A just-released two-minute trailer for the forthcoming fifth season offers a reminder of what other crises the royal family is experiencing, as dramatized by Peter Morgan and his team. This includes the newsmakers publicly speculating about the royal family's reputation and family members disagreeing on how the monarchy should operate. But with an on-screen tagline of "The beginning of the end," the footage has a double emotional punch because not only is the season one of the final ones for the Emmy-winning series, but the story is also inching closer to Princess Diana's (now played by Elizabeth Debicki) death.
"I won't go quietly. I'll battle til the end," Diana says in the trailer, which you can watch below.
The season sees Queen Elizabeth II approaching the 40th anniversary of her accession, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong, shifting international power creates new problems for Britain. Meanwhile, Prince Charles (Dominic West) is campaigning to be allowed to get a divorce, the media catches wind of the turmoil, and Diana writes a book that exposes issues within the House of Windsor and her own relationship.
And that's all before the Al Fayeds arrive on the scene.
Season 5 of The Crown also stars Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Jonny Lee Miller as John Major, Salim Daw as Mohamed Al Fayed, Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed, Timothee Sambor and Senan West as Prince William, and Teddy Hawley and Will Powell as Prince Harry.
The Crown, overall, has a Metascore of 84. Season 5 has not yet been sent for review, so the new season does not yet have a Metascore.