The Crown May Be Coming To An End, But Series' Creator Already Teases a... Prequel?
That is not what we expected.
- The Crown is a television series produced by Netflix that focuses on the life of the British royal family during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The show has been praised by critics and viewers for its honest yet respectful portrayal of the members of the family, but it was never intended to be a documentary.
- Speaking to Variety, the show's creator, Peter Morgan, mentioned that he has an idea for a prequel to the series, although it is nowhere near production.
When The Crown hit our screens in 2016, there were a lot of questions for both Netflix and the show's creator, Peter Morgan. The show was always destined to be scandalous, as it dealt with one of the most controversial families in not only the history of the United Kingdom but the world.
The influence of Queen Elizabeth II was never in doubt, but many of her decisions and stories surrounding her reign were taken out of context and scandalized to the point where the entire family lost their human status in the eyes of the public. Morgan was determined to make the royal family look human again.
And he succeeded, without the show ever claiming to be a documentary, although that was a pretty big misconception in the public eye.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith, who portrayed the youngest versions of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, and Peter Morgan himself had to do a lot of heavy lifting in this area, explaining the true nature of the show.
Once audiences understood the appeal of peeking behind the mostly closed doors of Buckingham Palace, interest skyrocketed. Now, as the show approaches its biggest tragedy to date, the death of Princess Diana, viewers are once again gathering behind the screens. This time to judge the authenticity of the moment.
After that, however, it won't be long before The Crown comes to an end. But don't worry, there's still plenty more to explore in the lives of Britain's royalty.
Will There Be The Crown Spinoff?
While the majority of viewers would like to see the show continue now that the reign of Queen Elizabeth II has ended with her death, the fate of the original show has already been decided.
All good things must come to an end, and The Crown has reached its. Continuing the show now would be a questionable decision, both ethically and logistically.
However, there is another solution to staying in the beloved universe: going even further back in history and creating a prequel. Fortunately for fans of The Crown and period dramas in general, Peter Morgan is not opposed to the idea. As he shared in an interview for Variety's cover story, it is an idea he may entertain in the future:
“I do have an idea. But first, I need to do some other things. Second, it would need a unique set of circumstances to come together. <...> If I were to go back into ‘The Crown,’ it would definitely be to go back in time,” the writer stated.
It's easy to believe that Morgan, who is already known for his extensive knowledge of the lives of British monarchs, would be willing to wade into this river once again. Although viewers may have to have the patience to wait for these "unique circumstances" to come to life, the end result will always be worth the wait.
The first part of the final season of The Crown is already less than a month away, premiering on Netflix on November 16. The second part, including the grand finale, will hit your screens on December 14.
Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more news and updates on The Crown.