Netflix fans will have to find a new source for their royal drama, as The Crown will officially end with season five. Creator and showrunner Peter Morgan announced the news, along with the reveal that Imelda Staunton has been officially tapped to play Queen Elizabeth for the final season, taking the reigns from Olivia Colman.
"At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," Morgan said in a statement. "I'm grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."
Morgan went on to add that Harry Potter star and BAFTA award-winner Staunton will be "taking The Crown into the 21st Century," after the series's current stars — which include Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies — bid farewell to their roles in 2020's season four.
Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of original content, made a statement saying the first three seasons of The Crown "defined an era, and I know the upcoming fourth season will build further on that success." Calling the series a "stunning example of award-winning entertainment," Holland supported Morgan's decision to end the series earlier than expected and added that she was excited to see how the cast and crew bring the series to an end. It's fair to say that any faithful fan of the landmark series feels the same way! Season four of the series is slated to premiere later this year, welcoming Gillian Anderson as UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin as a young Diana Spencer, with the final season most likely arriving in 2021.