Season 4 trailer for The Crown sets up tragedy


With its season four trailer, Netflix is moving The Crown ever-closer to modern times, with the 20th century in its second half, nearing one of its most shocking public tragedies.

Olivia Colman returns as Queen Elizabeth II, whose familial obligations involve the marriage of eldest son Charles (Josh O’Connor), as the years ebb and a line of succession need be forged. Marrying Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (Emma Corrin) would seemingly be a happy union for Charles, though as the trailer clearly dictates: This is no fairytale.

Featuring the divisive politics of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and no shortage of peak-Cold War international tensions, the new season should harbor no shortage of historical intrigue for the eager and invested.

The Crown is confirmed to run for six seasons at Netflix, with those future fifth and sixth seasons set to cover similar timeframes, the extended episode count allowing for greater detail. But while there’s still a ways to go, we’ve got season four to tide us over.

Featuring a terrific cast with the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Erin Doherty, Emerald Fennell, Marion Bailey, and Tom Byrne, The Crown is lavish a production as always. Also set to appear is the always-amazing Charles Dance, reprising his role as The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Creator Peter Morgan returns to lead the scripts, of course.

It’s not long now, with season four of The Crown set for a mid-November release in time for the changing of the leaves and the chilling of the temperature. The Crown returns to Netflix on November 15, 2020.