Well, it’s clearly confirmed with this one. The teaser trailer for season 4 of The Crown was very Diana-heavy, with a little bit of Margaret Thatcher on the side. This one neatly flips the ratio and makes it clear that the season will be about how Elizabeth deals with these two very different women, who wielded very different power in very different ways.
Here’s what the show’s writer and executive producer Peter Morgan had to say about Thatcher and The Queen:
“It could be said that they are two very similar women, born only months apart. They are very much defined by the Second World War, by a sense of a sense of frugality, hard work, commitment, Christianity and so much more. It was a commonly held piece of wisdom that the Queen and Thatcher didn’t get on. I think there was probably a lot of respect. But they also had many differences, it was really fun exploring their differences and their similarities. I also get a chance to explore them both as mothers. Writing Thatcher and the Queen as mothers was probably an angle that no one has explored before. It yielded one of my favourite episodes in the season.”
Morgan is not super-great about centering women in his stories (ironically enough, given this series) so that motherhood angle concerns us. And we hate to say it, but the more that gets revealed of Gillian Anderson’s Thatcher, the less it appeals to us. She sounds like she’s speaking through a swatch of wool. Having said that, there’s an instant sense that the energy between her and Colman is unusal and a little strained, which feels right for the relationship. All of the Diana parts continue to look fantastic. Everyone’s going to be talking about Emma Corrin in a month.
And is it us or did they not quite get the hair right?
Season 4 picks up in the late 1970s. 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.
The Crown Season 4 premieres globally on Sunday, November 15.
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