Royals 'The Crown' Extended for Sixth Season After Creator Peter Morgan Changes Mind on Season 5 Finale "It soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," creator Peter Morgan said By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 9, 2020 12:24 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Olivia Colman in The Crown. Queen Elizabeth's reign on Netflix has been extended! After previously announcing that The Crown will end after the fifth season, creator Peter Morgan has now changed his mind and decided to end the hit series after season six, Netflix announced on Thursday. “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," Morgan said. "To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.” The extension of the series means that Olivia Colman will now play Queen Elizabeth for an additional season before Imelda Staunton takes over the royal role in the final season. ELATED: See the New Cast of The Crown Side-by-Side with the Real People They Play in the Netflix Hit Imelda Staunton. © 2019 Focus Features, LLC Back in January, Morgan made the unexpected announcement that The Crown would end after season five. “At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” Morgan said at the time. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.” Season six will bring the story up to the early 2000s — long before Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle joined the royal family. It was never the intention to cover the royal family up to the modern era. In a 2018 interview, Morgan told Entertainment Weekly that the show wouldn’t include Meghan “because it’s too close to the moment.” “I feel uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period,” he said. Karwai Tang/Getty Images. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! “Let’s wait twenty years and see what there is to say about Meghan Markle,” Morgan added. “I don’t know what there is to say about Meghan Markle at the moment. I wouldn’t know and I wouldn’t presume. She’ll only become interesting once we’ve had twenty years to digest who she is and what her impact has been. If I were to write about Meghan Markle I would automatically be writing journalistically. I’ve got nothing to say about Meghan Markle.” The Crown‘s fourth season is set to premiere later this year, as production wrapped before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down TV production in the U.K.