In January, Netflix assured its viewers that its fifth season of The Crown would be the last. Now, in a rather well received U-turn, the series has been renewed for a sixth season.
Writer and creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, said that: “As we started to discuss the story lines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.”
He continued that: “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
Earlier in the year, Morgan had said that the fifth season was the “perfect time and place to stop” for the show, and that his decision had been supported by both Sony and Netflix.
The Crown first appeared on Netflix in 2016, with Claire Foy playing the newly coronated Queen. The third season was released late last year, with Olivia Colman playing the monarch, following her life in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Vice president of Netflix’s original content, Cindy Holland, said that: “We can’t wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season,” she continued, “and we’re proud to support Peter’s vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season.”
A release date for the fourth season is yet to be announced.