“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” the show’s writer and creator Peter Morgan said in a statement.
Morgan, 57, continued: “To be clear, series six will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
“To be honest, whatever the life of ‘The Crown’ is after where we are now, I doubt we’ll ever go as far into the present day,” the show’s executive producer Suzanne Mackie told PA, according to the BBC. “I think we’ll probably — we won’t travel into the present day.”
Morgan’s switch to have one more season of “The Crown” follows the announcement that Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II. The role was first played by Claire Foy and then Olivia Colman.
Due to the extra season, the show writer revealed Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth for one more season “before she passes the crown to Imelda Staunton.”
Vanessa Kirby previously played Margaret before the role was taken on by Helena Bonham Carter.