‘The Crown’ Season 6: A Royal Farewell and Intriguing Storylines
Seven years have elapsed since ‘The Crown‘ elevated royal TV drama to cinematic heights, and now its sixth and final season is upon us. But make no mistake; it won’t be bowing out quietly. While lauded for its meticulous historical portrayal, the series has courted controversy as it delved into recent history, painting vivid, albeit fictional, pictures of intrigue within palace walls.
In the previous season, Sir John Major criticized its accuracy, and Dame Judi Dench, in a letter to The Times, called for a disclaimer at the start of each episode, decrying the show’s penchant for blurring the lines between historical facts and sensationalism. Nevertheless, ‘The Crown’ has managed to maintain its status as one of the most buzzed-about series on television.
So, what lies ahead in season six? The media has already buzzed with outrage over blurry photos from the set in Paris, depicting the final hours of Princess Diana. Elizabeth Debicki, who portrays Diana, assures that everyone involved has striven for sensitivity, truth, and complexity in their portrayal.
This season also marks the first since the passing of Queen Elizabeth. Executive producer Andy Harries shared, “I think that the passing of Her Majesty undoubtedly impacted us all, especially Peter Morgan, the series’ creator and lead writer. It didn’t fundamentally alter the show, but it did bring about a change, a subtle shift that will become apparent when you watch it.” Suzanne Mackie, another executive producer, revealed that Morgan referred to the series as a “love letter to the Queen.”
What else can we expect from this new season?
The Crown Season 6: Release Date and Episode Count
While the official release date for Season 6 of ‘The Crown’ remains unconfirmed, it is expected to follow the pattern of previous series and premiere in November. The upcoming season will consist of ten episodes.
The Crown Season 6 Cast
Season 6 of ‘The Crown’ will largely retain its main cast from the previous season, as outlined below. However, two newcomers, Ed McVey and Luther Ford, will step into the roles of William and Harry, respectively. Notably, McVey’s striking resemblance to the prince during his earlier years has already generated significant interest. Additionally, newcomer Meg Bellamy will portray Kate Middleton in the series.
• Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
• Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
• Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales
• Dominic West as Charles, the Prince of Wales
• Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
• Marcia Warren as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
• Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles
• Claudia Harrison as Anne, the Princess Royal
• James Murray as Prince Andrew, the Duke of York
• Emma Laird Craig as Sarah, Duchess of York
• Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed
• Salim Daw as Mohamed Al Fayed
• Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair
• Lydia Leonard as Cherie Blair
The Crown Season 6: Potential Storylines
While Netflix remains tight-lipped about the details, we can speculate on some of the storylines that may unfold in what is expected to be another captivating ten-episode season:
- Princess Diana’s Summer Romance with Dodi Fayed (1997): Following the depiction of Dodi Fayed’s relationship with American model Kelly Fisher in the previous season, Season 6 is likely to explore how he initiated a relationship with Princess Diana. This season may shed light on their well-documented summer escapade aboard his father’s yacht in the Mediterranean, a story that garnered substantial media attention.
- Princess Diana’s Tragic Passing (1997): The circumstances surrounding Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997 are expected to be a significant part of the season’s narrative. While it’s unclear if this will be part of the same episode as her summer romance, reports of filming near the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, where the accident occurred, suggest that the series will address this poignant moment. Netflix has assured viewers that the exact moment of the crash will not be depicted, emphasizing a delicate and thoughtful approach to the portrayal.
- Prince William’s Romance with Kate Middleton at University (2001): Season 6 is likely to delve into the blossoming romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton during their time at St Andrew’s University. Viewers can anticipate a recreation of the moment when William was captivated by Kate as she walked down the runway in a sheer dress during a fashion show. Whether Prince Harry’s partying and his relationship with Chelsy Davy will be included remains uncertain.
- The Passing of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret (2002): Within weeks of each other, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret passed away in 2002. Season 6 may provide additional scenes featuring Marcia Warren as the Queen Mother, allowing for a more in-depth exploration of this historical period.
- The Queen’s Golden Jubilee (2002): The season may also spotlight the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, during which she embarked on a series of royal tours throughout the Commonwealth and the UK to express her gratitude to the people for their unwavering loyalty.
As Netflix continues to keep fans in suspense, these potential storylines offer a glimpse into the fascinating historical events and personal moments that may unfold in ‘The Crown’ Season 6.
Tony Blair’s Tenure (1997-2007): Bertie Carvel, portraying Tony Blair since season five, is poised to play a significant role in this season. Given Peter Morgan’s previous exploration of Blair’s interactions with the Queen following Princess Diana’s passing in ‘The Queen,’ this season may shift its focus. However, it’s inevitable that the series will address the events surrounding 9/11 and its aftermath. With protests against the Iraq war and the Queen’s regular meetings with her embattled prime minister, we can anticipate riveting depictions.
Prince Charles and Camilla’s Marriage (2005): An episode dedicated to this event is expected to bring the future king’s love story full circle, possibly marking the culmination of royal events depicted in the series.
Harry’s Romance with Meghan? Not on the Horizon. Peter Morgan has explicitly stated, “Meghan and Harry are currently navigating their own journey, and I can’t predict its course or conclusion. While we hope for their happiness, I am more at ease writing about events that transpired at least two decades ago.” This choice provides clarity and allows us to appreciate historical storytelling.
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