The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

Plot: Amid growing challenge to her power, Thatcher fights for her position. Charles grows more determined to separate from Diana as their marriage unravels.

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Story: War starts when prime minster Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) sees one of her closest follows turn on her in the houses of parliament, leaving her position of power in jeopardy, while Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) is looking to finally end his marriage to Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) after it becomes clear Diana has started having an affair again. As Margaret Thatcher is shown the door, her respect from the Queen is finally earned, putting aside their differences which have plagued her time as Prime Minister, while Charles and Diana finally end their marriage showing their true colours, with Charles finally admitting he always wanted to be with Camila and never Diana.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

Thoughts – War brings the season four to a close by bringing everything full circle with the relationships between Prince Charles and Princess Diana falling apart, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s respect shining through their differences. We get the lead four stars of the season, Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, giving the strongest performances of the season to date. This season has focused more heavily on relationships more than anything else, which will see how many of them have gone from strength to strength, while others have been shattered over time.

Final Thoughts War completes a wonderful season giving the major players their final chance to shine in the season, reflecting the seasons theme of relationships. 5/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

Plot: Charles is caught in a deadly avalanche, prompting both him and Diana to re-evaluate their commitment to their troubled marriage.

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Story: Avalanche starts on the birthday of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) who gets a surprise performances from Princess Diana (Emma Corrin), which gets the crowds approval, only leaving Charles angry, the marriage is starting to fall apart and after Prince Charles is a lucky survivor of a avalanche, it only highlights the problems the two were having. With Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) learning of the troubles the couple have been having, she and Philip Duke of Edinburgh (Tobias Menzies) look to address the problems of the affairs the two are both accused of being involved in, they do look to try and solve the problems they have been going through.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

Thoughts – Avalanche gets to put the spotlight back on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the pair have been struggling for a while, but a surprised event brings them closer hoping to fix their problems. Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor step up to carry this episode showing just how the two would always be left in a position where they couldn’t be happy with the life they once dreamt of, the pairs real life actions were always questioned and it highlights how both might not have been as loyal as they once believed. We get to focus on Prince Charles and how he always seems to believe his family was against him, from his wife, mother or sister.

Final Thoughts Avalanche shines the light on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s struggling marriage seeing both Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin give brilliant performances through the episode. 4/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 8 – 48:1

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 8 – 48:1

Plot: As many nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions.

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Story: 48:1 starts as the apartheid authorities are causing civil unrest in South Africa which the world is appalled by, ready to make a move, but Great Britain and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) hasn’t supported, leading to Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) needs to address to the rest of the United Nations. After Thatcher reluctantly agrees to the terms from the United Nations, the public rivalry between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher is taken centre stage, stealing the headlines from Prince Andrew’s wedding, with the nations wanting to know the truth and the Queen needing to sacrifice a member of her own team to make the story disappear.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 48:1

Thoughts – 48:1 shows us how that the Queen and Prime Minister would clash on something, but for the first time, this would make headline news, leading to the uncertainty coming from the people of the nation that want to know the truth about what is happening. This is one of the more serious episodes, showing us how the royal family and the political family would often go head to head, but usually resolve the issues away from the spotlight. The episode is carried by Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson’s stunning performances throughout, giving them the best outing to date, along with a welcome return from a familiar face.

Final Thoughts48:1 is the most political episode of the season, giving the spotlight to the biggest names in the season Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson. 4/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

Plot: Grappling with mental health issues, Margaret seeks help and discovers an appalling secret about estranged relatives of the royal family.

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Story: The Hereditary Principle starts as we see Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) sees her latest relationship fall apart and to make matters worse for Margaret she learns she is no longer able to represent the royal family now Prince Edward has hit the age of 21, with Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) needing to break the painful truth that Margaret can’t be involved anymore. Princess Margaret does struggle to cope with the newest blow, which will see her returning to therapy, learning about the truth about members of their own family being kept a secret.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

Thoughts – The Hereditary Principle will become the first Princess Margaret episode of the season where we see how she struggles with idea of losing her position of power in the family and learning the shocking truth that people had swept under the carpet for years, a secret that would make them look more untouchable instead of more human. Helena Bonham Carter does shine in this episode, that spotlights how difficult understand mental illness and differences in appearance would have been at one time, now they need to show how secrets shouldn’t be kept away from the people. This does end up feeling like the weakest episode of the season so far, with little going on within the main characters.

Final ThoughtsThe Hereditary Principle is one of the weakest episodes to date, we do get a strong performance from Helena Bonham Carter, but not enough focus on any of the Royal Family. 2/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 6 – Terra Nullius

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 6 – Terra Nullius

Plot: On a tour of Australia, Diana struggles to balance motherhood with her royal duties while both she and Charlie cope with their marriage difficulties.

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Story: Terra Nullius starts when Australia elects a new prime minister Bob Hawk (Richard Roxburgh) who is against the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) needs Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) will need to visit Australia, with their first baby William joining them, with Diana not wanting to leave William for a single moment on the tour, only to be forced into this. The trip gives Charles and Diana a chance to air their marriage problems with Charles still being overly connected to Camila, something that will need to change to help this tour become the success it ends up becoming.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 6 – Terra Nullius

Thoughts – Terra Nullius is one of the most intimate episodes for Charles and Diana, highlighting their problems, Diana’s ability to bring the crowds with her, building bridges that might have started to fall apart between Great Britain and other nations in the world, this time Australia. We get wonderful performances from Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin who carry this episode with their performances. On the grander picture we get to see how Princess Diana became the figure we might well all remember, with her natural performances of goodness on front of the camera, unlike any other member of the royal family, but behind the scenes Diana was suffering from her own eating disorders, ones she keeps to herself.

Final Thoughts Terra Nullius shows a turning point in Princess Diana, one that sees her embraced by the public and finding herself exposed by the Royal Family. 4/5