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The Crown takes real-life plot twist as Netflix provides update on sixth season

By James Fenton

July 9, 2020 at 4:17pm

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The Crown will be returning for a sixth season as initially planned, despite an announcement earlier this year that the series will finish after five.

Back in January, fans of The Crown were left disappointed when it was announced that the series will wrap up after five seasons instead of six, as initially planned. However, it appears Netflix's major hit based on the British Royal Family will have a sixth season after all.

Netflix announced today that The Crown will once again be made up of six seasons, meaning that viewers are now only halfway through the story of Queen Liz and her royal relatives. The original plan for the show was to have six seasons, with the cast changing after every two. Fans had already seen Olivia Colman playing Queen Elizabeth throughout season three after she took over the role from Claire Foy.

In January, it was decided that Colman will play the monarch for one more season as planned before passing the baton to Imelda Staunton for a fifth and final season. Still with us? Good.

The reasons today's real-life plot twist were explained by The Crown creator Peter Morgan, who said: "As we started to discuss the storylines 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.”

Wonderful news for fans of The Crown. Let's just hope that the creators stick with the new plan, which is actually the old plan. We're going for a lie-down.

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