Foy initially portrayed.

“I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standards that they set,” Staunton said in the teaser. “On behalf of the cast and crew, we look forward to bringing you the next season of The Crown in Nov. 2022.”

Production for The Crown Season 5 began in Jul. 2021. According to Variety, the show took a short break and resumed production in the summer. The outlet said: “The filming break has always been part of The Crown’s production schedule and is not related to the COVID 19 has been helpfully timed.”

The royal drama series will end after season six

Emma Corrin dressed in a red dress in 'The Crown' Season 4
Emma Corrin from ‘The Crown’ Season 4 | Des Willie/Netflix

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Initially, creator and showrunner Peter Morgan wanted the series to end after season five. The final season will close the series, with the Queen’s reign into the 21st century. At first, the original plan was to end the series after season six. But, Morgan decided to deviate from that plan. 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he imagined The Crown ending after the fifth season. “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,” he said at the time. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

However, Morgan chose to follow the original plan. In an interview with Broadcast, the show’s executive producer Suzanne Mackie revealed the series would cover the events in the early 2000s. Also, she shared that the royal drama series will end with season six. 

“Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective,” the producer explained. “I think [Peter] always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it. I don’t think he’ll deviate from that.”

Who is joining ‘The Crown’ Season 5?

The Crown Season 5 will feature a new ensemble cast. Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki stars as Princess Diana, The Wire actor Dominic West portrays Prince Charles, and Lesley Manville plays Princess Margaret. In addition, the series will conclude in the early 2000s. So, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, will not be featured in the series.

All four seasons of The Crown are streaming now on Netflix.