We can’t seem to get over our British past— as if the colonisation wasn’t enough, we are obsessed with The Crown; and the trailer for Season 3 looks as incredible as it must feel to be royalty.
Set between the years 1964 to 1976, a very strange time in the world— when the Beatles were coming to the forefront of popular music, The Vietnam War was causing devastation to the US economy and a changing political climate in the good old United Kingdom, juxtaposed to the moment Queen Elizabeth was celebrating her silver jubilee on the throne. The realistic portrayal of world politics looks even bleaker than the earlier seasons in the trailer, the Queen farther from peace in her regal responsibilities and more internal conflicts in the most famous family in the world.
This time the role of the Queen is portrayed by Oscar winner Olivia Colman, British darling and screen genius, who fits the role like a glove. She looks resplendent as Elizabeth II and we are sure she is going to be brilliant in her role as the austere monarch. Another British favourite and Oscar nominee, Helena Bonham Carter takes over the role of Princess Margaret, controversial and rebellious younger sister to the Queen. Tobias Menzies of Game of Thrones fame (he played Edmure Tully) will be taking over the role of Prince Phillip. The series will also introduce Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles as a student in Cambridge. The season will also feature Ben Daniels as Margaret’s husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Writer Peter Morgan who has earlier said that each season of the show will cover a decade in the life of this monarchy and the actors for each character will change every two seasons has hinted that the people’s princess, Diana, might make an appearance at the end of Season 3— this might be the most interesting bit for all of us consumers of pop culture since Diana was the most disruptive personality, even more than Princess Margaret during her time in the family. Let us also not forget how her death was surrounded by conspiracy theories that the Windsors were responsible for it.
The trailer opens in 1977 with the Queen marking her Silver Jubilee, the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne, which was explored in Season 1. But the celebrations have left her feeling introspective, rather than joyful. “On days like today,” she says, “ask yourself: In the time I’ve been on the throne, what have I actually achieved?”
The trailer encompasses all the angst and disillusions and drama that is to come with Season 3, and it is perfectly set to an evocative cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “The Times They Are A-Changing”. The song is apt because it makes the drama that is to unfold seem more haunting and sombre.
The season will cover everything from cold-war anxiety to the technological wonders of space travel as it traverses the ‘60s and ‘70s, but the smirk on Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret suggests that the intimate feud between the sisters shall persevere in the palace walls, and we’re waiting with bated breath to find out what really happens in the decadent, inaccessible corners of Buckingham palace.
The Crown season 3 is slated to premiere on Netflix on 17 November.