Long live The Crown! Netflix adds a final sixth season

  • Netflix has extended the royal drama for a sixth and final season.
  • In February the streaming service announced that the series will end after the fifth season.
  • Writer/creator Peter Morgan said to do justice to the complexity of the story they had to go back to the original plan of six seasons.

Netflix has extended royal drama, The Crown for a sixth season.

In February, the streaming service announced that the hit television series would end after the fifth season.

Creator Peter Morgan said in a statement: "At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop."

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On Thursday, Netflix announced a change of plans and confirmed and sixth and final season on Twitter.

"News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of The Crown Netflix, in addition to the previously announced five."

Writer/creator Peter Morgan 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.

"So to summarise – we'll have one more season with Queen Olivia Colman, before she passes the crown to Imelda Staunton. We're just halfway through! Lovely."

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In a statement to Variety Peter added that "series six will not bring us any closer to present-day - it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail."

"The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season. We can't wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we're proud to support Peter's vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season," said Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix.

Imelda Staunton has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret for the fifth season.