The Reason The Crown Is Getting A Sixth Season

The Crown is getting a sixth season after all. The news comes months after the announcement that the show would be ending after five seasons, although six seasons had originally been planned.

"At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," said show creator Peter Morgan in a statement in January (via CNN). "I'm grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."

Now, though, Morgan has changed his mind again. "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," tweeted Netflix UK and Ireland, quoting Morgan.

The Crown is halfway through its run

To date, three seasons of the show have aired. Entertainment Weekly reported that the show's fourth season has been completed and will likely air later this year. Future episodes of the show will continue to focus on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, with the fourth season adding Princess Diana to The Crown's characters.

While The Crown will explore the early years of Princess Diana's relationship with Prince Charles, the show's timeline won't continue until the present day. Morgan previously told Entertainment Weekly that he "feel[s] uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period." He continued, "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."

That means that we won't see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's relationship unfold on The Crown. Then again, Morgan still has time to change his mind.