Fans of The Crown, we have some very bad news for you. Though it was originally thought that the series would run for at least six seasons, creator Peter Morgan just announced that we’ll only get five seasons of the hit Netflix show.
“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,” Morgan said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
That means anyone hoping to see all the current royal drama surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals play out across your screens or even those waiting for a fictionalized version of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is out of luck. But it’s all the better for Prince Harry, who reportedly hoped this would happen…
The show is currently in production on season four which will continue to feature Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret. (Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby famously originated the roles in the first two seasons.) We’ll also get our first introduction of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) in the fourth season.
Netflix also confirmed that famed British stage actress Imelda Staunton—who some may remember played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films—will take over as Queen Elizabeth in season 5. While it has been standard for each actress chosen to play the role for two seasons, the final queen will only star in one.
“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” she said. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
It’s not clear exactly when seasons four and five will stream, though some expect new episodes to drop this November.