On Saturday, September 24, TUDUM 2022 revealed its fair share of royal news, including the premiere date for Season 5 of The Crown. After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, it was difficult to determine what announcements would spring forth from TUDUM. While The Crown has paused production on Season 6 following the monarch’s passing, Season 5 is still a go.

As this series follows Queen Elizabeth II’s life, we have a new crop of faces behind familiar names this go-round. Imelda Staunton will take over the title role, with Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana. 

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While Netflix is remaining tight-lipped regarding the plot, with the addition of Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Al-Fayed, we might be inching closer to the end of Diana’s life. 

This show is a guilty pleasure for me. I’m not a fan of monarchs, nor do I think they’re necessary, period. I’m aware of this family’s dark colonizer history and the blood on their hands. That said, the writers don’t paint them in a good light. If anything, they hone in on how messy and awful they are. I think Season 5 will showcase unadulterated ugliness with the royal family’s treatment of Diana and their role in her death. 

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If you peek at the official key art for the series below, you’ll see a simple wall with a noticeable crack next to a gilded frame. We’re going to see the royal family crumble this season, whether it’s their public façade, an internal breakage or both. I’m here for it. 

The Crown Season 5 premieres on November 9, 2022, on Netflix. 

Official key art for Season 5 of The Crown, featuring a teal green wall with a crack through it and the edge of a gilded mirror.

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