“The Crown” is Ending After Season 5

Olivia Colman in "The Crown"

There comes a time when every queen sets down her crown, and for Netflix fans, the time is nigh…

It was originally believed that The Crown would culminate after six seasons. This would allow each of the three actresses who play Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to do so for two seasons each. But alas, it is not meant to be. 

The streaming service has confirmed that the drama, which depicts the lives of the British royal family, will end after season five. 

The third season of the series was released at the end of last year, with Olivia Colman taking over the lead role from Claire Foy. The Oscar-winning actress will continue as the monarch until season five, when she will be replaced by Imelda Staunton, who will portray the iconic figure in her latter years. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st Century,” confirmed creator Peter Morgan. “Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”

Season 4 of The Crown has already been filmed, though no release date has been announced.