The first part of the sixth season of The crownshows how the world mourned the death of Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki).
However, the plot shows another side of the story, where Mohamed al-Fayed (Salim Daw) mourns the death of his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla).
The series of Netflix has always relied on historical facts and research to tell the story of the British royal family.
However, the showrunner Peter Morgan deviated from reality a bit in episode four.
This included screening scenes in which Diana and Dodi appear posthumously to their loved ones.
While Diana had a heartbreaking conversation with Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Queen Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton), Dodi and his father Mohamed also had a sincere relationship.
The actors comment on the scenes of The Crown
In an interview for the TUDUMActor Khalid Abdalla spoke about the scene between Dodi and his father in the sixth season of The crown.
“When people die, there’s a certain energy in them that remains very close – and there are ways in which they speak. There are things that we always hear unsaid, that somehow, after death, become incredibly resonant and even speak in a certain sense”.
The series shows that Dodi has always felt enormous pressure to meet his billionaire father’s expectations.
For Salim Daw, the conversation between father and son gave his character the chance to finally express what he had never been able to express when Dodi was alive.
“The scene was so difficult and important for me because Mohamed al-Fayed never said “sorry” or “forgive me” to his son. He couldn’t tell Dodi when he was alive, and when Dodi died, Mohamed al-Fayed was so broken and helpless”.
Abdalla compared the moment Mohamed experienced with his deceased son to something a therapist might suggest as a way to process something painful: “Write it in a letter and don’t send it.”
Annie Sulzberger, research manager at The crown, commented: “If we really wanted to show Diana’s death, that would mean showing Dodi’s death. If we want to show Dodi’s death, we have to understand it.”
The second part of The crown debuts December 14th.