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Stranger Things 5 Will Have A Time Jump, The Duffer Brothers Confirmed

Those kids are growing up fast.

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Stranger Things knows how to cause a stir. On Feb. 17, 2022, the Netflix series revealed a ton of info about the series’ upcoming season, but amid all the hubbub over Season 4’s posters and dual release dates, one piece of information stood out: Season 4 will be the show’s penultimate season. This, of course, means Stranger Things 5 will be the show’s final season. With the end almost in sight, here’s what to expect from Stranger Things 5, including speculation on the series’ release date, cast, trailer reveals, and other updates.

When Stranger Things initially debuted in the summer of 2016, it did so with little fanfare and even less marketing. But Netflix execs underestimated the draw of a series that mixed the ‘80s idealism of Steven Spielberg with the horror of Stephen King, and the show soon became one of the streaming service’s biggest flagship series.

The series’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer (better known as the Duffer Brothers), previously confirmed Stranger Things 4 would not be the final season, but they also acknowledged that they know exactly how the show will end. In an open letter to fans ahead shared on Feb. 17, 2022, the Duffer Brothers revealed Season 4 would be released in two volumes, followed by a fifth and final season.

Stranger Things 5 Renewal Update

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When Netflix announced the renewal of Season 4 back in 2019, the streamer also announced an overall deal with the Duffers, promising new stories will come from them. Fans at the time assumed that also included a possible Season 5 and beyond for Stranger Things, even though the statement didn’t explicitly state that.

The Duffers’ Feb. 17 open letter officially confirmed Season 5 will happen. Although there weren’t that many details in the letter, one thing did stick out: the mention of new mysteries to come “within the world of Stranger Things.” So while Season 5 may be the end for this series, it’s probably not the end of the franchise.

Stranger Things 5 Cast Predictions

Going off the Duffer Brothers’ letter referencing finishing “this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends,” it’s a good bet the core cast of kids will head back to Hawkins for Season 5. That would be Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Noah Schnapp as Will, and Sadie Sink as Max. Also likely to return: Natalia Dyer as Nancy, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Maya Hawke as Robin, Priah Ferguson as Erica, and Joe Keery as Steve.

The letter also mentions “a broken police chief” and a “ferocious mom,” which has got to refer to Hopper and Joyce, played by David Harbour and Winona Ryder. Fans will also probably see Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman, Eduardo Franco as Argyle, and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson.

Stranger Things 5 Plot Predictions

With each season, the story of Stranger Things progresses a year at a time. For example, Season 4 is set in 1986, so fans would naturally expect Season 5’s events to happen in 1987, right? Well, the new season might actually make an even bigger jump. Ross Duffer revealed in a June 7 interview with TVLine that because the young cast of the show has visibly aged so much in recent years, the final season will need to implement a time jump. “I’m sure we will do a time jump,” Duffer said. “Ideally, we’d have shot [Seasons 4 and 5] back to back, but there was just no feasible way to do that. So these are all discussions we’re going to have with our writers when we start the room up.”

Stranger Things 5 Trailer & Release Date Predictions

It was a long two and a half years between Seasons 3 and 4 for Stranger Things. With that in mind, it’s hard to say when Season 5 will arrive. As much as fans would like 2023 to be the answer, it seems more realistic to assume 2024, given the massive production that will no-doubt go into making the farewell season.

That said, since it is one of Netflix’s most anticipated shows, fans will probably get a glimpse of footage early on, with teasers and behind-the-scenes videos arriving to hold everyone over. That means a teaser for Season 5 is pretty likely to come in 2023, even if the final season is not.

Stranger Things Seasons 1 through 4 are streaming on Netflix. Season 4, Vol. 2 will drop on July 1.

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