We think we speak on behalf of all of humanity when we say…
OH GOD SHOOT IT IN OUR VEINS NOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE SUCKS SO BAD
Or words to that effect.
If we’re being honest about it, with some time and distance from it, we can say that the third season of The Crown was a bit of a letdown. We don’t think the new cast was the problem so much as it was the rigidity of its storytelling and creator Peter Morgan’s ideas about who in this circle can be criticized and who tends to get a more sympathetic portrayal. We still can’t believe they completely skipped Princess Anne’s kidnapping, wedding and Olympics appearance – especially since Erin Doherty’s casting was just flawless. Knowing the show’s blind spots, we don’t have a lot of faith that the Diana portrayal will be to her fans’ liking.
But we are SO READY for all the drama her arrival portends, not to mention all the eye-popping ‘80s fashion. All that and we’re getting Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher? Even if they screw this all up, we can’t imagine the results won’t be entertaining on some level, even if they’re entertainingly infuriating. Just imagine the costume posts we’ll get to do!
Besides, season five is giving us Elizabeth Debicki as Diana (not to mention Imelda Staunton as the Queen) and THAT is a reason to stick with this show all the way to the end.
As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.
Cast: Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Marion Bailey as The Queen Mother, Emma Corrin as Diana Spencer.
“The Crown” Season 4 premieres November 15th.
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