'The Crown' Season 4 Will Premiere in November

(Photo: Netflix)

Hot on the heels of multiple big-name casting announcements for the final two seasons of Netflix's lavish period drama The Crown comes the news that Season 4 finally has an official release date. 

The fourth season will officially launch on Netflix on Sunday, November 15, and its announcement serves as a timely reminder that as exciting as some of the recent news has been, we've all kind of forgotten that there's an entire full season with the show's current cast left to go before we get there. 

Season 4 will be the final appearances for stars Olivia ColmanTobias MenziesHelena Bonham Carter, among others, as the show ages up the British royals one more time before the final stretch. (Their roles will be taken over by Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, and Lesley Manville when the show returns for its fifth season.) The fourth season is expected to cover the late '70s and early '80s, time-wise. 

Netflix released a teaser trailer for the new season, which gives virtually nothing away, plot-wise. Yet, it's still extremely exciting as it gives us our first glimpses of Gillian Anderson as the Iron Lady, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Emma Corrin as a Diana Spencer. Glimpse is perhaps a kind word, though - we really only see the backs of their heads. 

The teaser also hints that Season 4 will include Charles and Diana's famous wedding, with a shot of her iconic dress. 

Fans may want to especially savor this run of episodes, as it's unlikely that The Crown will return for Season 5 before 2022. The series isn't expected to resume filming until June of next year - a potential blessing during this time of coronavirus restrictions - and will produce its final two seasons back-to-back. 

What do you think of the teaser? Are you looking forward to the return of The Crown? Let's discuss in the comments. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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