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. There's still so much ahead for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang. Luckily, the wait for answers may end sooner than expected as Stranger Things season 5 brings about an official finale to the supernatural drama.
Off the small screen, Stranger Things has earned a total of 13 nominations at the upcoming 2022 Emmy Awards airing on September 12, including for Best Drama Series. While we wait for the show's epic conclusion, 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.”
In fact, 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 confirmation about when Stranger Things will come out but writing and filming will begin in the next few months.
Is season 5 the last of Stranger Things?
As much as it hurts to say, friends don't 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 toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last.
How many episodes are in Stranger Things season 5?
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
Buckle up — the final installment means tying up a lot of loose storylines, a thought that occurred to Ross while writing the new season. He told Entertainment Weekly: "For the first time ever, we don't wrap things up at the end of [season] 4, so it's going to be moving. I don't know that it's going to be going 100 miles an hour at the start of 5, but it's going to be moving pretty fast."
What's more, the Stranger Things writers recently tweeted a photo of planning for the final season and captioned it, "Grid Stage." The teaser revealed a whiteboard divided into eight columns and organized by each episode, suggesting that the last season will have one episode less than its predecessor.
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It's a step back from what fans expected after last season's extra, movie-length episode, but the creators offered up an explanation in August. "I don’t think the run times will be as extreme in season 5," Matt told The Hollywood Reporter. "We’re trying to return to the simplicity of the structure in season 1, with bigger scale and scope."
Though it may not be as lengthy as its season 4 counterpart, don't be disappointed — it seems like season 5 will jam in a lot of action. Matt said he still expects the final episode to be "pretty massive." Comparing it plot-wise to the over three-hour conclusion of Lord of the Rings, the Duffer Brothers reassured it will feature "like, eight endings."
Are there any Stranger Things season 5 spoilers?
One storyline sure to carry over is Will (Noah Schnapp)'s relationship with Mike (Finn Wolfhard). In July, the Stranger Things actor reflected on the finale with Variety. "I mean, it’s pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike," he told the outlet. "They’ve been intentionally pulling that out over the past few seasons. Even in season 1, they hinted at that and slowly, slowly grew that storyline."
He added: "I think for season 4, it was just me playing this character who loves his best friend but struggles with knowing if he’ll be accepted or not, and feeling like a mistake and like he doesn’t belong. Will has always felt like that."
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
"All his friends, they all have girlfriends and they all fit into their different clubs. Will has never really found anywhere to fit in," Noah concluded. "I think that’s why so many people come up to me and tell me that they love Will and they resonate with him so much because it’s such a real character."
Aging out of adolescence, and of course, away from the Mind Flayer of it all, Will's in for a huge journey ahead. "Now he’s scared to come out and doesn’t know if they’ll accept him," Noah said. "And then Eleven is like his sister, but he doesn’t want to hurt her because if he says he likes Mike, that’s gonna hurt her feelings. There’s all these things running in his mind. So I kind of just have to make sure that I’m conveying the depth of all his traumas."
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers and Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
Like their onscreen characters, the real-life actors are growing up. The coronavirus pandemic set back production's timeline, which presented a major dilemma that the geniuses behind the hit Netflix series have started to think about.
“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 won't 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."
The journey's bound to be a rollercoaster that the creators hope can satisfy in a way that's both entertaining and feels right. He added in the Entertainment Weekly interview: "While a lot of season 5 is actually pretty blurry, the last 30 minutes of it are pretty clear in our heads."
Who will be in the Stranger Things season 5 cast?
Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
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 Harbour 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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On February 17, the Duffer Brothers announced that season 5 will be the final chapter for Stranger Things, the sci-fi series that's sustained global phenomenon status throughout its record-breaking run on Netflix.Is Stranger Things looking for actors for season 5? ›
So far as we know, The casting for Stranger Things 2023 has started. Although Duffer Brothers and casting directors are not looking for any actors to be in leading roles in Stranger Things Season 5 audition, you can still appear for auditions for other acts in the drama.Will season 5 of Stranger Things be the last? ›
But the biggest update about the fifth season so far came on November 6 — the date Will Byers vanished in 1983, which Netflix has deemed “Stranger Things Day.” In a photo posted to all of their social media platforms, the team behind the series revealed the title of the first episode of the fifth and final season.What do we know about season 5 of Stranger Things? ›
We would therefore estimate that Stranger Things season 5 won't come out until late 2023 at the very earliest. Realistically, though, the new season will probably drop in 2024. Eleven star Brown told Netflix Queue (opens in new tab) that filming doesn't begin until 2023.Who is Will Byers boyfriend in season 4? ›
In season four, a new aspect of Will emerged more fully; the teenager from Hawkins appeared to have a crush on his friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), and now Noah is confirming that Will is indeed gay and in love with Mike.Is Eddie coming back in s5? ›
Stranger Things 5 on Netflix: Eddie Munson returns for final season.Is casting TaylorMade real? ›
Based out of Atlanta, Casting TaylorMade has spent nearly a decade connecting background actors, extras, and performers with careers in the film industry. They're known for their casting work on the hit TV show Stranger Things.Is Sadie sink in Stranger Things 5? ›
While Sadie's fate is still up in the air, we can expect the rest of the gang to return for season five, including Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Natalia Dyer as Nancy, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, Joe Keery as Steve, Priah Ferguson as Erica, and Winona Ryder as Joyce.How old is Millie Bobby Brown? › Will there be a season 6 of Stranger Things? ›
Stranger Things season 5 will be the show's last ever series. What do we know about the final episodes of the Netflix series? When will it air? And will there be a spinoff series?
Vecna revealed in season four, he was the one who created the Mind Flayer after Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) banished him to the Upside Down. All this time, the Mind Flayer was Vecna, who was using the entity to carry out his orders and speaking through the creature.Is Stranger Things based on a true story? ›
Stranger Things is inspired by a 'true' story.
The show was originally called 'Montauk' and took inspiration from an alleged US Military programme named The Montauk Project which, legend has it, included experiments on children involving mind reading, mind control and time travel.
Will Zendaya be in Stranger Things season 5? As much as we wanted to see the incredibly talented actress join the Stranger Things cast in the 5th and last season, it's simply not happening. Unfortunately, Zendaya won't show up in the 5th season.What is the main point of Stranger Things? ›
When Joyce's 12-year-old son Will goes missing, she begins a terrifying investigation with local authorities. Since they seek answers, they uncover a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unsettling supernatural forces, and a very unusual young girl.What is the point of the show Stranger Things? ›
In February 2022, the series was renewed for a fifth and final season. Set in the 1980s, primarily in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series centers on a number of mysteries and supernatural events occurring around the town and their impact on an ensemble of child and adult characters.Who is in love with Will Byers? ›
Speaking about Will, actor Schnapp confirmed to Variety: "Now it's 100 percent clear that he is gay and he does love Mike.Does Will Byers have a crush on El? ›
“If you've been watching the show, you should know that Will is not interested in El,” Harbour said. “He's interested in someone else in the group.” Later, Harbour added, “Will wants to be in the basement with Mike playing D&D for the rest of his life.”Is Will Byers in love with El? ›
Will is gay and in love with Mike, who is straight and in love with El. Unfortunately, it seems that Stranger Things is going to let Will's feelings stew in the shadows until the bitter end.Who does Eddie have a crush on? ›
'Stranger Things' 4 Volume 2: Eddie Did Have a Crush on Chrissy, Says Joseph Quinn. An aspect of Eddie's storyline in Stranger Things 4 that fans hoped would be explored in another universe was his relationship with Chrissy.Will Billy be in Stranger Things 5? ›
Since the second season, Stranger Things has introduced multiple new characters. Some of those include unnecessary (sorry!) Kali/008 , an especially key character in season 3, Billy Hargrove, the ultimate fan-favorite Eddie Munson, and many more.
Oh, and even though Eddie Barker (Forest Whitaker) wasn't in peril come the close of the fourth season, he is dead now after hitting his head while drunk and having the unfortunate luck of his old/new wife Giselle just leaving him to bleed out.How can you tell a fake casting? ›
- Spelling mistakes and really bad or incorrect grammar.
- Obvious broken English.
- Email addresses that are written out with parentheses or special characters.
- Promises of paying you in advance.
- Phrases like “Our talent scout is in your town!”
- Anyone who says they can make you a star.
How do I spot a casting scam? To spot a casting scam, actors should be aware of a few common red flags: odd spellings or incorrect grammar, email addresses written out with parentheses or special characters, and offers to pay you in advance.Can you trust backstage casting? ›
Definitely! Backstage has lots of projects casting child and teen actors for roles in films, TV shows, commercials, Broadway musicals, and more. All of these notices are reviewed and vetted by our casting team for legitimacy and accuracy, ensuring young performer have safe access to the opportunities of their dreams.Is the upside down underneath Hawkins? ›
Inhabitants. The Hawkins tunnel system was an organism that grew out from the Upside Down, via the Mothergate at Hawkins Lab. It took the form of a series of tunnels, sprawling beneath the outskirts of Hawkins.Is the upside down in Hawkins? ›
In speaking about where we'll be spending our time in the show's final season, Matt Duffer revealed "It's mostly in Hawkins, and there's a lot obviously in the Upside Down." Season 4 saw our characters willingly diving into the Upside Down more frequently as a means to attack Vecna and save each other.Do Max and Lucas love each other? ›
The duo end up clinging to one another, recognizing how close they came to losing someone they care about deeply. Still, it's not like Max and Lucas are declaring their undying love for each other — just yet, at least.Is Millie Bobby Brown deaf? ›
Millie shared details of her hearing loss with Variety, explaining that when she's performing—either acting or singing—she can't fully hear herself.Is 11 human in Stranger Things? ›
Fictional character biography. Eleven is the daughter of Teresa "Terry" Ives, and a participant in the Project MKUltra experiments conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Eleven appears to have been born a psychic with notable telekinetic and extrasensory abilities.How old is Will Byers? ›
In Stranger Things 4, Noah's character Will Byers is 15 years old.
Six, portrayed by De'Jon Watts, is a minor character in the fourth season of Stranger Things. He is one of several test subjects experimented upon at Hawkins Lab and was among those who were killed by One on September 8, 1979.Will there ever be a Stranger Things movie? ›
Unfortunately, however, fans are going to have to wait a little while longer for the gang's next adventure after production was halted in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and with shooting yet to be given the all-clear to resume, there still hasn't been a release date announced as of yet.Is there Stranger Things season 7? ›
In an open letter to Stranger Things fans via The Hollywood Reporter, the creators behind the series, Matt and Ross Duffer, revealed that Season Five would be its last.Is the Mind Flayer 001? ›
The Mind Flayer could be 001 and have been trapped in the Upside Down for several years or created the entire dimension itself. Most fans consider the other “numbers”, or the other lab experiments from Hawkins National Lab to be deceased. Brenner even hinted at this himself.How did 001 become Vecna? ›
In a fit of rage, Henry used his restored powers to brutally murder the other test subjects, and attempted to do the same to Eleven. However, Eleven stood her ground and ultimately overpowered him, sending him through a gate to the Upside Down; there, he gradually transformed into the being known as Vecna.Did number one create the upside down? ›
Brown is likely right in saying that no one created the Upside Down and that the parallel dimension has always existed. And if the boys' science teacher was right in saying there are “infinite variations” of our world in alternate dimensions, there could even be several versions of the Upside Down out there.Was Hawkins real? ›
The setting of the fantasy series has piqued the interest of fans who want to visit Hawkins, the town located in Indiana, USA where the action takes place. Except that this town is fictional.Is Hawkins lab a real place? ›
Standing in as the fictional Hawkins National Laboratory, the old Georgia Mental Health Institute (GMHI) was established in 1965 by Emory University and the state of Georgia on the grounds of the Briarcliff estate, the former home of Asa G.Is the Demogorgon real? ›
No. The Demogorgon, also known as the Monster, is a predatory humanoid creature that originated from the parallel dimension known as the Upside Down. It is a fictional character in TV series Stranger Things.Is Addison in Stranger Things 5? ›
No, Addison Rae is not joining the cast of Stranger Things season 5, and it's possible that no one else is either.
As he tells Mike, he painted him as the Knight with a shield featuring a coat of arms with a heart design to symbolize Mike's standing as the heart of the group. As Will tells him, “That's what holds this part together. Heart. Because without heart, we'd all fall apart.”Will there be 11 in Stranger Things 5? ›
The returning cast members for Stranger Things 5 include: Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Priya Ferguson (Erica), Joe Keery (Steve), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Maya Hawke (Robin).What is the upside down Stranger Things? ›
The Upside Down is an alternate dimension existing in parallel to the human world. The dimension originally consisted entirely of sprawling mountains and floating rocks, and was home to a race of humanoid predators.Why do people like Stranger Things so much? ›
Whether it's the maternal urge to protect a child or the loss of innocence that comes with adolescence, Sharp argues these universal ideas give stories like “Stranger Things” their mass appeal. “Fighting against this big bad is something that everyone of every generation resonates with,” Sharp says.How long was Will missing in Stranger Things? ›
From the looks of it, Will is trapped in the Upside Down for just a week, even if it felt much longer. Additionally, season one sees a time jump after Will is rescued with the series closing a week or so before Christmas, which again seemed to suggest it was a matter of days he had been gone for.What was the point of number 8 in Stranger Things? ›
The season opens up with a young girl in Pennsylvania, who has an 008 tattoo on her arm. She has psychic powers that allow her to make other people see things. However, she's not using her powers for good means and instead uses them to form a criminal gang that robs banks.Why did Billy sacrifice himself in Stranger Things? ›
She got through to Billy and spoke to him about this memory, leading the Hawkins lifeguard to shed a tear and sacrifice himself to stop the Mind Flayer from killing Max and her friends.Is Stranger Things about mental health? ›
While the wildly popular Netflix show is a sci-fi tale set in the 1980s, Stranger Things has shined a light on current mental health issues that feel all too real, like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and therapy options for these disorders.What did the Duffer Brothers say about season 5? ›
The Duffer brothers said that season five of "Stranger Things" likely wouldn't be as long as season four. The cocreators said that the show's final season wouldn't need to "ramp up" as much as season four. Still, they said that the series finale would likely be as long as season four's over two-hour finale.What did the Duffer Brothers say about stranger things Season 5? ›
The Duffers actually joked that the last episode of season five will be “Return of the King-ish,” a nod to the Lord of the Rings film that runs for three hours and 21 minutes.
Charlie Kessler was suing the Duffer brothers for idea theft—and his suit could have changed Hollywood. But two days before the trial was set to commence, he dropped the lawsuit. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Courtesy of Netflix.Did the Duffer Brothers regret killing Chrissy? ›
Fans were particularly gutted to see Chrissy being killed off, especially given the fact that she and Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) had just sparked what had the potential to become a very cute romance. Now, Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers have opened up about their regrets over killing Chrissy.Is the upside down leaking into Hawkins? ›
In addition to confirming the location, Duffer shared an amusing anecdote about the struggles of VFX minutiae with the Upside Down leaking out into the real world. Duffer said: "Yeah. It's mostly in Hawkins, and there's a lot obviously in the Upside Down.Did the Duffer brothers say eddies coming back? ›
Sorry. Eddie is definitely dead, the Duffers confirmed, squashing all hopes of a Martin Brenner-esque resurrection. Max (Sadie Sink), however, is alive, but "brain dead, blind, and all of her bones are broken," the brothers said.Is Stranger Things 4 about mental health? ›
'Stranger Things' Season 4 Uses Max's Story as an Allegory for Mental Health. Max's journey proves to be one of the most impactful moments in the show. The second season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things introduced a new slew of characters, one of which is a spunky, smart, red-headed Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink).What mental illness does Stranger Things have? ›
Max Mayfield, another character, has been transformed by the demons she encounters, while chief of police Jim Hopper continues to deal with his anger issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The show has also addressed some major mental health issues that the world needs to become aware of.What is the most famous line in Stranger Things? ›
Perhaps the most famous quote from Stranger Things, “Friends don't lie” has been a beacon of guidance for young Eleven.What did Hopper's note say? ›
Here is the unedited version of what Hopper's letter to Joyce said: “Hop is alive. He looks ford too date. Pleeze to make resarvazion, call 7-415-218-4642 (have pic of rest of numbers).Why did Stranger Things 4 have a warning? ›
Netflix is adding a warning card to the “Stranger Things 4” premiere in light of the shooting on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 21 people dead — including 19 children and two teachers.Has Stranger Things four broke records? ›
That's a record...by over one billion hours. Absolutely insane. Here are the ten biggest totals to date: Stranger Things: Season 4 - 1.794 billion hours.
Will Byers: Will was found in the Upside Down with a tendril extending down his throat following his capture by the original Demogorgon (see Stage Six below). A month after returning home, Will coughed up a larva and washed it down his bathroom sink drain.Who got killed off of Stranger Things? ›
The Stranger Things doctors confirmed that Max died. Her heart stopped for a full minute. As we know, though, Eleven managed to bring her back, because she can do that now, obviously. Considering that Sadie Sink ran herself up that hill into making Max a fan-favorite hero, we're sure that she'll wake up from that coma.Are they killing off a main character in Stranger Things? ›
Stranger Things does kill off one-season characters like Barb and Eddie, but losing them doesn't raise the stakes like killing off a longtime cast member would. That said, the Duffers said that there are more deaths “on the table” for season 5, which is the final season.