Stranger Things Season 5: Here’s What We Know About the Final Season-READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS

Season 5 is likely to have a time jump considering the actors who play the kids are all approaching (or already in) their 20s, despite technically still being in high school in the Stranger Things world

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Stranger Things Season 5: Here’s What We Know About the Final Season-READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS
Stranger Things season 5 was expected to premiere sometime in early 2025 before the dual actors and writers strike. However, in a GQ video, Finn Wolfhard said that he would be 22 when season five finally hit Netflix.

The filming was originally set to take place this summer, but when the writers strike was called in May, the Duffer Brothers took to social media to announce that though they were done with the preliminary scripts for season five, “Writing does not stop when filming begins.” They continued, “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.”

While SAG-AFTRA called the actors' strike which ultimately delayed the start of the production on season 5. Once the actors' strike is over (the WGA has since reached a deal), the busy schedules of the starry young cast, as well as the elaborate visual effects in the edit, will likely prolong the release of the final instalment even further, perhaps pushing it to later in 2025 or even early 2026.

Stranger Things Season 5 CAST

It is safe to say that Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Priah Ferguson (Erica), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Maya Hawke (Robin), Joe Keery (Steve), David Harbour (Hopper), Winona Ryder (Joyce) and Brett Gelman (Murray) will be returning for the final instalment. However, one main character whose fate is up inthe air is Sadie Sink’s Max. 

One character who will not return in the same capacity is Joseph Quinn’s beloved Eddie Munson, who died at the end of season four after helping the crew defeat Vecna, at least for an undisclosed amount of time.

Interestingly, Campbell Bower (aka Henry, 001 and Vecna), will be sticking around in the final season. 

While other new cast members may be announced, there’s a possibility Hamilton will be the only one. In an interview with IndieWire in August 2022, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer said they were doing their best to resist adding new characters.

Stranger Things Season 5 PLOT

While the writers recently restarted work on the script, not much is known about the plot of season five. 

However, the Duffer brothers have revealed a few things since the season four finale dropped on July 1, 2022. 

Will is a “big part and focus” of the final season, the showrunners told Collider in an interview following the fourth season. “We’re starting to see his coming of age, really,” Matt said. “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.” 

Season 5 is likely to have a time jump considering the actors who play the kids are all approaching (or already in) their 20s, despite technically still being in high school in the Stranger Things world. 

“I’m sure we will do a time jump,” Ross told TVLine in June 2022. “Ideally, we’d have shot [seasons four and five] 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.”

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