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" gives "The Crown - Season 6" a 8.5."
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The Crown - Season 6

As a lover of history and royal families, The Crown is mandatory viewing. The final season ends the series with a nice bow.

There was some commotion about the final season of The Crown after Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton, Trying) died in the fall of 2022. Production on the series took a small hiatus and Peter Morgan, the mastermind behind the royal series, admitted that creative adjustments in connection with the death had been on his mind for a while. However, it was decided not to let it have too much of an impact on the long-awaited final piece. The last episode does contain a nice tribute to the late queen.

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The sixth season of The Crown starts in 1997 with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (Elizabeth Debicki, The Night Manager) and the two months leading up to the fatal car crash. The second part of the season includes the Golden Jubilee, the start of the relationship of Prince William (Ed McVey) and Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy), the premiership of Tony Blair (Bertie Carvel, Dalgliesh) and the death of Princess Margaret (Lesley Manville, Dangerous Liaisons) and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (Marcia Warren, Sherlock). The season closes in 2005, with the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Paker-Bowles (Olivia Williams, The Nevers).

I really like how the makers of The Crown have incorporated the death of the queen in this final piece in a dignified, not forced way.

I was able to enjoy this last season of The Crown again. However, despite the consistently high quality of the decor, the beautiful locations, the strong dialogue and formidable acting, the fifth and sixth seasons do not compare with the first four. That partly depends on the casting, for example Dominic West (The Wire) as Charles is not my favorite choice. It is also partly because the fifth and first half of the sixth season do not focus enough on Queen Elizabeth herself. It's very much about Diana, and while I found that interesting too, I find The Queen more interesting. Mainly because I know/knew less about her.

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That does not alter the fact that I must compliment Elizebeth Debicki's playing. What a fantastic Diana Spencer she has created. Fortunately, this is also recognized by many award shows. But also compliments to the rest of the cast, because even though the first half of the season was mostly about Diana, I didn't miss her at all in the second half. It was a good choice by Netflix to cut the season up in that respect, which allowed for a natural break and a natural shift in the focus of the season.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last episode. I really like how the makers of The Crown have incorporated the death of the queen in this final piece in a dignified, not forced way. It didn't feel illogical to think about it this way, even though in the timeline it would take another fifteen years before the queen would actually die. The scenes with Olivia Colman (Secret Invasion) and Claire Foy (A Very British Scandal) brought things full circle.

The final part of The Crown gets an 8.5 from me. I think I speak for many fans of the genre that it is a loss that The Crown has come to an end. I have to look for something new (or old, that I haven't seen yet). Does anyone else have some suggestions about another series?
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