1. Claire Foy and Matt Smith will return
The second season will continue with Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, and Matt Smith will reprise his role of Prince Philip — so we have our favourites back.
2. However, the cast is changing
After Season 2, the cast is expected to have a complete overhaul, as Foy and Smith are too young to portray their ageing characters (each season will reportedly depict a passage of Queen Elizabeth II’s life and will span roughly a decade).
Foy herself admitted that after Season 2 she would no longer have the role. “After two seasons, that’s it, I’m gone,” she told Vulture. “They’re getting rid of all of us. I don’t [know] how they’re planning on doing it, but they’re such an incredible bunch of directors and producers that it’s gonna be different and exciting.”
3. Spoiler alert: Princess Margaret’s love life is changing
Played by Vanessa Kirby, Princess Margaret’s love life is going to become even more fascinating in Season 2. She will abandon her dreams of marrying Group Captain Peter Townsend to start a romance with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones — who according to IMDb will be played by Jeremy Northam.
4. It’s not going to be cheap
The Crown is actually expected to go beyond three seasons, and there are reports that it will get as many as six seasons that will span 60 years from the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1952. And according to IndieWire, it is the streaming giant’s “most expensive production to date.”
5. Peter Morgan may not return as the director
The show’s creator Peter Morgan gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in which he hinted that he had no plans beyond Season 2. He said, “I’ve got to be honest with you. I cannot think beyond season two and I’m not going to think beyond season two.”
6. Say goodbye to Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill, played by John Lithgow, will be replaced as prime minister as Anthony Eden takes his place.
Foy discussed the political change during an interview with Vulture. She said, “I do have some amazing new prime ministers — Jeremy Northam, who plays Anthony Eden, and then Harold Macmillan — so I’m a very lucky girl. But I’ve gotta say, I have a very special place in my heart for John Lithgow.”
7. You don’t have to wait that long
The premiere date is rumoured to be November 2017, and Season 2 is believed to have been in pre-production as early as June.