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Victoria Season 4 - What We Know So Far

In 2016, PBS put out their competitor to Netflix's "The Crown" called "Victoria," centered around the life of a young Queen Victoria when she first ascended to the throne of Britain in the 1830s, at only 18 years old. The series stars Jenna Coleman as the title character, an actress many will recognize from "Doctor Who" and the new Netflix true crime series "The Serpent." Based closely on the real Queen Victoria's life, the show covers Victoria's early years as she takes control of unruly statesmen, falls in love with Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes, and becomes a mother. "Victoria" showcases the queen's efforts to balance her home life with her role as a monarch, as things shift quickly in a growing Great Britain.

"Victoria" premiered its first season of eight episodes on August 28, 2016, with Season 2 following closely behind in 2017. The third season took a little longer to come out, with a premiere date of January 13, 2019 in the US, and March 24, 2019 in the UK. After "Victoria" Season 3 was released, the show was slow-going in announcing anything about a possible fourth season, but new word from Coleman hints that a Season 4 is likely on its way.

Here's what we know so far about "Victoria" Season 4.

What is the release date for Victoria Season 4?

Without a clear timeline announced or even a pattern of past season releases to guess when fans might be able to expect a new season, it's really hard to predict a release date for "Victoria" Season 4. In January 2021, Coleman spoke with The Mirror about the future of "Victoria," stating that "We are in the process of discussing it at the moment and timelines. The problem is there's too much story ... Effectively I could play this part until I am well into my 60s." That sounds promising for the future of the show, but it definitely presents a difficulty for the team behind "Victoria."

Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her record in 2015, so there's a lot of story the show could cover over the years. With the similar drama "The Crown," the series switches actors every two seasons as the characters age up. It's unclear how long "Victoria" wants to continue and if Coleman is willing to stick with the role. Focusing solely on "Victoria" Season 4, it appears that everyone involved wants to continue with a fourth season, but it's hard to predict when. If talks are steadily moving along, then it's possible that fans could see new episodes next year.

Who is in the cast of Victoria Season 4?

Aside from Coleman and Hughes, "Victoria" has a huge cast of prominent British actors that many will likely recognize. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Rufus Sewell, who will appear in M. Night Shyamalan's next flick, "Old," plays Lord Melbourne, a friend and longtime mentor of Victoria, while Catherine Flemming plays the queen's mother, the Duchess of Kent. Also in the supporting cast for all three seasons so far are Peter Bowles as the Duke of Wellington, Nell Hudson as Nancy Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley as Mr. Francatelli, and Jordan Waller as Lord Aldred Paget.

Considering who might continue on into "Victoria" Season 4, there are a few people that play key roles in Season 3 that will likely show up in new episodes. In the political sphere, there is Lord Palmerston (Laurence Fox), Lord John Russell (John Sessions), and Feargus O'Connor (Ben Cartwright) of the Chartist movement. There's also Princess Feodora (Kate Fleetwood), Victoria's maternal half-sister, Sophie, the Duchess of Monmouth (Lily Travers), and the footman who Sophie has an affair with, Joseph Weld (David Burnett). Season 4 will probably continue the stories of many of these characters, while also bringing in a handful of new, yet influential people in Queen Victoria's life.

What is the plot of Victoria Season 4?

Season 3 of "Victoria" is jam-packed with excitement and ends on a big cliffhanger, as Prince Albert collapses right in front of Victoria. The season finishes in the year 1851 with the Great Exhibition, an event that Albert helps pioneer. Considering the real Prince Albert didn't die until 1861, there's still a lot left of his story to be told in "Victoria." After the events of Season 3, Queen Victoria also has two more children, Prince Leopold and Princess Beatrice, and the Crimean War begins in 1853.

As for the more personal affairs of "Victoria," Season 4 will likely feature a deeper look at the issues Victoria and Albert face as a couple, such as their disagreements over how to raise the children. At the end of Season 3, the couple argues with Victoria's half-sister Feodora about her decision on who to marry her daughter off to. With nine children of their own, it's a tough decision Victoria and Albert will have to face soon enough as well. Another key character, Lord Palmerston, decides to stay in London with his wife, as the politician dreams of becoming Prime Minister.

Of course, it's also possible that "Victoria" may jump forward in time a bit, as there's a lot of important events to cover over the course of Queen Victoria's long life. Hopefully, as factors surrounding "Victoria" Season 4 become more concrete, there will be more information released about possible plotlines.