The Crown: Season 4

  • 28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

The fourth season of The Crown begins with one of the most evocative character introductions of the show's entire run. Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) has just arrived for a date with Sarah Spencer at her palatial family estate – a home as desolate as it is grand. As he waits in the foyer, Sarah’s younger sister, a 16-year-old girl dressed for a school performance, hides behind a pair of tall, decorative plants. She’s been told not to show herself to Charles, but Diana (Emma Corrin) can’t help stealing the spotlight, even when she’s just supposed to be the background. With cast changes every two years and a heavy reliance on episodic storytelling, The Crown is built to defy calcification. But the new season feels even fresher than the previous one, when Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies took over as Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, from Claire Foy and Matt Smith. That’s in large part due to the addition of two new major characters, through whose eyes we see the British royal family: Diana, who desperately wants to join the Windsors despite some inkling that her marriage to a man in love with someone else will be a disaster, and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), whose (ironically) populist contempt for the residents of Buckingham Palace only grows with each encounter.