Stranger Things Season 5: Everything You Need To Know

Stranger Things Season 5, What lies in store for Eleven and the rest of the Hawkins gang…?

Stranger Things Season 5: Everything You Need To Know

Stranger Things Season 5 is unquestionably coming. Even while production on the new episodes hasn’t yet begun, we still have a general notion of what to look forward to in the series’ upcoming instalment.

The Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators, have already hinted that a time jump will probably be present. This makes sense given the young actors’ rapid maturation. Shawn Levy, the series’ executive producer, has revealed that he doesn’t want the show to run too long, indicating that a daring, fulfilling conclusion is soon to arrive. We don’t want to be one of those programmes that is flailing around trying to find a way to land on its feet, he said. We genuinely want to land on our feet.
Our Hawkins heroes had to contend with Vecna in Season 4, a formidable foe with a tangled relationship to Eleven and Dr. Martin Brenner. The conflict, which was one of their toughest yet, will continue in season 5. Despite the lack of a firm release date for Stranger Things season 5, we can estimate when new episodes might air by drawing on our understanding of past seasons. Check out our guide to the Stranger Things season 4, volume 2 ending for additional information.
There are some MAJOR spoilers below. So if you’ve yet to watch Stranger Things 4, click away and come back at a later date.

Stranger Things season 5 release date

Given that Stranger Things season 5 hasn’t yet begun production, it’s safe to assume that there will be some waiting until the next instalment is released. Season 4 began filming in February 2020 and ended in September 2021 due to COVID-related shutdowns. The first seven episodes of season 4 were not released until May 2022, eight months after season 4’s filming concluded.

Before the epidemic, each season usually took six to seven months to film. It takes well over a year to finish a season from beginning to end when you take into account the time-consuming VFX post-production work. Therefore, we predict that the release of Stranger Things season 5 won’t happen until at least late 2023.

Is Stranger Things season 5 the final season?

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Stranger Things season 5 will be the final chapter in the saga of Eleven, her companions at Hawkins, and the Upside Down, but it won’t be the last Netflix series to be set in the Stranger Things universe.

The Duffer Brothers made a suggestion on a potential spin-off series when they announced the impending end of the Netflix show: “The world of Stranger Things is still full of fascinating tales to be told. new puzzles, new journeys, and fresh surprising heroes.”
“We haven’t told anyone the idea yet, much less written it,” they added later on. “We think everyone – including Netflix – will be surprised when they hear the concept, because it’s very, very different. Somehow, Finn Wolfhard – who is one crazy smart kid – correctly guessed what it was going to be about. But aside from Finn, no one else knows!”

Stranger Things season 5 plot

The plot of Stranger Things season 5 is currently completely unknown, but the Duffer Brothers have hinted that they have a very good idea of how the entire series will end. In a recent SFX interview, Matt Duffer stated, “We know what the ending is. “It’s possible that it changes, but I believe it’s improbable because this ending just seems right and always has. It seems somewhat inevitable as well. When you finally think of it, you think, “Oh yeah, that’s definitely what it needs to be.””
David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper, remarked during the season 4 promotion, “We’re adding new stuff, but we’re also narrowing and wrapping everything in a certain direction.” “To make it have an ending at some point, which I can’t really talk about, that is clear, clean, particular, and decisive.”
In the last episode of Season 4, each group—in Nevada, Hawkins, and Russia—unknowingly worked together to defeat Vecna. In the Upside Down, Robin, Steve, and Nancy set fire to Max’s helpless physical form as Max baits his consciousness at the Creel House. Eleven is submerged in a makeshift sensory deprivation tank by Mike and Will in another scene, and as a result, her mind wanders to Max, who can help her fight the villain. Vecna is far from defeated, though, as Will notes toward the close of episode 9.
“Now that I’m back, in Hawkins, I can feel him. And he’s hurt, he’s hurting, but he’s still alive. It’s strange knowing now who it was this whole time. But I can still remember what he thinks, and how he thinks. He’s not gonna stop, ever, not until he’s taken everything… everyone… We have to kill him,” he solemnly tells Mike. 

Ross Duffer hinted that whatever happens, it’s going to be emotional in an interview with The Wrap(opens in new tab), saying, “5 is simply going to be pedal to the metal from the opening scene.” It was crazy to witness executives cry who I had never seen cry before.

Fans have been speculating about what might happen in the fifth and final chapter in recent weeks. Given that the Upside Down was discovered to be stuck in 1983, we have a strong suspicion that time travel will play a significant role.

Stranger Things season 5 cast

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It’s highly unlikely that any of the main cast members are going to split before Stranger Things wraps itself up for good, so it’s expected that they’re all set to return for season 5. That means Millie Bobby Brown will be back as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard will reprise his role as Mike Wheeler, and Sadie Sink will be seen again as Max Mayfield… if she manages to make it out of her coma. 

Other actors almost certainly geared up to show their faces again include Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Brett Gelman (Murray Bauman), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), and Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers).

Joseph Quinn, who was introduced as Eddie Munson in season 4, recently told The Guardian(opens in new tab) that he’d love to see the leader of the Dungeons & Dragons’ loving Hellfire Club return in season 5. “I’ll be furious if they don’t bring me back,” he laughed. “I’d love to, if they’ll have me.” (Given that the character was killed by a bunch of Demobats in episode 9, though, we’re not sure how likely that is – for more, check out our deep dive on everyone who dies in Stranger Things season 4, Volume 2.).

“Let me put it this way: I know about season five. Take from that what you will,” Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Vecna/Henry Creel/One, said elsewhere.

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