When it comes to the next series of episodes, Deadline reported earlier this year that production would begin in June 2021. However, according to prior seasons’ upcoming releases, the show’s final season will come on Netflix sometime during November or early December of 2022. As a result, principal photography will take twice as long as it did between seasons three and four. The longer break is not related to the COVID-19 global epidemic, which had disrupted numerous other film and television production plans but rather reflects the long stretch between seasons two and three when The Crown developed a new cast.
Queen Elizabeth will be played by Downton Abbey and Harry Potter celebrity Imelda Staunton; Prince Philip will be played by Game of Thrones cast member Jonathan Pryce. J. Lee Miller will play John Major, and Princess Margaret’s role will be played by The Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville, following Helena Bonham Carter’s cheeky portrayal of the queen’s baby sister. Elizabeth Debicki will portray Princess Diana in The Crown’s last two seasons, replacing Emma Corrin, Netflix announced in August. Dominic West, who played Prince Charles in The Affair, has been recruited to stand in for Josh O’Connor’s role as a seasoned prince.
Accordingly, the season finale will focus primarily on the queen’s connection with Prime Minister John Major, her self-proclaimed “annus horribilis” of 1992, and her response to her cousin Margaret’s rapidly worsening condition. Diana’s sad death in a 1997 automobile accident and Charles and Diana’s 1992 breakup and 1996 divorce are also included in that time frame. Also, we’ll get to witness Princes Harry and William in their tweens and adolescence, and there will be enough fantastic moments to fuel the latest wave of ’90s nostalgia. Well, the final season sounds like a great conclusion to the story, so we are excitedly waiting for it.