‘The Crown’ Season 5 Trailer October 2022: Monarchy in Chaos
Netflix has released the trailer for The Crown’s fifth season, which depicts the monarchy in disarray and foreshadows Princess Diana’s fate.
In the trailer, Martin Bashir (Prasanna Puwanarajah) declares, “The royal family is in genuine crisis” (below). While Diana (now played by Elizabeth Debicki) says, “People will never understand how it’s really been for me, I never stood a chance,” there are shots of the Princess of Wales driving recklessly and lying motionless in a pool.
The sixth and final season of the Emmy-winning drama, which is now in production, will depict Diana’s tragic passing rather than the one that airs next (and sources have noted her fatal car crash itself will not be explicitly shown).
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the inauguration of King Charles III, The Crown will be the subject of potentially unparalleled levels of scrutiny about its historical accuracy.
The series has lately been criticised as “destructive and vicious fiction” and a “barrel-load of nonsense” by the former British Prime Minister John Major, who is played by Johnny Lee Miller in the upcoming season.
He made his remarks in reaction to media speculations in the United Kingdom that season five implied Prince Charles planned to succeed his mother as king and enlisted Major’s help.
Judi Dench has also added her voice to the chorus, claiming in a letter to The Times of London that the rumoured Prince Charles-Queen Elizabeth plot is “both cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent,” and pleading with Netflix to include more explicit disclaimers in the fictionalised drama.
The Crown has always been marketed as a drama based on historical events, therefore Netflix made the rare decision to defend the show earlier this week by making a statement.
In series five, which is a fictitious dramatisation, it is imagined what might have gone on behind closed doors during a crucial decade for the royal family, one that has previously been closely examined and well-documented by journalists, biographers, and historians.
The season’s official synopsis reads, “With the new decade in full swing, the Royal Family is presented with perhaps their largest struggle to date, as the public publicly questions their position in ’90s Britain.
As she nears the 40th anniversary of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) considers her 40-year reign, which has seen the emergence of mass television, the fall of the British Empire, and the appointment of nine prime ministers.
However, there will soon be fresh difficulties. With both benefits and challenges, the fall of the Soviet Union and the handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty mark a fundamental transition in the global order. In the meantime, local problems are growing.
A monarchy constitutional crisis arises when Prince Charles (Dominic West) persuades his mother to grant him the right to divorce Diana (Debicki).
As the media’s focus on the couple grows, rumours start to circulate as it appears that they lead increasingly separate lives. Diana decides to take control of her own story by defying family tradition and publishing a book that attacks Charles’ popularity and reveals the weaknesses of the Windsor family.
As Mohamed Al Fayed (Salim Daw) shows up, the situation is likely to become more tense. In an effort to secure a place at the royal table for himself and his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla), he uses the wealth and power he has amassed through self-made means.