Every ending has a beginning
After what seems an eternity, Netflix has announced a release date for Stranger Things: Season 4. The streamer also revealed the series has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
In an open letter to the fans via Netflix’s blog, series creators the Duffer Brothers confirmed that Season 4 would be split into two parts: Volume 1 will arrive on May 27th, with Volume 2 releasing just five weeks later on July 1st. They also unveiled the news that the show will conclude with its fifth season.
“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.”
Dividing the release of a series isn’t common practice but the Duffer Brothers gave some insight into the decision.
“With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes.”
Thus far, promotion for the new season has been limited but an official description and short teaser have given us a taste of what’s to come.
Check them out below.
It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time — and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.
More from the Upside Down?
Although news of the series coming to an end will be met with disappointment, the Duffer Brothers also hinted that there might be more to come from this world.
“There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of ‘Stranger Things’; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes. 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. As always, we are grateful for your patience and support.”
The hit sci-fi horror series debuted in 2016 and quickly became a phenomenon. It has become one of Netflix’s most popular series and wracked up a total of 31 Emmy Nominations.
Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Natalie Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.
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