The Crown season 4 trailer shows the series’ women completely in charge

Netflix has gifted us with a heart-palpitating trailer for The Crown season 4, and the buzz around Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher is already talking Emmy.

As if there wasn’t enough exciting news about the future of Netflix’s The Crown already, we now know the official release date for season four: November 15. Even better, the date was revealed with quite a tantalizing trailer that we’ve taken the time to decipher because we simply devoured all 30 seconds of it.

Let’s start with the queen herself. In her final Crown season as Queen Elizabeth II, Olivia Coleman seems to have grown into the role even more. And there’s a huge formidable presence she will have to contend with, a certain Lady Diana Spencer, who will become a polarizing figure for the Windsors.

Watch the new trailer for The Crown‘s fourth season here:

“Something as important as the monarchy simply cannot be allowed to fail,” says Coleman’s Queen Elizabeth in a voiceover featured in the trailer.

Judging by the ominous music, we know that the entrance of Diana and the impending nuptials to Prince Charles will set off fireworks, but will also plunge the royal family into chaos and discord. Emma Corrin is a dead ringer for Princess Diana, no surprise since the producers of The Crown pay strict attention to details and dialect.

Anticipation for her debut as the captivating, alluring, dynamic most-photographed-woman-in-the-world Diana is huge. Just look at the teaser’s ending, with that long wedding train — you just know we’re dealing with dramatic gold here.

I’m going to admit that the trailer gave me goosebumps. But it’s not just the phenomenal presence of Diana, but also another take-charge woman, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by the chameleon-like Gillian Anderson (X-Files, American Gods). She enters center stage, and from the looks of the trailer, Anderson can add another brilliant portrayal to her already glittering resumé.

The Crown series creator Peter Morgan talked about hiring Anderson to play The Iron Lady with Variety, and how she was one of several powerful women on the series.

Prince Charles and Prince Philip may have stolen the spotlight a bit last season (“Bubbykins” is one of my favorite episodes of all three seasons), but it looks like these captivating women are fully center stage as we enter the 1980s. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

To learn more detail about The Crown upcoming seasons, including castings of Diana, Philip, Elizabeth, and Margaret for the final two, check out what I wrote here.

Are you as thrilled for The Crown season four as we are? Who are you most excited to see, Corrin’s Diana or Anderson’s Thatcher? Let us know in the comments section below!