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The hardest part of writing the crown is deciding what to leave out

Each season of “The Crown” spans roughly a decade of story time, and nearly every hour-long episode acts as a stand-alone story. It’s like a series of mini-movies about different moments in time, all tied together by the common thread of Queen Elizabeth’s historic reign. While one episode might focus on a specific historical event, another picks a theme and traces it over months or even years. For Morgan and his team, the hardest part of preparing for a season is figuring out exactly which moments to focus on — and which ones will end up on the cutting room floor.

But as difficult as the process can be, Morgan considers it the secret ingredient to the show’s success. In a 2021 interview with The Hollywood ReporterMorgan said:

“It’s the part of the writing process that takes me the most time – figuring out what to leave out and what to put in. I like to think of that as the magic ingredient and what that defines ‘The Crown’. We need at least nine months, describing and describing, before writing a season begins.”

While the main themes and the characters themselves tie the story together, each season of “The Crown” feels like its own era. Within these, each episode feels like its own anecdote, focusing on something specific to make a grander statement about the royal family. Morgana added:

“History, even recent history, is so reductive, and so many gems disappear into a black hole. No one would thank us for producing the ‘greatest hits’ of any decade. We have to dig deep and find the surprises, forgotten stories, like palace robberies, and put them next to iconic events – like moon landings or weddings, or elections, or assassinations.