Few shows have influenced pop culture like Stranger Things on Netflix. The hit series’ fourth season broke the streamer’s viewing records for English-language TV, with its upcoming fifth and final season destined to do the same. As the platform’s biggest blockbuster franchise, it should come as no shock series creators Matt and Ross Duffer have been plotting a Stranger Things spinoff. However, what fans may find surprising is the novel direction they plan to explore.
“It’s not following… I’ve read these rumours that there’s gonna be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s gonna be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it’s another number,” the Duffer Brothers recently said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”
The Duffer Brothers made it crystal clear the spinoff will be “1000% different” from the original series. While it may not feature the same main characters fans have come to love, they did mention the upcoming spinoff will maintain the tone and “storytelling sensibilities” of the flagship.
When probed by the podcast hosts about Stranger Things 5, the creative pair said fans should expect a shorter and faster-paced final season.
“The only reason we don’t expect it to be as long is because if you look at it, it’s almost a two-hour ramp-up before our kids really get drawn into the supernatural mystery,” Matt said. “You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, what they’re struggling with, adapting to high school, and so forth. Steve’s trying to find a date, all of that. None of that obviously is going to be occurring in the first two episodes of .”
“For the first time ever,” he added, “we don’t wrap things up at the end of 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. Characters are already going to be in action. They’re already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that’s going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different.”
The first four seasons of Stranger Things are now available to watch on Netflix.