Netflix’s fan-favorite historical drama, ‘The Crown’, follows the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, tracing her journey from her origins to the time she took over the throne and beyond. Created and written by Peter Morgan, it is an extended version of Morgan’s film, ‘The Queen’, which premiered in 2016. Season 1 is centered around Elizabeth’s marriage to Duke Philip while season 2 chronicles the 1956 Suez Crisis and the subsequent birth of Prince Edward in 1964. Season 3 is set between 1964 and 1977.
‘The Crown‘ season 3 premiered on Netflix in November 2019. A critically acclaimed series, it has received praise for its performances, script, direction, historical accuracy, and cinematography. The multiple award winner and extravagant show has managed to garner huge viewerships since its release. Now, the question is, will there be a The Crown season 4? Let’s find out.
The Crown Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Crown’ seasons 1 and 2 star Claire Foy in the titular role of Queen Elizabeth II. Matt Smith plays Prince Philip (Elizabeth’s husband and the Duke of Edinburgh). Vanessa Kirby portrays Princess Margaret, Eileen Atkins is Queen Mary, Jeremy Northam stars as Anthony Eden, Victoria Hamilton plays Queen Elizabeth, Ben Miles is Group Captain Peter Townsend, Greg Wise stars as Louis Mountbatten, Jared Harris enacts the character of King George VI, and John Lithgow is Winston Churchill. Rounding up the lead cast is Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor, Lia Williams as the Duchess of Windsor, Anton Lesser as Harold Macmillan, and Matthew Goode as Antony Armstrong-Jones.
In season 3, Olivia Colman replaces Foy and stars as Elizabeth. Other actors who joined the cast include Jason Watkins, who plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter of ‘Fight Club‘ fame stars as Princess Margaret. Josh O’Connor plays the role of Prince Charles, while Erin Doherty plays Princess Anne. Marion Bailey appears as Queen Mother, and Charles Dance of ‘The Imitation Game‘ fame plays the role of Lord Mountbatten.
Emma Corrin has been cast as Lady Diana Spencer and Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in season 4.
The Crown Plot: What is it about?
‘The Crown’ follows the entire journey of Queen Elizabeth II, starting from her wedlock in 1947 to her current days. The Claire Foy led season 1 revolves around the major events that shaped the British monarchy up to the year 1956. We witness the historical incidents such as Winston Churchill resigning from the position of Prime Minister and Princess Margaret announcing that she would not be marrying Peter Townsend. In season 2, we see the activities revolving around the infamous Suez Crisis of 1956 and the political scandal surrounding the Profumo affair. The second season ends with the birth of Prince Edward.
In season 3, Olivia Colman enacts the character of the Queen, a role she will be enacting in season 4 as well. The story progresses to reveal multiple important events, including the discovery of Elizabeth’s art adviser Sir Anthony Blunt as a Russian spy. Other notable landmarks are Harold Wilson ascending to become the Prime Minister, followed by the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Investiture of Prince Charles in 1969, and the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean. Additionally, it also chronicles the demise of Winston Churchill and sheds light on Princess Margaret’s scandalous, long-term affair with Roddy Llewellyn.
Season 3 sets up the stage for further storylines in season 4 by introducing Camilla Shand and Lady Diana Spencer. They are expected to play more important roles in the fourth season.
‘The Crown’ might be a show that seems like a defensive story about the royal family. But, in reality, it delves deep into the nitty-gritty of politics and attempts to explore how years of handling tough situations can finally lead to the erosion of one’s humanity. ‘The Crown’ does a tremendous job of addressing the internal conflicts of its central characters — a theme that is well-described in its third season. In one of the episodes, we witness how Elizabeth needs to choose between two things – what she is and what she needs to be.
In another episode, a horrible disaster leads to the death of many children in the Welsh town of Aberfan. Elizabeth now needs to decide if she should visit the community or stay at Buckingham Palace. Again, her husband Philip has some sort of a spiritual realization when he witnesses the adventures of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Season 3 also introduces a different side of the Queen, with her taking many harsh decisions. As per her sister Margaret, “The rest of us drop like flies. But she goes on and on.” And Olivia Colman does a marvelous job in enacting this very tough character. We also love the introduction of Josh O’Connor as the young Charles, who narrates two of the episodes from his POV. Prince Charles describes how he feels isolated from the rest of the family and how he gradually distances himself from the political scene of Britain. In one of the episodes, he describes himself as “Not so much an existence but a predicament.” He also says, “I am both free and imprisoned. Utterly superfluous and quite indispensable.”
Behind all the glitz and glitter, ‘The Crown’ manages to capture the sadness of the royal family, who lives within the shackles of its self-imposed confines. Season 4 will attempt to delve further into this story and seeks to expose if the British Royalty is finally able to release some of the tension that is has amassed through all these years.
The Crown Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Crown’ season 3 premiered on November 17, 2019 on Netflix. The series was originally commissioned for 60 episodes that would span six seasons, with 10 one-hour episodes in each season. Which means season 4 has already been greenlit. Although Netflix has not released an official release date yet, you can expect ‘The Crown’ season 4 to release sometime in November 2020.
The Crown Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘The Crown’ season 4 release date, you can watch the official trailer for season 3 below:
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