Netflix has made a surprise U-turn about the future of The Crown.
The award-winning period drama series tells the story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
A surprise announcement came from Netflix in February that the fifth season of The Crown would be the show’s last.
The news was unexpected as writer Peter Morgan had always previously been open about his intention for the series to run for six seasons.
However, Netflix officially revealed this week that The Crown will now conclude with Season 6 after all!
They said on Twitter: “News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!”
The Crown creator Peter Morgan explained: “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.”
Speaking earlier this year when the show’s fifth season was announced as the last, Morgan had said: “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.”
The final two seasons will feature Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton as the third actress to play the Queen.
The Crown launched in 2016, with Claire Foy leading the original cast.
It was recently announced that a familiar face from World on Fire will be joining Imelda Staunton in the fifth and sixth seasons as Princess Margaret.
Season 5 is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2021, followed by Season 6 in 2022.
The Crown is available to buy on DVD on Amazon.