The final season of The Crown will air this Thursday. 

Since its release in 2016, The Crown has had Netflix viewers on the edge of their seats. Now, with the final season on the horizon-we’re excited to see how the series will end. This season is split into two parts. The first part will be released on November 16, and the finale will be released on December 14. In total, the season has ten episodes.

The Diana Effect

Trailers gave us a taste of what is in store for the viewers. One of the trailers focuses on Princess Diana in the months before her tragic death in France. With all of the chaos that surrounds her untimely death, let alone all of the rumors, it will be interesting to see how the director depicts the event itself and the events surrounding it. Based on the trailer focusing on Diana, it will be uncomfortably bright and claustrophobic. Thanks in part to the relentless paparazzi. However, the show has to unpack the impact Princess Diana’s death had on the world.

Through the show, we will also get to see the effect it had on the royal family. As Princess Diana’s death shocked the world, members of the Royal Family had to comfort the mourning public. This duty also fell to her children, who had to fulfill royal duties despite their mental and emotional states. The show will address their states behind closed doors as they struggle with their grief and duty. 

Splitting up the final season is wise. With all the hype Princess Di has gotten in past seasons and even before the show began, producers know viewers will need time to process the first four episodes. Come December, viewers will be ready to push through with the final six to end a show that is technically still going on to this day. 

The Royal Family

As easy as it is to get lost in Diana’s story, the Royal Family is the main focus of The Crown. The rest of the series will focus on the Royal Family until 2005. In this final sprint, we will see Prince William, played by Ed McVey, and Kate Middleton, played by Meg Bellamy. We will also see Tony Blair’s run as prime minister, the deaths of multiple members of the Royal Family, and a few weddings.

With each episode of The Crown, viewers of the show fact-check events referenced in the show. When it comes to Diana, many viewers have taken to bad-mouthing the now King Charles for being horrendous to the late Princess. I have no doubt the flames of ire will once again burn. Especially after Netflix UK & Ireland posted a tweet inviting us to the wedding between the now King Charles and Queen Camilla. While most fans are excited for new content, we’re all asking ourselves if we have to sit through their wedding. Spoiler alert: We will- we’ll just complain the whole time.

If you need a refresher on the events of season five, check out our preview! Let us know if you’re excited for the finale in the comments!