'Stranger Things' Director Teases 'Emotional' Season 5

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Stranger Things Season 5

Waiting for Stranger Things Season 5 to return is almost as bad as being trapped in the Upside Down. And while the delays between seasons are due in part to the increased budget and production elements (we all remember that expansive 142-minute Season 4 finale), the impact of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which brought production to a dead halt, can't be understated.

While the WGA strike has been resolved and the Duffer Brothers are now able to continue working on the Season 5 scripts, production cannot go forward without the actors. That means that we might not see the final season of Netflix's sci-fi epic until 2025.

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However, just because there is a strike going on doesn't mean that plans for Season 5 aren't in the works. Shawn Levy, one of the show's executive producers and the director of eight episodes so far, teased what's to come in an interview with Parade. "The scale of our final season is immensely cinematic and will be jaw-dropping in its events, but it's still very much rooted in the real superpower of this show, which is the Duffer's instinct for character."

He went on to say, "Season 5 is going to be as emotional as it is epic."

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Stranger Things is not a show that's been shy about killing off its main characters in devastating fashion. Whether it was Barb being dragged into the Upside Down swimming pool in Season 1, Bob being taken down by Demodogs in Season 2 or Eddie's demise in Season 4, the show knows how to send a gut punch. Reading between the lines, "as emotional as it it is epic" seems like code for "a major character will not make it out of the series finale."

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Of course audiences will have to wait (possibly for years) to see what "cinematic" and "emotional" events befall our heroes. In the meantime, Levy's latest Netflix project, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See arrives on the streamer today. Or you could just listen to Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" until Stranger Things returns.

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