Peter Morgan stunned fans of the Royal Netflix drama in when he announced in January he was ending The Crown with Season 5, one season earlier than planned. The announcement came with Imelda Staunton's casting as the final Queen Elizabeth II. “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," says Morgan. "To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.” Morgan originally envisioned six seasons, with a different actress playing the Queen every two seasons. The Crown is expected to cover the Queen's life up until 2003.