In the case of Westworld, which paused for nearly 17 months between Seasons 1 and 2, I’d suggest the break did the show a disservice. By the time the sci-fi-meets-Western series returned, I’d forgotten about most of what happened in Season 1 and had lost my excitement for the show. And I had previously been pretty into it. In the end, I stopped watching Season 2 after a couple of episodes, whereas that may not have been the case if I hadn’t had to wait so long for it to return. That said, the almost 20 months between Seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones (even Outlander and Broadchurch), as frustrating as it was, didn’t hurt it one bit.
Obviously, The Crown does not have the type of dense mythology that Westworld and Game of Thrones both have, and it is pretty easy to keep track of, so I don’t see the delay being a problem from that point of view. But I do tend to forget about The Crown now it’s been away for so long. For me, there should be a maximum of one year between seasons of a show – and even that is pushing it.
One of the shows I binge the quickest is Orange is the New Black (returning for its seventh and final season on Fri., Jul. 26), which has dropped all its episodes at once in the middle of each year since 2013. Since I watch that prison dramedy so quickly – usually within a week – it is generally a full 12 months before I get to watch the next season.
And I find even that period agonisingly long. The danger in keeping viewers waiting for too long is that it can be hard to pull them back in when a show finally does get around to returning to screens.
And so now to answer the question I posed at the start: how long will we have to wait for new episodes of Emmy-winning The Crown. A bit longer, I’m afraid. Although I don’t have a date, I’m reliably told Season 3 of the Netflix series won’t be released until the end of 2019, which will be close to two years since the end of Season 2. Will I still watch? I don't know about you, yes I will.
But, I won’t be happy about being kept waiting till I get to see the Queen, Prince Charles (an adult Prince of Wales), Diana Spencer and more from the royal family.