‘The Crown’ Season 5: Release Date, Plot Details, and Everything Else We Know

Netflix’s The Crown is one of the most ambitious TV series of all time. The show chronicles Queen Elizabeth II and her family’s life from the year of her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947, moving into the end of the 20th century. Thus far, The Crown has showcased five decades of the queen’s life ending with Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tumultuous marriage in the ’80s.

Now, Season 5 is on the horizon; here’s everything we know about what to expect.

Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) in 'The Crown' looking at baby Prince William
Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) in ‘The Crown’ | Des Willie/ Netflix

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ will end after Season 6

After Season 5 premieres, only one season is left before The Crown comes to a thunderous end. Though creator Peter Morgan originally envisions six seasons total, he stunned fans by saying five would do. Then he went back to his initial plan.

“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,” Morgan said in a statement.

Though the series does have two more seasons to press through, it is getting a major shakeup once more.

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‘The Crown’ Season 5 plot details

In Season 5 and Season 6, we’re getting some major cast changes. Imelda Staunton will portray the queen. Jonathan Pryce of Game of Thrones’ fame will be Prince Philip. Lesley Manville will transform into Princess Margaret. Elizabeth Debicki will become Princess Diana, and The Wire’s Dominic West will portray Prince Charles.

Season 5 is set to spotlight the 1990s. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Princess Margaret are in their 60s; Charles, Anne, Camilla in their 40s; Princess Diana in her 30s and the next generation of royals as teens.

Season 5 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce. In Season 6, fans can expect the focus to be on Princess Diana’s death and the royal family’s fallout as a result.

Since Morgan and his writers are pulling from history, a lot can be explored in Season 5. However, he’s already revealed he will not touch Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles’ infamous tampon phone call.

Still, without this infamous moment, there is a ton to touch on including, the Wales’ final royal tour to Japan, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York’s divorce, and of course, the cheating scandal that allowed Princess Anne to divorce her husband.

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‘The Crown’ Season 5 release date

Typically, The Crown premieres just around the holiday season. However, fans should not expect to see Season 5 in 2021. Due to the cast change, as it was between Season 2 and Season 3, there will be a 2-year gap.

According to Variety, producers confirmed principal photography begins in July 2021. This means that Season 5 will debut in late 2022, with Season 6 to follow around the holidays in 2023.