While details so far are scant on what to expect for Season 5, we do have some solid intel on the series, including whether or not this will be the last we see of Eleven, Hopper and the rest of the beloved Hawkins gang.
Will there be Stranger Things Season 5?
Indeed! In February 2022, Netflix said in a statement that Stranger Things would return for Season 5.
Showrunners and creators Matt and Ross Duffer (known as "The Duffer Brothers") wrote in a Netflix blog (via The Hollywood Reporter), "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, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; Season 5 will be the last."
Is Season 4 the last season of Stranger Things?
Season 4 is not the last season of Stranger Things, but it is the beginning of the end. Season 5 will be the final season of the series, and Season 4 has been marketed with the tagline, "Every ending has a beginning." The penultimate season set up Season 5.
Ross Duffer previously told The Hollywood Reporter, "Season 4 won't be the end. We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The COVID-19 pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story."
When did Stranger Things Season 4 come out?
Stranger Things Season 4 was released in two volumes. Season 4, Volume 1 dropped on Netflix on May 27, 2022, and Season 4, Volume 2 was released on the streaming platform on July 1, 2022.
When is the Stranger Things Season 5 release date?
No official release date has been announced for Stranger Things Season 5 just yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming has not yet begun on the fifth and final installment of the Netflix smash. As a result, there are no estimates for the show's production and release slates at this time.
However, the Duffer Brothers did note to Variety that there would likely be a much shorter wait between Season 4 Volume 2 and Season 5.
"The gap should be quite a bit shorter this time, due to the fact that we already have an initial outline, and we can't imagine there will be another six-month forced hiatus," they said, adding, "During the six-month pandemic hiatus, we outlined Season 5 and pitched it to Netflix. Everyone there had also been present when we first pitched the show in 2015. While we were strangers then, we were now friends, and there were a lot of tears when it was over. It's just been an extraordinary journey for all of us, and while it's hard to believe that we're approaching the end, we feel incredibly lucky to have such amazing partners."
Is there a Stranger Things Season 5 trailer?
There is no trailer for Stranger Things Season 5 just yet, but watch this space!
Will there be a Stranger Things Season 5 movie?
No announcements have been made as to whether there will be a Stranger Things movie. As far as we know so far, Season 5 will still be a series, not a feature film.
Is Stranger Things Season 5 the last season?
Season 5 is, in fact, the final season of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers wrote in a blog (via Variety) that it was their decision from the start to have the Hawkins story arc run from four to five seasons.
However, they hinted that spinoffs may be possible in the future.
"There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes," the Duffers wrote. "But first, we hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down."
The Duffers reportedly signed a massive nine-figure deal with Netflix in 2019 ahead of Stranger Things Season 4, so it makes sense that we may see more stories from the Stranger Things universe on the streamer.
Who is in the Stranger Things Season 5 cast?
While we don't know the official Stranger Things cast, Season 5 will likely include:
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
David Harbour as Detective Jim Hopper
Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman
How many episodes is Stranger Things Season 5?
A final episode count for Stranger Things Season 5 hasn't been revealed. We do know, however, that Season 5 Episode 1 is titled "The Crawl," which Netflix announced in early November 2022. Many fans of the show linked the title to a lyric of Metallica's "Master of Puppets," which was Eddie Munson's signature song in Season 4.
Are there Stranger Things Season 5 spoilers?
Though it's technically only a spoiler if you really haven't been paying attention, Noah Schnapp revealed to Variety in July 2022 that a significant portion of Stranger Things Season 5 will focus on Will Byers' struggle with being gay—and yes, the character is gay, and yes, he is in love with Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard)!
"It’s this multifaceted trauma that goes years back, because he was taken by the Demogorgon and then his friends, they never acknowledged him, and now he’s scared to come out and doesn’t know if they’ll accept him," Schnapp said of his character. "And then Eleven is like his sister, but he doesn’t want to hurt her because if he says he likes Mike, that’s gonna hurt her feelings. There’s all these things running in his mind. So I kind of just have to make sure that I’m conveying the depth of all his traumas."