The Crown Season 6 (Part 2): A Royal Letdown, Not a Majestic Farewell

A photo of Queen Elizabeth II looking out a palace window, her face etched with disappointment, reflecting the melancholic tone of the review

Did The Crown stick the landing? Our review dives into Season 6’s Part 2, exploring missed opportunities, Diana’s lingering shadow, and a reign that deserved a grander send-off.

A Glorious Past, a Tarnished Finale: The Crown Season 6 (Part 2) Review

We gather, not to celebrate a crowning achievement, but to mourn a majestic show’s descent into mediocrity. The Crown, once a glittering tapestry of royal intrigue, has stumbled in its final act, delivering a disappointing Season 6 (Part 2) that tarnishes its legacy.

Haunted by Ghosts, Struggling to Breathe

The new episodes reek of missed opportunities. Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, seems fixated on Diana’s specter, milking her tragedy for melodrama. This fixation casts a long shadow, obscuring Queen Elizabeth’s arc and leaving viewers yearning for the show’s former glory.

The Crown' PEOPLE Review Season 6 Stumbles with Diana's Death

A Queen Adrift, a Nation Uninterested

Elizabeth, once a captivating protagonist, becomes lost in introspective monologues and self-assured pronouncements. The audience, however, has moved on. Diana’s death has left a gaping emotional void, and Elizabeth’s struggles to fill it feel forced and preachy.

A New Generation Fails to Impress

The younger royals fare no better. Prince William, played by Ed McVey, shows promise but is overshadowed by the narrative’s meandering focus. The “new generation,” as the show presents them, lacks the charisma and complexity that captivated us in earlier seasons.

Flickers of Brilliance amidst the Ashes

There are glimmers of hope. Lesley Manville’s portrayal of Princess Margaret is a master class in emotional depth, her final scenes resonating with heartbreaking poignancy. The return of Tony Blair, played by Bertie Carvel, injects a much-needed dose of political intrigue.

A Confused Finale, a Scattered Narrative

Ultimately, The Crown’s final episodes fail to cohere. Peter Morgan juggles too many narrative threads, leaving none fully developed. The direction feels uninspired, the music fails to elevate, and the dialogue often descends into preachiness.

What Could Have Been: A List of Regretful What-ifs

We’re left with a haunting chorus of “what ifs.” What if Morgan had focused on Elizabeth’s journey without Diana’s constant shadow? What if the new generation had been given more depth and nuance? What if the finale had embraced the show’s grandiosity instead of settling for a whimper?

A Disappointing Farewell, Not a Royal Send-off

The Crown’s final act is a testament to squandered potential. We craved a majestic farewell, a celebration of a show that once redefined historical drama. Instead, we’re left with a hollow echo, a disappointing reminder of what could have been.

A Single Star for a Lone Warrior: A Final Note

One star, then, not for the show as a whole, but for Lesley Manville’s valiant effort in holding together a crumbling narrative. For the rest, we offer a mournful sigh and a whispered apology: “My Queen, we are indeed a dying breed, and we failed to send you off right.”

FAQs:

Q: Is The Crown Season 6 (Part 2) worth watching?

A: It depends on your expectations. If you’re looking for a continuation of the show’s earlier brilliance, you’ll likely be disappointed. However, there are moments of brilliance, particularly in Lesley Manville’s performance, that might make it worthwhile for die-hard fans.

Q: What went wrong with The Crown Season 6 (Part 2)?

A: Several factors contributed to the season’s shortcomings. The Diana-centric focus overshadowed other storylines, the new generation of royals failed to capture the audience’s interest, and the narrative lacked the cohesion and emotional depth of previous seasons.

Q: Is there hope for a future Crown season?

A: Currently, there are no plans for further seasons. However, the show’s popularity suggests that a return