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"The Crown" is a hit Netflix original series that is slated to end after the fifth season.

'The Crown' Will End Earlier Than Expected

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By Nicole Caropolo

Regardless of the country you are from, the life of royalty fascinates us all. While we all love to be tuned into the latest news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there is still a certain appeal to the history of royalty in the United Kingdom. That's probably why you haven't heard anything but rave reviews for the Netflix original show, "The Crown."

"The Crown" is a historical drama series that began streaming in 2016. They are currently filming the fourth season, but apparently there won't be many more.

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The Crown Tells the Story of Queen Elizabeth II

"The Crown" is about Queen Elizabeth II, starting form the 1940s.
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The show follows the troubles and triumphs of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s into the modern day. It has several awards under its belt (or shall I say crown) such as the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.

Even though fans of the show anticipated a run of six seasons, the creator, Peter Morgan, decided that the fifth season would be the best stopping point.

Morgan is a British playwright and filmmaker. His past works include The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland. "The Crown" is based off of his play, "The Audience."

The Creator Decided to Stop the Show After Season Five

Olivia Coleman played Queen Elizabeth II in season three of "The Crown."
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Morgan recently tweeted about the end of the show coming one season earlier than expected. The tweet read, "Now that we have begun work on the stories for S5 it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop."

As of now, season five will revolve around the queen's rule up until the start of the 21st century. The setting of the sixth season was meant to approach the queen in the modern-day, but Morgan decided he didn't want to make the show that current.

He Doesn't Want To Make the Show "Journalistic"

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In 2018, he talked to Entertainment Weekly about his hesitancy to set stories past certain years.

He said, “I feel uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period. I think there’s a certain amount of time within which, if you write about it, what you do instantly becomes journalistic. Because it’s too close to the moment. If you wait a certain amount of time, if you allow fifteen or twenty years, basically a generation, between you and [the events] then you can write about it somewhat freely as drama.

There's Still Plenty of Story to Tell


It's likely that he has decided to stop the show from going into the sixth season in order to avoid mimicking the current events of the Royal Family too closely and too soon.

But there's no need to get your tiara in a twist just yet. There is still plenty of "The Crown" to come. Even though the fourth season does not have a release date announced just yet, it is likely to be on Netflix by the end of the year.

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