Cue the ominous grandfather clock – it’s the beginning of the end for Stranger Things.
Season 4 of the Netflix original series left Hawkins in impending doom, with Vecna’s mysterious disappearance looming over and fan theories running rampant. Luckily, the wait for answers may end sooner than expected as Stranger Things season 5 brings about an official finale to the supernatural drama.
There’s still so much ahead for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang. While we wait for the epic conclusion of the 2022 Emmy-nominated show, here’s everything we know about Stranger Things season 5’s release date, cast, episodes, spoilers and more:
When is Stranger Things season 5 coming out?
Though there’s no official release date yet or even a Stranger Things season 5 trailer, the Duffer Brothers spilled to Variety that the wait should be much shorter this time around, especially since they already know the premise of the fifth installment.
“We’re going to take a little vacation in July,” Ross Duffer said in an exclusive interview with Collider. “And then we’re going to come back. I know that the writer’s room is going to start in that first week of August. ”
What’s more, Matt Duffer told TVLine in June that it’s “pretty well mapped out.” He added: “I’m not sure we’re ready to say yet a start date for shooting.” In other words, there’s no word about when Stranger Things will come out but writing and filming will be begin in the next few months.
Is season 5 the last of Stranger Things?
As much as it hurts to say, friends do not lie. The showrunners confirmed season 5 will be its last in a letter to Stranger Things fans as they wrote:
Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things. At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but – as you’ll soon see for yourself – we are now hurtling towards our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last.
How many episodes are in Stranger Things season 5?
Comparing it time-wise to the over three-hour conclusion of Lord of the Ringsthe Duffer Brothers revealed season 5 will feature “like, eight endings.”
The final installment means tying up a lot of loose storylines, a thought that occurred to Ross while writing the new season. He told The Wrap: “We knew partway through that we needed to ask Netflix if they would be okay if we did nine episodes instead of eight, and then slowly, as we started shooting them, we realized, ‘Oh, these are mega-long episodes’.“
If you thought season 4, volume 2 was lengthy, buckle up. Stranger Things fans can gear up for “movie-length” episodes seven and nine, with Ross adding: “Nine is a long movie. “One that may span over two years onscreen, in fact.
Are there any Stranger Things season 5 spoilers?
As the Duffer Brothers tinker around with season 5, there’s one major dilemma that everyone’s wondering about. The coronavirus pandemic set back production’s timeline, and now, all the real-life actors are grown up. The geniuses behind the hit Netflix series have started to think about too.
“I’m sure we will do a time jump,” Ross told TVLine. “Ideally, we’d have shot [Seasons 4 and 5] back to back, but there was just no feasible way to do that. So these are all discussions we’re going to have with our writers when we start the room up. “
Season 5 definitely will not start like any other season. It will be “pedal to the metal from the opening scene,” he added. Oh, speaking of, expect an emotional conclusion. “We do have an outline for season 5, and we pitched it to Netflix and they really responded well to it,” Ross told The Wrap. “I mean, it was hard. It’s the end of the story. I saw executives crying who I’ve never seen cry before and it was wild.”
Who will be in the Stranger Things season 5 cast?
Hawkins’ favorite group of misfits reunited at the end of season 4, and though there was some uncertainty surrounding whether Max (Sadie Sink) is dead – RIP Eddie (Joseph Quinn) – the Duffer Brothers confirmed she’s very much alive. Here are all the other returning characters we can expect next season:
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
David Harbor as Hopper
Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
Curious about where this leaves Vecna? When asked how the villain factors into the show’s final season, offscreen actor Jamie Campbell Bower told The Hollywood Reporter, “Let me put it this way: I know about season five. Take from that what you will. “So, it’s definitely not the last we’ll see of his reign in the upside down …
How to watch and stream Stranger Things season 5
Catch up on Stranger Things by streaming seasons 1 through 4 exclusively on Netflix. Subscriptions start at $ 9.99 per month. Grab your laptop and watch on the Netflix website. Or if you prefer to view on a mobile device, the Netflix app is available on smartphones, smart TVs and game consoles, among other platforms.
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