All good things must come to an end, and that includes Netflix’s six-season drama about Queen Elizabeth II, “The Crown.”
Netflix released the first teaser for the final episodes of the Emmy-winning series this morning, while also announcing that the final season will be split into two parts: Part 1 (four episodes) will debut on November 16, 2023; Part 2 (six episodes) follows on December 14, 2023.
The cast, which largely changes actors every two seasons, continues with the actors from season five, including Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
New this season are Rufus Kampa and Ed McVey as Prince William and Fflyn Edwards and Luther Ford as Prince Harry. Don’t expect an appearance from Meghan Markle: The final season ends with the beginnings of William’s relationship with Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy), circa 2005.
Part 1 focuses on Princess Diana’s budding relationship with Dodi Fayed and the tragic car accident in 1997. In Part 2, Prince William attempts to “reintegrate into life at Eton following the death of his mother as the monarchy rides the wave.” “must” of public opinion,” says a press release.
“The crown is a semblance of permanence,” explains the voiceover in the Season 6 trailer. “It’s what you are, not what you do… It’s not a choice. It’s a duty.”
The series, whose avid fans go down Wikipedia rabbit holes after each season to learn the “truth” behind many of the big and small moments depicted in the series, is not without controversy. Last season, Judi Dench criticized the show and called for a warning before episodes were broadcast, pointing out that the show was fictional and calling it an “inaccurate and hurtful portrayal of history”.
“Given some of the hurtful suggestions that appear to be contained in the new series – that King Charles was plotting his mother’s abdication, for example, or that he once suggested that his mother’s upbringing was so poor that she might have deserved a prison sentence – this is both cruel unfair “No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but that cannot go unchallenged.”
“The Crown” has so far failed to preface episodes of the series with any note.
Since its premiere in 2016, “The Crown” has been nominated for 69 Emmys and won 21. It has also launched the careers of Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, among others.
Check out the first teaser for Season 6 below: