Stranger Things fans are equal parts elated and devastated, as the Season 5 trailer drops
Back in February, the Duffer Brothers announced in an open letter alongside Season 4’s official poster that there would be a season 5, but that it would be the beloved characters’ last hurrah.
“Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things,” the pair shared. “At the time, we predicted the story would last four or five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but—as you’ll soon see for yourselves—we are now hurtling toward our finale.”
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The writers behind the Netflix show posted a photo of a dry-erase whiteboard with the caption, “Grid Stage,” with eight columns titled for each episode, one less than season 4.
Grid stage pic.twitter.com/b8EmBsafUF— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) August 25, 2022
Co-showrunner Matt Duffer confirmed that the final season will be shorter than the previous ones. “I don’t think the runtimes will be as extreme in Season 5,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re trying to return to the simplicity of the structure in season 1, with bigger scale and scope.”
uoos noʎ ǝǝs pic.twitter.com/pJ71dRgmo1— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) February 17, 2022
Luckily for fans, most of the original cast will return. This includes Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Noah Schnapp (Will), Priah Ferguson (Erica), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Maya Hawke (Robin), Joe Keery (Steve), David Harbour (Hopper), and Winona Ryder (Joyce).
By the looks of the trailer, season 5 will follow the Hawkins gang’s final journey to defeat Vecna once and for all. The Duffer brothers confirmed to Collider that the show will be concentrated on Hawkins and the Upside Down rather than divvying up time among different locations (see: Russia, California). Whatever happens, it looks like we’re all in for a wild ride.
There is no official release date for the final season of Stranger Things, but here’s hoping it happens sooner rather than later.