Netflix has released a new trailer for Season 4 of The Crown. Season 4 promises to be the most explosive season yet as the 1980s were a reckoning for the British monarchy with the personalities of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) entering the fray. If you’ve been following The Crown over its first three seasons, you can see how the show is pro-monarchy, but derives its conflict from how the tradition the monarchy presents are not always able to meet the political moment nor the personal desires of those involved. Season 4 looks like it will be a two-hander with Thatcher presenting the political problems while the triangle between Diana, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), and Camilla Parker-Bowles (Emerald Fennell) threatens the stability of the Royal Family.
Although The Crown still has two seasons after this one, in some ways it feels like the show is entering its endgame, especially with regards to Diana. For the Royal Family, duty is supposed to come before personal desires, which has led to heartbreaking and disappointment. If the first three seasons were about how the Royal Family believed that they could keep the status quo, the introduction of Diana shows how it will be upended by a person who not only played the press better than they did, but also was the victim of Prince Charles’ philandering. The Royal Family expected Diana and Charles to swallow their unhappiness, and that was a bad bet.
Check out The Crown Season 4 trailer below. The fourth season arrives on Netflix on November 15th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Crown:
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.