Verdict: The Crown Season 1 Episode 3 “Windsor”

A more conventional episode in both structure and narrative, it promotes a keen level of awareness of both the personal and professional lives of all its characters and how the nature of the monarchy interweaves each. The prominence placed on drawing comparisons between Edward, George and Elizabeth is brilliantly handled and the recurring theme of marriage versus duty is clear enough to be compelling, but subtle enough to never overpower the emotional framework. While the narrative certainly focusses upon these ideas, and slows down considerably, lacking the dramatic bravado of earlier entries, the development in character growth, particularly with Elizabeth and how she deals with Winston, highlights the overall control Peter Morgan has on all the moving parts. 9.1/10

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