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With a spine-chilling soundtrack more suited to a dark psychological thriller or Blumhouse horror, the teaser for the fourth season of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown offers a deep sense that all is not well with The Windsors.
“Here is the stuff of which fairy tales are made. A prince and princess on their wedding day,” recalls the narrator. “But fairy tales usually end at this point with the simple phrase, ‘They lived happily ever after.'”
The Princes and Princess in question are, of course, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin), the soon-to-be Princess of Wales introduced for the first time in the trailer as a lively young girl with a beaming smile and somewhat un-royal wardrobe. While the trailer offers no visual clues as to how the fairy tale ends for the two, the rather solemn tones leave no doubt that it’ll be a central storyline for the series.
And there are few smiles elsewhere, with Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) and Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) all sporting some decidedly somber expressions throughout (and not just in a funeral scene). So too does the show’s other major newcomer, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), the British Prime Minister — who came to power in 1979 — throwing some serious Iron Lady pouts and seemingly depicted as the stuffy, frowning antithesis to Diana’s more carefree party girl.
The Crown Season 4 launches globally on Netflix on Nov. 15.
Watch the teaser below.
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