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Netflix is telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in grand style with The Crown, and the first season was a hit with critics and viewers alike. The first season began with Elizabeth's life before she became queen and then carried on into the early years of her reign in the 1950s. Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off and give a closer look at Elizabeth's life in the spotlight. The first trailer for Season 2 has been released, and it shows Claire Foy taking no prisoners as Queen Elizabeth II. Take a look!
It seems that Elizabeth will find herself short on assured allies in Season 2. Even Prince Philip doesn't appear to be entirely in her good graces. Given the quick glimpses of her life in the spotlight as the queen -- including political uncertainty at home, international military disputes, and rumors of Philip's affairs -- it's easy to see why she's not trusting too many people. It's not easy being queen. The trailer also gives us our first looks at Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy.
The second season of The Crown will follow Elizabeth II as the world continues to reset itself after World War II. Her story will pick up with British soldiers fighting an illegal war in Egypt, progress to reveal the scandal that caused the downfall of Elizabeth's third prime minister, and the end of the era in which monarchs were given deference based on their royal blood and/or marriages. The shift from 1950s values to 1960s culture was significant, and we'll see how it impacted the queen of England.
Claire Foy was pretty fantastic in the first season of The Crown, and it looks like she hasn't lost her touch for Season 2. Unfortunately, Season 2 will be the last time that we see her as Queen Elizabeth II in this project. Elizabeth's story will continue on Netflix, but she'll be at an age when it's no longer feasible for Claire Foy to continue playing her unless copious amounts of makeup and/or CGI was involved. Foy and Matt Smith (who plays Prince Philip) will leave the show after the end of Season 2. Considering how much money has been spent on The Crown, we can be sure that the show will look magnificent for their final episodes.
Season 2 of The Crown will premiere on Friday, December 8 at 12:01 a.m. PT. If you haven't caught the first season yet, all ten episodes are available streaming on Netflix now. For your other streaming options, drop by our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule. If streaming isn't always your style, we have a handy fall TV guide for what will be available on cable and network television in the not-too-distant future.