Updated: Feb 18
On the day Netflix released a new poster for their upcoming Stranger Things season 4 and before we even so much have gotten a trailer for said season, Stranger Things, has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
In addition to the renewal, it was also announced that the long-awaited Season 4 of the show will premiere in two “volumes,” the first on May 27 and the second on July 1. In an open letter to fans, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer said the split season resulted from the nine episodes in Season 4 having a total running time twice as long as that of any previous one.
The Duffer Bros noted that the full arc was expected to be “four or five” seasons when they first envisioned the show, so the end is not a surprise. Plus, it won’t be the end of the franchise, they promised.
“There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes, but first we hope you stay with us as we finish this tale.”
In its final moments of the third season airing more than two-and-a-half years ago, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is seen taking her sons (Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) out of their Indiana town to start a new life. After a jump in geography, the final scene takes place in the far Eastern part of the Soviet Union, where guards are feeding a prisoner to an imprisoned Demogorgon — but “not the American.”
Stranger Things, whose first season debuted in 2016, is poised to benefit from the company’s increasing emphasis on franchise-building, the execs maintained. That push “is already working,” Hastings said, “but it’s probably, I don’t know, 20% of what it will be in a couple of years in terms of the auxiliary boost beyond just the title.”
Production of Season 4 was interrupted for several months last year due to complications from Covid. Cameras resumed rolling last September. The plan to release the new episodes in 2022 was confirmed last summer.