The Upside-Down Has Been Turned Right-Side Up Which Means The Land Between Evil And Good Has Merged.
With Several Impending Death Sentences, Who Will Be Back For The Final Round Of Stranger Things In 2024?
Death comes as an integral part of the 80s-inspired series that has broken viewership records ever since its inception in 2016. With gruesome and sudden deaths that lead the viewers to fumble after they formed an emotional bond with the characters, to the death of the martyrs in the event of saving the others from the evil crutches of the Upside Down, will Season 5 witness an amplified version of this death decree now that the Upside Down might merge with the Right Side Up? What we do know is that we can expect a revolving cast door when it comes to survival drama like Stranger Things.
We have some interesting updates on a new someone who will be joining the cast in the final Season. It is a name that resounds in the minds of all Terminator stans. It is none other than Linda Hamilton! The main question lingers: What part is she going to play? Will she be going Terminator on Vecna? How will she fit in with the Hawkins crew? Unfortunately, we do not have any updates on this yet given that the WGA strike just got over and the writers gathered back to write the final exit story of Stranger Things. Check out their announcement below for Linda’s joining:
🚨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
Apart from this gray area, we know the other cast members who are coming back for the next season. They are:
- 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.
- 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
While it’s likely that Sadie Sink will return as Max, considering she’s been left in a coma by Season 4’s end, it’s unclear to what capacity she’ll be appearing. Max’s comma sequence had the viewers on the edge of their seats, wondering if she would ever make it out of Upside Down.
It also seems like fan-fave character Eddie Munson, played by Joe Quinn, will be staying dead and won’t be returning for Season 5. There have also been reports that Season 5 will use digital techniques to de-age the existing cast in order to make the actors look younger. Stay tuned to Web News Observer for interesting updates such as these.
Now, with this being the final season, it’s expected that not every character is going to make it. “Well, it’s the last season, so people are probably going to die,” as described by Maya Hawke to Rolling Stone. “I would love to die and get my hero’s moment. I’d love to die with honor, as any actor would.
“But I love the way that the Duffer Brothers love their actors. The reason that they write so beautifully for me and for everyone else is because they fall in love with their actors and their characters, and they don’t want to kill them. I think that’s a beautiful quality that they have, and I wouldn’t wish it away.”
As for Noah Schnapp, after coming out as gay shortly after confirming his character Will is gay, he told Variety: “I think the way I act in Season 5, honestly, might be a little different. I will be fully aware of who I am. Knowing all of that about myself and being able to invest that in my character, I’m honestly just excited.”
In the same interview, Ross Duffer said: “Will really takes center stage again in Season 5. This emotional arc for him is what we feel is going to hopefully tie the whole series together. Will is used to being the young one, the introverted one, the one that’s being protected. So part of his journey, it’s not just sexuality – it’s Will coming into his own as a young man.”
Another of the key cast members, Millie Bobby Brown, said in an August 2023 interview with Women’s Wear Daily – conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike – that while the Season 5 finale will be bittersweet, she’s ready for the series to end.
“I think I’m ready. It’s been such a huge factor in part of my life, but it’s like graduating high school, it’s like senior year,” she told the outlet. “You’re ready to go and blossom and flourish and you’re grateful for the time you’ve had, but it’s time to create your own message and live your own life.”
Stranger Things Season 5 Release Date Amidst WGA Strike End
After four long months of tireless picketing and negotiations, we finally witnessed the AMPTP and WGA strike a deal where the union’s negotiations were met with zeal and posed great gains for them. Stranger Things fans will be delighted to know that the writer’s room for the fifth and final season of Stranger Things has huddled back to etch the swan song of the epic series. Here is a post to confirm that:
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) September 27, 2023
So does this mean filming will begin soon? Let’s find out!
For starters, the ink for the final season had already begun writing before the strikes. “We’re walking into season five. I’ve got a couple more months to train. We start shooting that in June, though, and that will be the final season. I did a lot of training for season four. He [Hopper] was in a very specific position, that Russian prison.”
— Stranger Things Spoilers (@SThingsSpoilers) August 2, 2022
However, then the production posted this update:
Duffers here. Writing does not stop when filming begins. 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. #wgastrong
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) May 6, 2023
And now that the fair deal has been reached, they updated their X account that they are back and getting ready to finish off writing for the final season.
Stirring the pot of bad luck enters the SAG AFTRA, whose riff with the AMPTP ignited a strike that is still on, although negotiations for the same are underway. Keep a close eye on their social media accounts like Twitter because the union updates their pages on an hourly basis.
In other news, as a teaser for the first look of Season 5, the official writer’s page of Stranger Things uploaded a pre-vis one day before the WGA strike ended. On their official X page, the Stranger Things writers released a pre-vis video of Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry) making a face as his head turns towards the camera. The caption humorously read, “Hope the studios make a fair deal with SAG soon, or else season 5 is looking like this.” The writers would go on to reveal that this quick video was indeed a first look at Season 5’s first episode. Check it out here:
Hope the studios make a fair deal with SAG soon or else season 5 is looking like this: pic.twitter.com/GC2ok142jJ
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) September 28, 2023
So now that the potential first look is out, when can we expect the new season to arrive?
Stranger Things Season 5 Is Not Coming In 2024
Yes, you have heard that right. Earlier on, posts on the official accounts of Stranger Things said that the new season would be coming in 2024 with a series of tweets. Syncing with the bouts of more insider information, the Insider Twitter account for Stranger Things has also updated the audience on the set developments that were being prepared for the final Season. According to them, the set was being arranged in Hawkins High School, which will be ready when the shooting resumes, saving us ample time. Check out the post here:
Hawkins High School looks prepared for filming once the strike is over. Only the back half of the school has newly painted concrete. Water tower has been painted and the temporary AC units are ready to go! #StrangerThings #StrangerThings5 #ST5 #Hawkins @StrangerInsider pic.twitter.com/ef1PjGTqZC
— Jared (@itsjaredfilm) August 13, 2023
However, a new update on X from the crew of Stranger Things itself follows a new revelation, and that, unfortunately, is that the final season will not arrive in 2024. But in 2025. This revised deadline might reflect the greatness of the new season and the superior post-production titbits it brings with it, which takes more than 10 months to master. Since the creator promised that this season would be “bigger and better than Season 4,” which was the best season according to the viewers, they may need time to live up to the hype. Plus, it also takes time to oil their machinery and get smoothly moving after a long hiatus. Check out the post here:
— Stranger News (@StrangerNews11) September 16, 2023
This was followed by the following update:
— Stranger News (@StrangerNews11) September 25, 2023
So, our wait for the final season gets extended to 2025. We urge the viewers to stay put and revive their memories of the previous seasons by binge-watching them. You can catch them all on Netflix right now if you have a membership for the same.
What Can We Expect In The Final Season?
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.”
To close out #StrangerThingsDay, very excited to reveal that the Stranger Things 5 premiere episode is titled…
THE CRAWL pic.twitter.com/QosrkNZcRi
— Netflix (@netflix) November 7, 2022
Also, the final season will consist of eight episodes, as revealed by the streamer giant. Check out the post for the same below:
— Stranger News (@StrangerNews11) September 11, 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!
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)
“There’s no way to be contiguous with Season 4, and not, frankly, expand scale and depth,” executive producer/director Shawn Levy tells Total Film. And considering that the series’ penultimate run of episodes unleashed the Upside Down on Hawkins, killed insta-fave Eddie, left poor Max knocking on heaven’s door, and set up a climactic rematch between One and Eleven, that’s saying something.
“It’s major, major, cinematic storytelling that happens to be called a TV series,” Levy continues. “Stranger Things 5 is as big as any of the biggest movies that we see.”
According to Discussing Film, the stage show is a prequel set in 1959 where Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously, Joyce wants to graduate, and Henry Creel arrives.
The Upside Down is home to monsters such as the Mind Flayer and Season 4 baddie Vecna, but fans have been eager to learn more about its origin. The Duffers are certain of one thing: the ending. “We know what the ending is,” they told SFX. “It’s conceivable that it changes but I think it’s unlikely because it’s one of those endings that just feels, and has always felt, right. It also feels sort of inevitable. Then when you come up with it, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah well, that is absolutely what it has to be.’”
David Harbour also said he knows how the series ends, and it’s going to be “very, very moving.”
As well as this, it appears we will need tissues for the final Season since it is reported to be the most emotional one yet. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Stranger Things creators revealed that they made Netflix executives cry when they read through the first script for the upcoming season.
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