What we already know about Stranger Things season 5
Although the release of Stranger Things season 5 is still a long way off, the creators of the series have been dropping a few tidbits throughout the year. Sounds of Series offers you a recap!
1- There will be a time jump
As the years pass, the actors grow up. If Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and the others were only ten years old at the beginning of Stranger Things, almost all of them have reached their majority now, while their character are supposed to be between 14 and 16 years old in the series.
For the sake of consistency, the creators of the series, the Duffer brothers, could no longer pass them off as children. So they decided that the fifth and final season of Stranger Things would begin with an ellipsis.
2- The episodes will be shorter
All the episodes of the previous season were longer than an hour, and if for some it was good news, for some it was not. That’s why the creators of the show decided that they would come back to more reasonable times for the episodes of season 5.
In an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, they confided that “The only reason we don’t think [season 5] is going to be that long is because this season, if you watch it, there’s almost a two-hour build-up before our kids are really drawn into the supernatural mystery,” Matt Duffer explained. “For the first time, we’re not wrapping things up at the end of [season] 4. So it’s going to move, I don’t know if it’s going to move 100 miles an hour at the beginning of season 5, but it’s going to move pretty quickly.”
So we can expect shorter, but equally gripping episodes.
3- The season will mainly take place in Hawkins
In the season 4 final, all the characters end together in Hawkins. So there should be fewer side plots in the next season. Even if the characters will be moved less, there should be more action – and answers to our questions. Especially concerning the final battle, Max’s health, and the origins of the Upside Down.
The filming should begin in May, for a broadcast in mid-2024 on Netflix.
4- Some actors may come back
If it is certain that Chrissy, the character played by Grace Van Dien will not return, the adventure is not necessarily finished for everyone. Indeed, the young actress has decided to put her career on hold, but it could be that Joseph Quinn, the actor of Eddie Munson will be back on screen.
This summer, Joseph Quinn had confided that he would be “furious” not to come back, and that he would “love” to resume his role for the last season. Moreover, while the title of the first episode “The Crawl” has been revealed, the second has just been announced. It will be called “Kas The Bloody Handed”, Kas being a character from Dungeons and Dragons. As the rocker was bitten several times by demobats, a theory wants Eddie Munson to come back as Kas the vampire…
5- The adventure isn’t over !
Although the series will end with this final season, the story of Stranger Things is far from over! Recently, the Duffer brothers announced that a Stranger Things animated series was in the works.
While not much information is available yet, this one will still be based on the world of Hawkins and the Upside Down, and should pay homage to the cartoons of the 80s/90s. “We’ve always dreamed of an animated Stranger Things in the vein of the Saturday morning cartoons we grew up with, and seeing that dream come true has been absolutely thrilling,” the creators said.
A stage play is also expected to open in late 2023 in London. ‘Stranger Things: The First Shadow’ will be a prequel to the events of the series. It will take place in 1959 and will return to the past of some important characters of the series like Jim Hopper, Joyce Byers and many others.