Good news, royal fans! The Crown has been extended for a sixth season.
It was previously announced that The Crown would end after the fifth season but creator Peter Morgan has now changed his mind and decided to end the royal drama after season six.
“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. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
The extension of the series means that Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth for one more season before Imelda Staunton takes over the role in the final season.
Back in January, Morgan made the unexpected announcement that The Crown would end after season five. “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,” Morgan said at the time. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
Season six will bring the story up to the early 2000s, which is before both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle joined the royal family. Morgan has been clear that it was never his intention to cover the royal family up to the modern era.