‘The Crown’ Creator Totally Switched Up the Show’s Ending Following Queen Elizabeth’s Passing

Smart move

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The Crown is preparing to release its sixth—and final—season on Netflix. But did you know the show was supposed to end in a different way?

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Creator Peter Morgan recently sat down for an interview with Variety to discuss The Crown season six, which will be split into two parts with the first half premiering on November 16. The showrunner revealed that he changed the show’s ending after the real-life passing of Queen Elizabeth. 

“We’d all been through the experience of the funeral,” he said. “So because of how deeply everybody will have felt that, I had to try and find a way in which the final episode dealt with the character's death, even though she hadn't died yet.”

Ted Sarandos (CEO of Netflix) revealed that the original plan was to end the show with the queen’s death. But once she passed in real life, it didn’t feel right. Now, the series will end in 2005 at the height of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. 

“It was the cutoff to keep it historical, not journalistic,” Sarandos explained. “I think by stopping almost 20 years before the present day, it’s dignified.”

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Morgan admitted that he’s considered the possibility of doing a spin-off show, but it would require ample coordination. “I do have an idea,” he added. “But first, I need to do some other things. Second, it would need a unique set of circumstances to come together.”

We can’t wait to see how it all plays out. 

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