The Crown season 3: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about The Crown season 3, including the release date on Netflix, the trailer, synopsis and more!

The third season of Netflix’s acclaimed royal drama The Crown is finally due to arrive this November. Prepare yourself for the return trip to Buckingham Palace with this guide to everything we know about the new run so far.

Release Date

The first two seasons were just a year (well, technically 13 months) apart, but due to the big changes to production following season 2 (more on that in a moment!), season 3 has taken a long time in getting here. Production started way back in July 2018. Netflix held it back until now to fill the show’s usual fall slot.

The Crown season 3 will be with us just one month shy of two years after season 2 when it arrives on Netflix on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

Trailer

As you can see in the trailer below, season 3 is all about change – both in terms of the cast, the time period and the interpersonal relationships of the Windsor family.

Cast

Claire Foy and Matt Smith were both widely applauded for their performances as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in the series’ first two seasons.The Crown moving into the couple’s middle years necessitated a recasting.

The Oscar-winning Olivia Colman was hired as the show’s new leading lady way back in November 2017, with fans overjoyed at her appointment. The search for a new Phillip went on much longer, with Avengers star Paul Bettany initially attached before he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. In March 2018, Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Outlander) got the job.

Replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret is Helena Bonham Carter, who has claimed that she contacted the late princess via a seance for advice on how to play her. Ben Daniels is stepping into Matthew Goode’s shoes as her husband, Lord Snowden.

Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty and Marion Bailey round out the royal clan as Princess Anne, Prince Charles and the Queen Mother, respectively. Jason Watkins is the latest British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.

Synopsis

Following on from the previous years, season 3 will cover another decade or so of the Queen’s life, this time stretching from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

Here is the synopsis, via Netflix:

The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain. From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world. 

We also know that this season will explore Margaret’s affair with gardener Roddy Llewellyn, Charles having to choose between Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) and Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell) and the tragic Aberfan disaster of 1964 – this will have an entire episode dedicated to it.

The fourth season… and beyond?

Don’t worry, The Crown fans, the show looks set to stay. With its constant award season buzz and high viewer engagement, Netflix is very unlikely to pull the plug on the drama any time soon. And, yes, a fourth season is already in the works.

Season 4 will move forward into the late 70s and 80s. Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Sex Education) has been hired to play Margaret Thatcher, Wilson’s successor as Prime Minister. Filming began this October so we’d expect the fourth run to be with us sometime in 2020, probably November or December again.

After that, we’re also due for two more seasons. Creator Peter Morgan has a clear plan outlined for 60 episodes stretching across six seasons. The fifth and sixth seasons would presumably cast an older actress to play the Queen in her autumn years. It’s theorized that Helen Mirren will take over the part, as she previously did in Morgan’s 2006 movie The Queen, but this isn’t official yet.

Now you’re fully up to date thanks to our royal recap, get ready for The Crown season 3!

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