After the enormous success of its first season, The Crown finally has a premiere date set for Season 2 and a regal trailer to go with it. Queen Elizabeth's initial years of reign — after her father's unexpected death made her queen at 26 — was the center focus of the show's opening season. Elizabeth's marriage, her relationship (or lack of thereof) with her children and her constant support of her sister's whims slowly became of minor importance, as Elizabeth was faced with the real weight of the crown.
In its second season, #Netflix's most expensive series to date will resume telling the story of Queen Elizabeth's reign on December 8, and the trailer already teases more royal scandals and political crisis for Liz to contend with. Have a look:
Claire Foy portrays a more mature version of Queen Elizabeth in the second decade of her reign, and her marriage to Prince Philip — and his affairs — will continue to pressure Her Majesty in the upcoming season. In the Season 1 finale, it was clear that Philip had enjoyed the company of some lovers and that situation doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon.
Another one of Elizabeth's Achilles's heel is her sister Margaret and her predisposition to scandal. If in Season 1 Margaret fell in love and got involved with a divorced man, now she will find love again in the arms of a commoner photographer.
England's political situation — and the serious Prime Minister crisis of the 1950s and '60s — will see Elizabeth struggle with her de facto powers as a queen. In the possible period to be covered in The Crown's second season, Elizabeth will go through not just three, but four Prime Ministers: Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home and the first Labour PM since 1951, Harold Wilson.
One thing that seems tantalizing about The Crown's second season is Queen Elizabeth's hardening and evolution from an unprepared heiress to the throne of England, to a self-imposing and assertive Queen who understands well that the sacrifice of her ruling is her isolation and general distrust.
Are you excited about The Crown season 2? What was your favorite moment of season 1?