The “Duffer Brothers,” the brothers who created Stranger Things, published an open letter about the future of the show in February. The Duffers teased Season 4, the most ambitious yet (the per episode budget was reportedly $30 million), in the letter they wrote to “nerds” (fans). The letter hinted at the future as well, stating that Season 4 would be “the beginning of the end.”
The Duffers predicted that Season 4 would be the halfway point and that Season 5 would conclude the storylines involving the Season 1 characters. The brothers explained how they had plotted out the entire story arc before the first season, and how they had always intended to run the show for four or five seasons. After Season 5, that story involving Eleven, Mike, Will, and Hopper will come to an end.
The Duffers did not, however, state that Season 5 would be the series’ last.
It appears that some sort of spin-off to the original series will be inspired by those new “exciting stories.”
Here is everything we currently know about Stranger Things Season 5 and other future seasons, if any.
When Will Stranger Things Return for Season 5?
The good news is that Stranger Things 5 will undoubtedly take place. Uncertainty: The release date is unknown because filming hasn’t started yet.
The Duffers stated they didn’t yet have shoot dates for the final season in a recent interview. Originally, they had planned to film Seasons 4 and 5 back-to-back, but due to Season 4’s length, this schedule proved impractical. The Duffers claimed that because of the postponed filming, Season 5 will take place earlier than Season 4, which will probably account for the actors’ advancing years.
While a release date has not yet been announced, Netflix has confirmed that the season will be available in a “binge model,” which means it won’t be available every week as some streaming services are starting to do.
Though this may sound optimistic, especially if the final season is as successful as Season 4, we’re hoping for a late 2023 air date.
What Will Stranger Things Season 5 Be About?
The Duffers have stated that Season 5 will examine the Upside Down’s historical background. The physics of the world—why it seems to be stuck in a particular moment in time—and the hierarchy of the monsters that live there will also reportedly be explored.
The Upside Down’s temporal inertia was first revealed in Season 4, when Nancy discovered that the realm seemed to be frozen in 1983.
In Season 4, Eleven revealed that the Upside Down portal had been opened much earlier than previously thought. To give you a spoiler alert, she zaps Henry Creel into the Upside Down in 1979, where he later became Vecna.
So where does the Upside Down end up in 1983? Was the first monster Henry Creel?
All of our concerns about Upside Down’s past will be answered in Season 5.
What About That Stranger Things Spinoff?
According to the Duffers’ letter, the story of the original cast of characters won’t be continued in the Stranger Things spinoff. If the spin-off will even occur in Hawkins is unknown.
Only that both Duffers will be involved and that it might be a movie are known specifics about the spinoff.
The Duffers updated Variety on their progress in a recent interview.
“We do have an idea for a spinoff that we’re super excited about … but we haven’t told anyone the idea yet, much less written it. We think everyone — including Netflix — will be surprised when they hear the concept, because it’s very, very different. But 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!”
Well, that’s all we havere here so far about Stranger Things 5. We hope this guide helped you. If you are watching Stranger Things 4, make sure to know why Eleven doesn’t have here powers.