Netflix have confirmed that a newly ordered fifth season of Stranger Things will be the shows’ last.
The news comes with the release of a letter to fans from creators the Duffer Brothers.
“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 see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale.”
Netflix also confirmed the start date for the 1980s-set sci-fi drama’s fourth season, which is being split into two parts. “Volume 1” of season four will arrive Friday 27th May (This is three years after season three arrived on the platform.). The second half of the fourth season, “Volume 2,” will debut on Friday 1st July. July 1. It’s unusual for Netflix to slightly stagger the release of a single season of a drama series rather than doing its usual all-episodes-at-once drop strategy.
The Duffer Brothers went on to say,
“With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes.”
Details of the upcoming fourth season are thin on the ground but the official synopsis reads:
“It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time — and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”
It is hoped the fifth and final season will air in 2023.
Stranger Things returns for the first half of season 4 on Friday 22nd May.