Big change in Stranger Things season 5: Everything we already know about the series finale

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Stranger Things season 4 is over, and the series finale is waiting in the wings. But when is Stranger Things season 5 coming to Netflix? Will there be a time jump?

Since July, season 4 of Stranger Things has been available in its entirety on Netflix. With overlength, the last two episodes concluded the epic battle against Vecna. But the mystery series has not yet reached its end. Netflix has long confirmed a 5th season of Stranger Things. It will be the finale of the main story.

Not much is known about season 5 yet, but we’ve gathered 4 important pieces of info for you. What follows is our spoiler-free preview of the series grand finale. Here are 4 things we already know about Stranger Things season 5.

When is Stranger Things season 5 coming to Netflix?

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Stranger Things season 5 will not launch until spring/summer 2024 – that’s the bitter but most realistic estimate Hopper actor recently confirmed in an interview. A start in 2024 is likely, he said, because long breaks between Stranger Things seasons have become a tradition. 3 years lay between seasons 3 and 4. The circumstances of the Corona pandemic were also to blame for this, so it will not come to such an interruption again. But a start next year is almost impossible. So far, there is not even a date set for the start of shooting.

This doesn’t have to be bad news at all. The 3-year break has done Stranger Things good. The showrunner brothers Matt and Ross Duffer used the time to develop the series further. About the state of the story in season 5, they say, “We’ve worked out quite a lot.” However, time brings an organizational problem. The only solution is…

Stranger Things season 5 will take place after a time jump

The Stranger Things cast around Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) is aging faster than the characters, which is especially noticeable during puberty, which some of the cast: ins have already overcome. Since CGI rejuvenation, as seen in It 2 or The Irishman, is not an option, there is only one way out: a time jump that incorporates the optical change into the plot, as seen in Riverdale. The showrunners have already confirmed that this will happen.

I’m sure we’ll do a time jump. Ideally, we would have shot [Seasons 4 and 5] back-to-back, but there just wasn’t a viable way to do it.

How big the jump will be, however, is not yet certain. At least two years seems appropriate.

Stranger Things 5 is the final season, but there will be spin-offs afterwards

Again, we don’t know the details yet, but that Netflix will continue to mine the Stranger Things goldmine is not surprising. The Duffer brothers have already come up with a spin-off idea that they plan to present to their employer Netflix in the near future. The concept is “unexpected” and “different” and will surprise everyone. Except for Mike actor Finn Wolfhard, who somehow managed to guess the idea. We can be curious! In the meantime, Netflix has also made it official: A Stranger Things spin-off is coming.

No weekly broadcast: Stranger Things in season 5 remains a binge series

The 4th season Stranger Things was rolled out in 2 parts. This strategy heated up the rumor mill, and Netflix might move even further away from the traditional binge model in the future and even air Stranger Things 5 with weekly episodes. Disney+, HBO and Amazon have been very successful with this. But Netflix won’t give away one of its key unique selling points. Netflix’s head of scripted series and movies, Peter Friedlander, ruled that out. He fears too much fan disappointment and is probably right.

So the Stranger Things future remains exciting, even after the Season 4 finale.