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The Crown Season 7 Renewal Status & Possible Release Date

The Crown Season 7 Renewal Status & Possible Release Date

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There was some hesitancy from the British public when The Crown was first announced. Fears that it would be “fake history” or a sensationalized, tabloid-esque view of the monarchy were everywhere.

But for the past seven years it’s been a critical and commercial success, and with season 6 on the horizon, fans are anxious to hear what’s coming next for the show.

Is it possible that Netflix could renew The Crown for a seventh season? Or is there another form of the show in the works that’s not a direct continuation? Below we dig into all the current news about The Crown, including whether it’s truly over and what the creator wants to do next.

Will There Be A Season 7 Of The Crown?

Netflix confirmed that there will be no season 7 of The Crown; season 6 is the final season.

Season 6 of The Crown aired its four-episode part one on November 16th. The final six episodes will premiere on December 14th. The last season is airing just a year over the death of the real Queen Elizabeth on September 8, 2022.

Actress Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown TV series

Her passing actually changed the creator’s plans for the show. Peter Morgan was almost done writing season 6 when the Queen died in 2022.

Morgan told Variety, “I had to try and find a way in which the final episode [of season 6] dealt with the character’s death, even though she hadn’t died yet.”

Morgan felt compelled to recognize “how deeply everybody will have felt [the experience of her funeral]” in the final season, even though its timeline won’t run up to 2022.

But it wasn’t the Queen’s death that made Morgan decide to end the show. Morgan said that he’d already planned for Queen Elizabeth II’s story in The Crown to stop in 2005. While he did go back and forth on whether the show should be five or six seasons, he had the end timeframe in mind for a long time.

Why The Crown Won’t Have A Seventh Season

The Crown is ending with season 6 because the show has come too close to current events to be compelling. It could also cause a conflict for Netflix if the show portrays too much of Harry and Megan.

The closer the show gets to the present day, the less compelling it is for fans. Season 7 was always unlikely because audiences are already familiar with more current events. In addition, the show would be under even more pressure to accurately portray the Royal Family’s history because of everyone’s familiarity with their lives.

Morgan made the decision to stop The Crown once it reached 2005. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he has a “20-year rule.”

“That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance.”

He referenced Megan and Harry, the royals who stepped away from their senior duties in 2020 amidst accusations of negative pressure from the royal family.

Morgan explained, “Megan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end.” It would be too difficult to include them and other recent events without knowing how much impact they’ll really have within the history of the royal family.

William, Charles, and Harry in The Crown season 6

Executive producer Suzanne Mackie agreed with Morgan sentiments in an interview with Broadcast Now. “We all know these stories,” she said, “but what Peter [Morgan] does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way.”

“The minute he starts trying to do that sooner [than after 10 or 20 years], it will inevitably feel contrived or artificial.”

Finally, because Megan and Harry would have to be covered if the series continued, it could cause a conflict of interest with Netflix. The streaming service is already in a $100 million development deal with the royal couple, according to Forbes.\ A season of The Crown that includes them would force Netflix to choose between supporting one popular show while alienating partners who could be just as, if not more, successful.

The Crown Could Continue With a Prequel Series

Instead of another season, show creator Peter Morgan hopes to do a prequel series set before Elizabeth II’s reign. In fact, talks about a prequel have apparently been going on for quite a while.

A trusted Variety source reported in 2022 that the producer of The Crown, Left Bank Pictures, was discussing the idea with Netflix. They said that the story would begin with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901.

Then, the story would run until 1947 with the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II. This would bridge the gap to the main storyline of the current seasons of The Crown.

Charles and Diana in The Crown TV series

But other than that, Peter Morgan himself is keeping the details to himself. He said to Variety, “First, I need to do some other things. Second, it would need a unique set of circumstances to come together.”

So, it will likely be a while before Morgan even gets around to developing his idea further. That means it will be even longer for a confirmation of another season or prequel series, let alone a release date.

There is good news for fans of The Crown, though. Netflix head Ted Sarandos is on board with continuing to work with Morgan.

“I have absolute faith in Peter,” he told Variety. “And if he believes there are stories to be told there, we definitely would explore it.”