‘The Son and The Heir’: Here’s the First Trailer for ‘The Crown’ Season 4

Certainly the clothes alone were worth watching the third season of The Crown for. Because, you know…the ’60s.

But Season 4 has been on our imaginary wish list ever since Johnny Rotten first snarled those immortal words, “And our figurehead / Is not what she seems!,” lo those many years ago. And indeed, S4 kicks off in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee—and also of rampant unemployment, and race riots, and all those troubling little things that keep a dutiful ruler up at night in her royal chamber.

The first trailer for the upcoming season (Netflix, November 15) has at last arrived, and it opens not with the Sex Pistols cruising the Thames blaring ‘God Save the Queen,‘ but with British punk’s enemy #1 Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson, looking appropriately clenched) going toe to toe with Her Majesty, in a telling harbinger of their always-to-be-contentious ongoing relationship. The Iron Lady makes the point that there is just six months between them in age.

Elizabeth: “And who is the senior?”

Maggie: “I am…now.”

Ouch.

But just then an unidentified (by artist, at least) and rather spooky, even more languid cover of The Smiths’ ‘How Soon is Now’ kicks in to eerily soundtrack the remainder of the trailer. We hear some anxious and worried talk about two women running the country (oh dear, not that), followed by harrowingly vivid images of dole queues, violent protests and even more violent riots.

The Queen matter-of-factly warns Madame Thatcher that it is a dangerous game she is playing, to make enemies left, right, and center—to which comes the stoic reply, “Not if one is comfortable with having enemies.” And my, my did Maggie have enemies. Breathtakingly so.

It gets even better, of course, with the arrival of Elizabeth Debicki as a (mostly) spitting image of Princess Diana, who is seen despairingly pleading with her future mother-in-law, “All I ever wanted was to be loved. That’s all any of us want from you.”

A simple request, not so easily fulfilled.

Of course, the absolutely delicious irony of choosing said Smiths song for the job, was that back in those heady, contentious days of 1980s Blighty, one Steve Patrick Morrissey had risen to fame by penning such scathing lyrical attacks on both ladies as ‘The Queen is Dead’ and ‘Margaret on the Guillotine.’

“Oh, has the world changed…or have I changed?”

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