Did you see the mouse in The Crown season 4?

Picture shows: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Image courtesy Des Willie/Netflix
Picture shows: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Image courtesy Des Willie/Netflix /

Did anyone else see the mouse scurry across the floor on The Crown season 4?

There are a lot of crazy things that happened on The Crown season 4. The craziest of all may have been the mouse.

You saw the mouse, right?

If you didn’t, you’ll want to rewatch The Crown season 4, episode three. You don’t have to wait too long. Just more than a minute into the episode, watch the floor at the front of the shot. You’ll see a small mouse scurry across the floor and under the rug.

Yep, it’s there. It’s fast. But it’s definitely there.

And absolutely nobody around remarks that this mouse appeared. Of course, they’re busy waiting around the phone for Prince Charles to confirm he’s proposed to Diana (without getting down on bended knee). In fact, only the Queen Mother is in the shot, and maybe her eyesight isn’t supposed to be good enough to see the mouse from the distance she’s at.

Intended or mouse-gate on The Crown season 4?

The big question now is whether the mouse was even supposed to be there. Was this some mechanical mouse that the producers included to make a point of the state of the buildings?

Look, the Royal Family lives in luxury, but the houses are falling to pieces. During episode five, Fagan (the guy who broke into Buckingham Palace) points out that the paint is chipped and the wallpaper is peeling. He’d know being a painter and decorator.

And the location of the houses suggests that mouses would be around. Even those in the middle of London would have to deal with mice or rats from the river.

But was this foreshadowing Fagan’s comment about the house not being everything it should be considering the Royal Family’s position? Or was it simply a mouse on the set that nobody noticed during filming or in editing.

If it was a mistake, at least it’s a believable one. Sure, we’re all talking about it, but it’s not a glaringly obvious case of bad editing like a certain fantasy series with a Starbucks cup.

The Crown‘s Twitter feed has at least just played along with the inclusion. It’s not something that needs to be edited out now, but maybe one day we’ll get an answer to our question.

The Crown season 4 is now available to stream on Netflix.

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