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The Crown Season 6: An alright end to an incredible show


As Netflix’s The Crown season 6 ends, fans are left with a bittersweet finale. The final chapter of this captivating historical drama leaves a mixed bag of emotions. From the ornate sets to the gripping dialogue, The Crown concludes an era of regal storytelling about a family like no other, but this begs the question: Is season 6 of The Crown good? The answer: it is okay. 

Wikipedia defines The Crown as “a historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. […] The series consists of six seasons, spanning almost six decades, […] [t]he principal cast of the series has been changed every two seasons.”

The sixth season of The Crown is set from 1997 to 2005. Season six events include the premiership of Tony Blair, the early relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and the deaths of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, and Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Season six of The Crown continues the show’s meticulous attention to historical accuracy and detail. It offers a compelling blend of fact and fiction that gives viewers a glimpse into the world of royalty. The show attempts “to relate to a family that’s literally unlike any other on the planet.” (Liz Shannon Miller, Consequence) These creative liberties give viewers a personal feel and connection that still shows strongly in the final season.

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At the heart of Season 6 are the compelling portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II, brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton, and Prince Charles, brought to life by Dominic West. Additionally, this season, Ed McVey takes a massive leap as the main character, portraying Prince William. Their nuanced performances add depth and humanity to these iconic figures, making them relatable and engaging even when the script lags into melodrama.

The issues with this season do not lie in the performances but in the often turgid script. For example, Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is presented weirdly. This season opens with Diana’s death, and the viewers are hammered with conversations about Diana’s going-to-die foreshadowing. This does not further Diana’s character. It takes away from Debicki’s masterful performance and the possibly fictious moments of love between Khalid Abdalla‘s Dodi Fayed and Diana, and it makes the viewer wait for her death instead of contemplating who she was as a person.

Likewise, Prince William and Kate Middleton are given too much screen time. Their relationship is slightly interesting, but it takes away from other storylines. Prince Harry, played by Luther Ford, and William barely gets any screentime together, and the notoriously tense relationship between Harry and William gets shoved to the side. Furthermore, William’s relationship with Prince Charles is explored but very one-dimensional. The moments where Prince Phillip, played by Jonathan Pryce, guides William in his relationships are very entertaining, and there should have been more of that.

What The Crown season six fails to realize is that it “is always at its best when it focuses on Elizabeth II.” (Valentina Morillo, El Español) Elizabeth’s handling of the Golden Jubilee and Margaret’s birthday party are the show’s best episodes. While Season 6 of  The Crown may not reach the heights of its predecessors, it “starts with Elizabeth and it ends with Elizabeth, […] [t]hese 60 episodes are the most complete and profound ways of telling her story.” (William Tucker, But Why Tho?) The show’s ability to humanize historical figures and explore the complexities of power and privilege is a true testament to the British Crown’s enduring legacy, and fans across the globe will be sad that this Netflix series has ended.

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