The Crown To Pause Production With Season 5 Not Dropping Until 2022

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While we will be lucky enough to have new episodes of Netflix’s The Crown dropping later this year, fans better savour the royal drama as it will be quite a wait before the next season even starts filming, let alone airing.

Deadline reports that the hit series is heading into a production break, with cameras not set to start rolling again until June next year. With this production schedule, it appears that fans will have no new episodes in 2021 and will have to wait until 2022 for season 5. However, this is one production delay that can’t be blamed on coronavirus; it’s just awfully good timing for the cast and crew.

According to Deadline, the break in production was always built into the schedule and “is not related to the coronavirus pandemic”. They do state though that “sources acknowledged that the hiatus has been helpfully timed”.

Production on the upcoming fourth season was wrapped just before the COVID-mandated shutdown came into effect. That season sees Olivia Colman once again take the lead as Queen Elizabeth II, having taken over the role from Claire Foy for season 3. As the series heads into the late 70s/early 80s, season 4 sees the introduction of Gillian Anderson as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. This will be Colman’s final season as the monarch before Imelda Staunton assumes the crown for the series’ final two seasons.

The passing of the crown from Colman to Staunton could have played a part in the planned production break. A similar break took place between seasons 2 and 3 when Colman took over from Foy. The sixth season of The Crown will likely shoot in 2022 for a 2023 release.

Clare Sidoti
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