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Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Stranger Things season 5: Here's what we know so far about the final series

Stranger Things 4 ended with a major cliffhanger, setting up the fifth and final season with a bang.

Certainly, without giving too much away, it promises to be the biggest and boldest yet.

Here's everything we know about it so far.

Stranger Things season 5 release date speculation

It was announced in February 2022 that the show was renewed for a fifth and final season, although there is no time scale on when we can expect it.

Our own thoughts are that it will appear no sooner than the summer of 2023, maybe even 2024 considering the amount of special effects work required even after filming.

There were almost two years respectively between seasons 2 and 3, and 3 and 4, although the pandemic was largely at fault for the latter.

Where to watch Stranger Things season 5

Stranger Things season 5 will be available on Netflix, as the entire run is exclusive to the platform.


What we know so far about Stranger Things 5


The fragile barrier between the Upside Down and our own world has been smashed, with Vecna / Henry fulfilling his task of opening the largest rift yet.

That has seemingly allowed elements of the Upside Down to spill into Hawkins (with the dust-like snow a good indication of what's to come). Will also has good reason to think Vecna is still alive, thanks to his connection with the Mind Flayer as established in season one.

We also don't quite know what happened to the "particle monster" in the Russian prison, with the guard simply saying it had gone into "them".

So, all of this sets up the beginning of the next season nicely. It is likely to hit the ground running too, as show creators/writers The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, explained to Happy Sad Confused podcast: "Typically... it's almost a two-hour ramp up before our kids really get drawn into a supernatural mystery. You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, they're struggling with adapting to high school and so forth. Steve's trying to find a date, all of that," said Matt (as transcribed by The Hollywood Reporter).

"None of that is obviously going to be occurring in the first two episodes [of the final season]."

The brothers also revealed that the entire season is "going to be moving fast".

"Characters are already going to be in action, they're already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that's going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different," added Matt.

How many episodes will there be in Stranger Things season 5?

We don't yet know the number of seasons planned for the Stranger Things' final season, but The Duffer Brothers have revealed that, apart from the finale, they won't be as long as many of the episodes in season 4.

The final episode of Stranger Things is likely to be similar in length to season 4's - 150 minutes long - but the others will be under 80 minutes: "We're more likely to do what we did here, which is to just have a two-and-a-half hour episode," said Matt Duffer on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

How to catch up on Stranger Things

All of Stranger Things is available on Netflix. You can watch the first four seasons (34 episodes in total) on the streaming platform in up to 4K HDR / Dolby Vision and with Dolby Atmos sound.

Will there be a Stranger Things season 6?

Sadly, Stranger Things 5 will be the last. The story will end with its last episode.

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