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The Crown Season 6 - What We Know So Far

Netflix's hit period drama "The Crown" has enticed viewers with its dramatic retelling of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, and thankfully for fans, it still has two more seasons left in store. Starting with the queen's wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, "The Crown" details significant moments of Britain's royal family, and viewers from all over the world can't get enough. In fact, 73 million households have streamed the series since 2016 with 21 million homes streaming Season 3 in its first four weeks, BBC reported as of January 2020. "The Crown" has also taken the industry by storm, winning 21 Emmy Awards and seven Golden Globes for the first four seasons (via IMDb).

Fans were concerned when Netflix announced early last year that the series was ending after Season 5, but the show's creator, Peter Morgan, saved the day and revealed that they would be sticking to the original plan of "The Crown" having six seasons. Deadline confirmed that Imelda Staunton will be playing Queen Elizabeth for the last two seasons, following in the footsteps of the previous Queen Elizabeth actresses, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, who also starred for two seasons each.

Here's everything we know so far about Season 6 of "The Crown."

When will Season 6 of The Crown release?

As of now, there is not a specific release date for Season 6, which isn't too surprising given that Season 5 just began production in July and has a release window of November 2022, per Deadline. Unfortunately for fans, that means there's still over a year to wait until the next season of "The Crown," and an even longer wait for Season 6. 

So far, each season has been released close to within a year of each other except for the upcoming Season 5, which will be released almost two years after Season 4, Deadline also reported. The longer hiatus was announced to have always been part of the production schedule and isn't due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although it was aptly timed. With this in mind, it seems like we won't be seeing Season 6 of "The Crown" until at least fall 2023 or possibly early 2024. 

Who will star in Season 6 of The Crown?

Since roles have been recast in every other season of "The Crown," Seasons 5 and 6 will feature a brand new cast to personify Queen Elizabeth and her family members. As Season 4 ended in 1990, Seasons 5 and 6 will see the queen's reign up until the early 2000s. Imelda Staunton is set to replace Olivia Colman as England's monarch, with Jonathan Pryce set to star opposite her as Prince Philip, replacing Tobias Menzies. 

Dominic West will be taking over for Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles while Elizabeth Debicki will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Also joining the cast for Seasons 5 and 6 will be Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, taking over for Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Olivia Williams replacing Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles. Per Deadline, Jonny Lee Miller and Khalid Abdalla are set to play John Major and Dodi Fayed, respectively, in Season 5, however it is unclear if they will also appear in Season 6.

What is the plot of The Crown's Season 6?

According to Deadline, Season 6 of "The Crown" will follow the royal family's lives up until the early 2000s, and given that Season 4 ends with the departure of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) in 1990, there's plenty of royal drama in subsequent years that the series' creators can use in the new seasons. Season 4 also sees the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana turn cold, so the following seasons could dive into their separation and subsequent divorce in 1996. Of course, the following year is when Princess Diana passed away in a car accident, and "The Crown" is likely to cover this tragedy in some shape or form.

Queen Elizabeth's other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, all have scandals of their own that "The Crown" could certainly tap into as well. For one, Princess Anne divorced her husband of nearly 20 years, Mark Philips, in 1992 then married a royal staff member immediately after, while Prince Andrew divorced Sarah Ferguson in 1996. The early 2000s also saw the death of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, as well as Prince Charles' marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles (Britannica). So really, there's no shortage of real royal history that "The Crown" could include in its final season.