We have updates on the fifth installment of our trip down the strange land of Upside Down, engulfed in an 80s vibe.
Stranger Things Season 5 will be back for sure but when?
The science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers was renewed for a fifth and final season back in February 2022! Ever since then, fans have been grappling with bitter-sweet contention regarding the final chapter of their beloved show. Things have not been smooth over these few months since the season renewal due to the onslaught of the WGA and SAG- AFTRA strike situation, and the wide fandom has been searching for even a hint of an update on the production front and when we can expect Stranger Things Season 5 to release.
If you are one of the viewers who are shrouded in queries regarding the new season of your favorite 80s show, you have come to the right place, as we have gathered some recent updates on the upcoming season of Stranger Things. So, continue reading.
Stranger Things Season 4: Release Date Update
Due to the worldwide popularity of the series, the fourth season was well received, with an approval rating of 88% based on 193 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Darker and denser than its predecessors, Stranger Things‘ fourth chapter sets the stage for the show’s final season in typically binge-worthy fashion.
Ever since the renewal announcement in February of 2023, everything was moving according to schedule, where David Harbour confirmed that filming was set to begin in the summer. Additionally, Noah Schnapp informed me that principal photography would begin by May. However, David Harbour later informed fans during Middle East Comic Con that filming would commence one month later, in June. Another source suggested filming was set to begin on May 15, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Later, Finn Wolfhard suggested Stranger Things 5 might release in 2025 as Noah Schnapp revealed via TikTok that he had received the first three scripts.
As you can see, the uncertainty of the final season release went through a roller-coaster ride, making the fandom more agitated regarding the dates for release.
Thereafter, it was revealed that production for Stranger Things Season 5 had been delayed due to the 2023 WGA writers’ strike, which began in May 2023, disrupting the script writing for the final season. The situation got out of hand when SAG AFTRA joined the mix, turning it into a double strike, rendering several series productions to go into an indefinite hiatus.
“As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” SAG AFTRA said in a statement that was issued to the public last week on Friday after the meeting was concluded. Hence the chances of production initiation seem bleak.
However, we can make an educated guess on the release date through the earlier patterns of release followed by the show, provided that the strike situation dies down within the next two months. Our prediction for the show to make its official comeback rests in 2024 or maybe even later, which also depends highly on the post-production schedule, which includes some of the hectic workloads of carrying out the editing with heavy VFX work, which isn’t an easy task and can take up to six months before episodes are completed and are ready to be premiered on Netflix.
Hence as of writing this, we predict a mid-2024 release since the production for Stranger Things Season 5 has not set its course yet.
Stranger Things Season 5 Spoilers: Season 5 Episode 1 Revealed
Viewers, get ready to buckle up for the final ride as creators have revealed the 1st episode title of Stranger Things Season 5, and it is “Chapter One: The Crawl.” Also, the final season will consist of eight episodes, as revealed by the streamer giant. Check out the post for the same below:
It’s been ⚡️🎸ONE YEAR🎸⚡️ since the epic finale of Stranger Things 4 pic.twitter.com/IPMVi6W0zk
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 1, 2023
Here is what creators Matt and Ross Duffer previously told Tudum about the mythology and lore of the Upside Down. “We were like, ‘We know what’s going on in the Upside Down, more or less, but we want it to be unknowable. We want it to be mysterious,” Matt Duffer explained. “But they were like, ‘Yeah, but can you write it down?’ And so we wrote it all down.” These hints can be attributed to the theme of the last season. More lingering mysteries are coming your way!
“The last remaining questions that are answered in that document, we’ve punted a couple of those to have some big reveals in Season 5,” said Ross Duffer during Geeked Week in June.
These mysteries include the government program at Hawkins Lab and “what happened to it once Henry became involved,” saying the final season will expand upon how Dr. Brenner “evolved it” into including multiple kids. In addition, the Upside Down being seemingly “frozen” on November 6, 1983, will also come into focus as a major plot point, which will be quite exciting and worth watching as a part of the final season! That’s not all! The recently released open casting call seeking for 1988 or older vintage vehicles suggests that season 5 might be set in 1988.
“And that’s really going to affect what Season 5 is about.” That will be continued by stating the premise as follows, “On Nov. 6, 1983, Will Byers went missing in Hawkins, Indiana. Long after the town gave up the search, his friends kept looking… and discovered a mysterious girl known only by the number: Eleven. She was alone, hunted, and extremely powerful. Eleven would stop at nothing to help them find their friend. Today, Stranger Things fans everywhere celebrate Nov. 6 as Stranger Things Day, a special day to share their love for the series.”
“Characters are already going to be in action, they’re already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that’s going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different,” Matt Duffer said at the time. “I’m sure the wrap-up will be a lot longer, it’s going to be ‘Return of the King’-ish with, like, eight endings.” (via Deadline)
This is all the updates we can gather for now. As we come across new updates, we will surely update you here.
Stranger Things Season 4: Episode List
This will help you make better predictions on what the final season will be based on:
S4.E1 ∙ Chapter One: The Hellfire Club
May 27, 2022
Still reeling from the events last year, the gang tries to move on with their lives. However, a threat is brewing both on Earth and the Upside Down.
S4.E2 ∙ Chapter Two: Vecna’s Curse
May 27, 2022
A plane brings Mike to California — and a dead body brings Hawkins to a halt. Nancy goes looking for leads. A shaken Eddie tells the gang what he saw.
S4.E3 ∙ Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero
May 27, 2022
Murray and Joyce fly to Alaska, and El faces serious consequences. Robin and Nancy dig up dirt on Hawkins’ demons. Dr. Owens delivers sobering news.
S4.E4 ∙ Chapter Four: Dear Billy
May 27, 2022
Max is in grave danger – and running out of time. A patient at Pennhurst Asylum has visitors. Elsewhere, in Russia, Hopper is hard at work.
S4.E5 ∙ Chapter Five: The Nina Project
May 27, 2022
Owens takes El to Nevada, where she’s forced to confront her past, while the Hawkins kids comb a crumbling house for clues. Vecna claims another victim.
S4.E6 ∙ Chapter Six: The Dive
May 27, 2022
Behind the Iron Curtain, a risky rescue mission gets underway. The California crew seeks help from a hacker. Steve takes one for the team.
S4.E7 ∙ Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
May 27, 2022
As Hopper braces to battle a monster, Dustin dissects Vecna’s motives — and decodes a message from beyond. El finds strength in a distant memory.
S4.E8 ∙ Chapter Eight: Papa
July 1, 2022
Nancy has sobering visions, and El passes an important test. Back in Hawkins, the gang gathers supplies and prepares for battle.
S4.E9 ∙ Chapter Nine: The Piggyback
July 1, 2022
With selfless hearts and a clash of metal, heroes fight from every corner of the battlefield to save Hawkins – and the world itself.
Stranger Things Season 5: Cast
The following members are set to reprise their roles for the final season:
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
- David Harbour as Jim Hopper
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
- Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
- Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
- Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
- Joe Keery as Steve Harrington.
The other cast members who are also expected to return are:
- Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
- Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman
- Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
- Paul Reiser as Dr. Sam Owens
- Jamie Campbell Bower as Henry Creel/Vecna
- Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler
- Eduardo Franco as Argyle
In case there are further additions to the cast, we will update this space, so keep a close watch.
Also, check out the new alert for a member addition to the cast by TUDUM:
🚨Breaking News From #TUDUM🚨
Linda Hamilton is joining the cast of Stranger Things 5! pic.twitter.com/WTZES503cF
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) June 18, 2023
Meanwhile, check out the trailer for Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2:
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