Olivia Colman returns as Queen Elizabeth II, welcoming the free-spirited Diana Spencer into the royal family, while Margaret Thatcher takes control of the Prime Minister’s office.
Netflix released the trailer of the spectacular period drama series on October 29. And it was exactly what the fans needed to quench their thirst for the royal treat. Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ premieres on November 15, and is anticipated to be the most staggering season with the incorporation of the first female British Prime Minister – Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and people’s princess Lady Diana (Emma Corrin) to the incredible cast. Based on the award-winning play ‘The Audience’, the historical drama series chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the WWII era to the present times. Olivia Colman (playing Queen Elizabeth II) will be back on the throne for another season as the Royal family watches Margaret Thatcher rise to power in British politics.
What’s going to happen in ‘The Crown’ Season 4?
- Peter Morgan’s ‘The Crown’ Season 4 premieres on November 15
- Lady Diana will be featured as the new addition to the royal family
- Tensions rise between Thatcher and the Queen
Two powerful women running Britain’s shop will be an interesting watch
The new season of Peter Morgan’s epic series will resume from the late 70s (1977) which is where season 3 ended. The 30-second trailer predicts that the upcoming season shall focus on the relationship of her highness and the Conservative Prime Minister, alongside the fairy-tale romance of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, followed by some major upheavals Britain went through.
Fans will explore the complicated conjecture of the two most powerful women in the history of Britain, glimpses of which can be seen in the recently launched trailer. Margaret and the Queen are shown having a one-on-one interaction at Buckingham Palace during which Mrs Thatcher tells her majesty that the two were born only six months apart and she was elder to the Queen.
It has already been corroborated that the two ladies did not see eye to eye and Queen Elizabeth II locking horns with the new Prime Minister, will be an extraordinary contest of power as Britain finds itself surrounded by social, political, and economic unrest.
New entrant to the royal family “Lady Diana Spencer” and the highs and lows of her married life with Prince Charles
Emma Corrin will join the cast of ‘The Crown’ as Lady Diana, who married Prince Charles in 1981. Peter Morgan is most likely going to cover the struggles of their infamous marriage across the 80s which led to their separation in 1992. The trailer also gives a glimpse of their iconic royal wedding which makes fans wonder if season 4 will include the ceremony which originally took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK. Emma Corrin talked to RadioTimes.com and answered these speculations, stating that the creators won’t actually show the wedding and she was in the wedding dress only for a fraction of a moment.
“I loved the process of the fittings actually, weirdly, almost more than the wearing it on the day. I had so many fittings for it, I think about probably four or five, and each of one of those was several hours long”, she added.
Besides her turbulent married life, the show may also throw some light on her struggles with Bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder.
Why The Crown season 4 will be the most impactful season of the royal series thus far?
Season 4 will take place during the late 70s and early 80s
Exploring the dynamics between the Queen and Thatcher, season 4 shall show the tension rising between the two, which will only get more bitter when Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, resulting in conflict with the Commonwealth.
‘The Crown’ fans are unsure whether Peter has covered the incident when Michael Fagan, the Buckingham Palace intruder, broke into the Queen’s chambers on July 9, 1982, making it the worst royal security breaches of the 20th century.
The teaser of season 4 also hinted that fans will be able to see Charles and Diana’s royal tour of Australia of 1983. Captions of the posts on the social media handles of ‘The Crown’ give us insightful crumbs to nip on. The poster of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) captioned “Desire will challenge duty” seems to indicate the ties between Charles and Camilla, who later becomes his second wife after Charles divorced Princess Diana.
Is season 4 the penultimate season of ‘The Crown’ series?
Certainly, season 4 cannot provide a satisfactory end to the legacy of the royal family and, is expected to run for another two seasons. Creator Peter Morgan expressed his desire of introducing a new cast for season 5 with Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville taking charge as Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret respectively.
Season 5, which may not return to the streaming service until 2022, will cover the 90s time period. ‘The Crown’ fans can expect Peter to script Queen’s “annus horribilis” of 1992, the car crash that killed Princess Diana in 1997, and several other key events that shaped the future of the royal family.
From rising tensions between the Queen and Thatcher to Princess Diana stepping in as the better half of Prince Charles, season 4 of ‘The Crown’ is giving us a lot to chew on (not that we are complaining). Amidst crumbling economy and increasing political unrest, what challenges will Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher pose to the monarchy, everything will unravel as ‘The Crown’ Season 4 premieres on November 15.