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‘Stranger Things’ Season 5: Everything We Know So Far

Netflix is preparing for one last trip to The Upside Down with Stranger Things season five set to mark an unforgettable finale to the much-loved sci-fi series. The Duffer Brothers’ captivating horror and ’80s nostalgia fest has been going strong since its debut in 2016 on the streaming service, however, the duo confirmed via a heartfelt letter that the upcoming season will be a wrap for Eleven and the gang. Although the plan was to commence production in early June, the WGA strike delayed filming, with many fans left wondering when is Stranger Things season five coming out?

NOTE: This overview contains season four spoilers and it is worth noting that no official release date has been confirmed for Stranger Things season five.

As for where we left off in Stranger Things season four, Vecna (played by Jamie Campbell Bower) had brought the Upside Down to Hawkins, causing a giant fissure to tear through the town, engulfing everything in a violent shade of red. Luckily, the gang had already reunited, but the looming question remains: Can they stop Vecna from taking over the world? As Stranger Things readies for its grand season five finale, we’re here to spill the beans on everything known so far.

Millie Bobby Brown in 'Stranger Things' season 4 (2022) | Image: Netflix
Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things Season 4 (2022) | Image: Netflix

Stranger Things Season 5 Production Update

If you’ve been asking ‘is Stranger Things over?’, the answer is no. However, the recently completed strikes involving writers and actors significantly disrupted the progress of various projects, including the highly anticipated Stranger Things season five.

On a positive note, the writing process for the new season has been completed, with a 2022 announcement from the Duffer brothers confirming that season five’s opening episode will be titled “The Crawl”. The series creators shared the title along with the writers’ room’s “day one” post on X (formerly Twitter).

“Writing does not stop when filming begins. While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then – over and out.”

Tweet from 'Stranger Things' creators the Duffers | Image: X
Tweet from Stranger Things creators the Duffers | Image: X

Potential Release Date Window

At the time of writing, no release date has officially been confirmed and we can only speculate as to when the new season will premiere. However, with the writer and actor strikes having recently ended, it’s fair to assume that momentum on the production of Stranger Things season five is building.

Considering the usual production timeline, each season of Stranger Things takes well over a year to bring from inception to completion. With the strike further complicating matters, Stranger Things season five is unlikely to make its debut until at least sometime in 2025. We’re still in the dark about how many episodes season five will have, but Netflix gave us a little teaser last November when it spilled the beans on the title of the first episode.

When discussing the season’s length on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Matt Duffer hinted that season five won’t be as big as season four. He said, “The only reason we don’t expect to be as long is, this season, if you look at it, it’s almost a two-hour ramp up before our kids really get drawn into a supernatural mystery. You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, they’re struggling with adapting to high school and so forth, Steve’s trying to find a date, all of that. None of that is obviously going to be occurring (in season five).”

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Stranger Things Season 1 | Image: Netflix

Stranger Things Season 5 Cast

While season four bid farewell to some characters we’d rather have seen stick around, the surviving central cast is set to return for Stranger Things season five. This includes Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, and other familiar faces like Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Maya Hawke, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Brett Gelman, David Harbour, and Winona Ryder. Despite Vecna’s apparent defeat in the season four finale, his return is also anticipated. Excitingly, we also have a new addition to the cast, with Linda Hamilton joining the cast as a newcomer, as officially announced at a TUDUM fan event. 

One character whose fate remains uncertain is Sadie Sink’s Max, who is currently in a coma, making it unsure if she will ever awaken. However, it’s a safe bet to expect her to return in some capacity for season five.

Sadie Sink in 'Stranger Things' season 4 | Image: Netflix
Sadie Sink in Stranger Things Season 4 | Image: Netflix

In a conversation with Deadline, Sink said, “They’ve been very secretive about season five in general. We did have a conversation. They called me before I read the ninth episode because in the script it literally says that Max dies. So they called me beforehand and were like, ‘just warning you, this is in there, so you’re not like truly shocked.’ I have no idea what’s coming in five and what that looks like. Max’s storyline is very up in the air, ’cause obviously she’s in a coma and Eleven can’t find her in the void. So who knows where she is and what state she’s in.”

Here’s the anticipated returning cast for Stranger Things season five:

  • Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven/Jane Hopper
  • Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
  • Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
  • Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
  • David Harbour as Jim Hopper
  • Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
  • Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
  • Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
  • Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
  • Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
  • Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
  • Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman
  • Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
  • Paul Reiser as Dr. Sam Owens
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard/Henry Creel/One/Vecna
  • Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler
  • Gabriella Pizzolo as Susie
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Maya Hawke, Joe Keery and Joseph Quinn in Stranger Things Season 4 | Image: Netflix

Stranger Things Season 5 Plot Rumours

As the Duffer Brothers and their team continue to develop things for Stranger Things season five, specific details about the storyline remain under wraps. However, it’s expected to bring significant revelations and twists. The Duffer Brothers have hinted at what’s to come and have stated that they have a clear vision for how the series will conclude, however, have remained secretive on the plot.

According to Matt Duffer in an interview with SFX, “We know what the ending is. It’s conceivable that it changes but I think it’s unlikely because it’s one of those endings that just feels, and has always felt, right. It also feels sort of inevitable. Then when you come up with it, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah well, that is absolutely what it has to be.'”

David Harbour in 'Stranger Things' season 4 | Image: Netflix
David Harbour in Stranger Things Season 4 | Image: Netflix

Variety reported that Will’s journey will be a major focus in the final season. In the season four finale, while the gang defeats Vecna, Will’s revelation that Vecna isn’t dead adds an unexpected twist. Furthermore, Vecna’s actions have opened four gates to the Upside Down, causing a massive crack and allowing the Upside Down to pour into Hawkins. 

Season five is shaping up to be the most emotional one yet. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Stranger Things creators revealed that they brought Netflix executives to tears with the first script. Matt jokingly said, “We did get our executives to cry, which I felt was a good sign that these executives were crying. The only other times I’ve seen them cry were like budget meetings.” 

Related: Stranger Things creators team up for a new supernatural series ‘The Boroughs’

The Duffer brothers with Winona Ryder | Image: Netflix
The Duffer brothers with Winona Ryder | Image: Netflix

They also hinted on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that characters will be driven by clear goals, promising a season with a unique and emotional depth.

“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,” said the series’ creators. 

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Jamie Campbell Bower and Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 | Image: Netflix

What We Think Stranger Things Season 5 Will Be About

As Stranger Things season five continues to take shape, many details about the upcoming storyline remain scarce. However, it’s likely that the season will centre around the final adventure of the Hawkins gang as they join forces to put an end to Vecna once and for all.

During their discussions with TV Line, the Duffer Brothers shared their plans for a time jump in the upcoming season. Furthermore, when speaking with Collider, the duo stated that season five will primarily be centred in the familiar settings of Hawkins and the mysterious Upside Down, without the narrative shifts to Russia, California, or Indiana. The brothers have also revealed that their main goal for season five is to break down the mythology of the Upside Down and finally provide answers to questions that have intrigued fans since season one.

In the epic season four finale, a whirlwind of events unfolds, setting the stage for an all-out showdown in season five. The climactic showdown sees Eleven and Vecna finally duke it out within Max’s psyche. Vecna gains the upper hand, temporarily restraining Eleven, allowing him to initiate a gruesome, bone-cracking, eye-bleeding ritual that inflicts excruciating harm upon Max’s mental projection.

'Stranger Things' season 4 | Image: Netflix
Stranger Things Season 4 | Image: Netflix

Despite the grim situation, Eleven manages to muster up her strength, pushing Vecna out of Max’s mind and freeing her in the real world. However, Eleven’s brief incapacitation inadvertently triggers the opening of Vecna’s massive Upside Down gateway, plunging Hawkins into chaos. The episode concludes with Eleven reuniting with Hopper, bringing a sense of closure to Stranger Things season four. However, just as it appears the story is wrapping up, a chilling twist unfolds when Will begins experiencing the familiar Mind Flayer sensations in his neck, rekindling his connections to the Upside Down.

As Will reveals towards the end of episode nine to Mike, “Now that I’m back, in Hawkins, I can feel him. And he’s hurt, he’s hurting, but he’s still alive. It’s strange knowing now who it was this whole time. But I can still remember what he thinks, and how he thinks. He’s not gonna stop, ever, not until he’s taken everything… everyone… We have to kill him.”

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Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna in Stranger Things Season 4 | Image: Netflix

The showrunners have shared some exciting insights about season five in the past, particularly highlighting Will’s central role in the upcoming episodes. Matt elaborated on this, saying, “We’re starting to see his coming of age, really, which has been challenging for a number of reasons; some of which are supernatural. But you’re starting to see him come into his own.”

To which, Ross went on to add, “I think you’ll see that with a couple of the character arcs, not just with Will. But also with Steve and Nancy, and her relationship with Jonathan, where things are not fully resolved. The characters have maybe made steps, like in the case of Will, but that journey isn’t over yet. All of that is going to play a huge role as we try to wrap this thing up next season.”

Where to Watch Stranger Things?

Looking to plunge back into the supernatural world of Stranger Things? Well, Netflix Australia has all the seasons of Stranger Things lined up and ready for your next binge-watching session.

Stranger Things Season 5 FAQs

What is Stranger Things‘ the Upside Down?

The Upside Down is an alternate dimension in Stranger Things that seems to mirror the show’s small midwestern town of Hawkins, but in a twisted, terrifying way. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer previously told Tudum that they wrote a 25-page mythology document while making Season 1 that explains the Upside Down’s mythology and lore. According to Matt Duffer, “We were like, ‘We know what’s going on in the Upside Down, more or less, but we want it to be unknowable. We want it to be mysterious.’ But they (Netflix) were like, ‘Yeah, but can you write it down?’ And so we wrote it all down.”

Will Season 5 of Stranger Things return to the Upside Down?

It certainly will. As Ross Duffer revealed during Geeked Week in June 2022, “The last remaining questions that are answered in that document (explained above), we’ve punted a couple of those to have some big reveals in Season 5, and that’s really going to affect what Season 5 is about.”

Will there be a Stranger Things Season 6?

Not in the near future. Netflix has announced that Season 5 of Stranger Things will be the show’s last. However, given Hollywood’s inability to say no to money, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see the cast and crew reunite at some point in the future; once their bank accounts need a top up following some significant time off from the world of Stranger Things.