Erin Jensen, USA TODAY
Published 10:46 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2020 | Updated 11:02 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2020
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While Queen Elizabeth II is still enjoying her long-running reign, Netflix’s “The Crown” is relinquishing its throne.
The streaming service confirmed the series centered on the British royals will end with its fifth season, with Imelda Staunton’s portrayal of the matriarch. Fans hoping the show would tackle the modern era of the royals, including, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to step back from the royal family, will be disappointed.
“Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman,” series creator, writer and executive producer Peter Morgan said in a statement.
Morgan shared that initially he saw the show completing an additional season, but had a change of heart.
“At the outset I had imagined ‘The Crown’ running for six seasons, but now that we have begun work on the stories for Season 5 it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” he said. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
Friday morning, the official Twitter account for the series shared a statement from Staunton conveying her enthusiasm to be part of the cast.
“I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking the crown to its conclusion,” she said.
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Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth and final season of The Crown. pic.twitter.com/hUOob58A9p
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) January 31, 2020
The third installment of “The Crown” dropped in November.
It depicted Britain’s rocky transition into the modern era, including Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s tenure, the devaluation of the pound, the Aberfan disaster and the 1972 mining strike. The royal family also struggles to reckon with modernity, as Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones’ marriage collapses, a documentary explores the Windsors’ inner workings, and Prince Charles meets his first love, Camilla Shand.
In reviewing the season, USA TODAY’s TV critic Kelly Lawler noted an absence of the queen.
“Colman is conspicuously absent through much of the season, which focuses more heavily on Phillip, Margaret and Charles, and her role in her family members’ stories is nominal at best,” Lawler writes. “Despite the marquee position of Colman in the opening credits, ‘Crown’ doesn’t feel like her show.”
Contributing: Kelly Lawler
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