Stranger Things 5 Is Coming: Everything You Need to Know

The fifth and final instalment is officially on the way.
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After almost two years of waiting, production is finally underway on the final season of Stranger Things. 

Despite the secrecy surrounding Stranger Things 5, the series creators Ross and Matt Duffer have shared a handful of highly-anticipated glimpses of the new season and safe to say, we can’t get enough!

With the production of the most recent series of Stranger Things taking over two years, the long-awaited news of the cast’s return to Hawkins has come as a welcome reprieve to fans who have been eagerly counting down the days until the fifth and final instalment of the story. 

As we continue to analyse the updates for any hidden clues, scroll down for everything you need to know about the upcoming Stranger Things 5. 

The cast are back for one final season. (Credit: Facebook)

Will there be a Season 5 of Stranger Things? 

Stranger Things is officially returning for season five, with production on the series having commenced in January 2024. 

Speaking ahead of the season four release in 2022, the Duffer Brothers confirmed that Stranger Things 5 would be the last instalment of the beloved saga. 

“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… Season four will be the penultimate season. Season five will be the last,” they shared in a statement. 

Ross Duffer shared this snap of Maya Hawke & Joe Keery from day one on set. (Credit: Instagram)

What is the plot of Stranger Things 5?

In keeping with their typical level of mystery, the Stranger Things team have not revealed too many details about the plot of season five.

Despite this, the Duffer Brothers have been kind enough to share a few crumbs of what we can expect, telling Collider that Stranger Things 5 will have a time jump and will be primarily set in the characters home town of Hawkins and the Upside Down. 

In terms of action, Matt Duffer revealed to The Guardian that the latest season is “like season one on steroids” and is “the biggest it’s ever been in terms of scale.” 

Speaking to Netflix’s TUDUM ahead of production, the Duffer Brothers also revealed that the final season will utilise material and plot points originally slated for previous seasons. 

“For season five, we’re pulling from a lot of those big season two ideas. A lot of our big ending stuff has pulled from stuff that we thought was going to be in season two,” they shared, leading fans to believe that the fifth and final season will place a large focus on Will Byers’ connection to the Upside Down and the history of how Hawkins Lab came to be. 

The Duffer Brothers described the most recent season as “the beginning of the end.” (Credit: Netflix)

When is Stranger Things 5 coming out? 

On February 1, Netflix released their list of upcoming titles for 2024 and sadly for fans, Stranger Things 5 was nowhere to be seen.

While she did not give specifics, Millie Bobby Brown revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show that as of March 2024, production on the series would be taking place for the next nine months – establishing an estimated wrap date of approximately early December 2024. 

Although the Duffer Brothers have not yet confirmed an official release date, it has since been widely reported that Stranger Things 5 will be released in late 2025, with the series’ extensive VFX work being touted as the primary reason behind the extended production time. 

Ross Duffer shared a behind-the-scenes snap of Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer to commemorate their 19th week of filming. (Credit: Instagram)

Production on the final instalment of the saga was also delayed as a result of the 2023 Writers and Actors strikes.

“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,” tweeted the Stranger Writers following the announcement of the strike. 

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