It's been a little over a week since Netflix released the 10-episode first season of The Crown, but the filming for the second installment of the series depicting Queen Elizabeth II's reign and royal family is already underway. Scenes have been shot in London at what appeared to be an anti-war rally, evocative of the late '50s English political scenario.
In its first season, The Crown followed the young and recently married Princess Elizabeth as she dealt with the death of her father, King George VI, and became the British sovereign. The early years of Elizabeth's reign took center stage in the season, with some historical events and royal family drama providing an interesting background for #TheCrownSeason1.
For those of us who have already diligently binge-watched the premiere season, there's a long wait ahead before the second is released — plenty of time to speculate on how much ground it will endeavor to cover. With that in mind, here are five things we'd like to see play out in #TheCrownSeason2.
1. Suez Canal Crisis
According to writer and showrunner Peter Morgan, the decision to leave the Suez Crisis out of the first season was a last minute one and, instead of using it as a season finale, the crisis will be covered early on in Season 2. Recently, something that looked very similar to an anti-war riot was filmed for The Crown in London, which makes this the one event certain to appear on our screens next season.
The Suez Canal Crisis happened in 1956, when Egypt was invaded by Israel. In an attempt to regain control of the country and depose the Egyptian president, Britain and France combined forces and invaded Egypt as well. In the end, all three invaders were forced to withdraw their troops, and the Suez Crisis became one of the biggest foreign-relations fiascos for Great Britain.
2. Elizabeth's Prime Ministers
Things were pretty rough for Queen Elizabeth before the Conservative Party came up with its own election system. Until then, it fell upon the Queen to name the Prime Minister's successor, something that divided opinions about the Queen and her true political grasp. When the above mentioned Suez Crisis took place, PM Anthony Eden had only just taken over the government from Winston Churchill — which featured in the first season — and the crisis shook Eden more than he expected. He resigned a mere two months later, leaving the Queen once more with the hard choice of recommending a substitute.
From 1955 to 1965 — the possible period to be covered in The Crown's second season — there were four Prime Ministers in England: Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home and the first Labor PM since 1951, Harold Wilson.
3. Prince Philip's Turn Around
Prince Philip's night life and possible extra-marital affairs were hinted at in the first season, but by the season finale Phillip was sent on a two-year tour that would give him time to better adjust to his role as consort to the Queen of England. The Crown Season 2 will depict a much more family-inclined Philip, especially since his private secretary — and favorite wing-man — Mike Parker left the Prince's service right after Philip's tour ended, because Mike's wife filed for divorce.
The Crown — and the world — needs Philip to clean up his act, since he and the Queen are supposed to have two more children in the seasons to come.
4. Royal Babies
Season 1 showed a young Prince Charles and his sister, Princess Anne, but those aren't the only offspring of Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Season 2 is bound to feature the birth of at least one other Prince, Andrew — born in 1960. But, it's also possible that the last of Queen Elizabeth's children, Prince Edward, will make it into next season as well.
Even the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, might give birth in the second season of The Crown — sadly, Peter Townsend won't be the father, though.
5. Princess Margaret's Marriage
Margaret's doomed love story with Group Captain Townsend featured heavily in the first season and, since we know they broke things off by the finale, it's time to see Margaret moving forward. The Princess had vowed never to love another man, but since Group Captain Townsend made arrangements to remarry (with a Belgian bride who looked a lot like the Princess), Margaret soon accepted a marriage proposal from Anthony Armstrong-Jones.
The romance and the subsequent engagement announcement took the press by surprise in 1960, but they soon recovered and Margaret's was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on TV. The couple went on to have two children, David in 1961, and Lady Sarah in 1964, who will likely be a part of The Crown Season 2 as well.
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The Crown showrunners plan to cover roughly 10 years of Elizabeth's life per season. The first installment may have only touched on three years of Elizabeth's reign (1952 – 1955), but her childhood, her romance with Philip and their early years as a married couple and her ascension to power made Season 1 longer than a 10-year span. Season 2 will have many internal and foreign crises to cover, along with the usual royal drama and, hopefully, some more delightful insights into Elizabeth's private life. If The Crown Season 1 is any indication, the second season will have expectations set very high.
Is Netflix's The Crown your newest guilty pleasure? What did you make of the first season?