Stranger Things season 5: Release date, spoilers, cast and news

17 February 2022, 16:54 | Updated: 17 February 2022, 17:02

By Katie Louise Smith

Is Stranger Things 5 the final season? Creators Matt and Ross Duffer have now confirmed that season 5 will be the end of the Netflix series.

Stranger Things fans, we have some news. After speculation that Stranger Things 4 would be the final season of the beloved Netflix series, the show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, have now confirmed that that is not the case.

However, Stranger Things 5 will be the final season of the series.

Confirmed alongside the release date for Stranger Things 4, Matt and Ross Duffer said in a statement: "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 towards our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last."

Essentially, that pretty much means Stranger Things 5 has been confirmed at Netflix. The latest rumours also suggest that preparation has already begun on season 5.

But when will it be released? What will happen? And who will be in the cast? Look, we know it's a loooong way off but here's everything we know about Stranger Things season 5 so far...

READ MORE: Noah Schnapp hints that there will be a Stranger Things season 5

Stranger Things season 5: Duffer brothers season 4 will not be the end
Stranger Things season 5: Duffer brothers season 4 will not be the end. Picture: Netflix

Will there be a Stranger Things 5?

Yes, Stranger Things 5 is happening – and it will be the final season.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Duffer previously said: "Season four won’t be the end. We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The 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."

It sounds like the Duffer brothers are confident that they can deliver another iconic season of the show which is a great sign.

Both David Harbour and Noah Schnapp have also mentioned the fifth season in various interviews, with Noah telling UK host Lorraine: "I can't imagine [season 4] is the last. I feel like we would know if this was the last."

In an interview with ET Canada Harbour said: "I think on my Netflix talking points list, I’m not supposed to say that there is a fifth season, but because you said it Jessica, I will say, and I’m also not supposed to know anything about it, but I will say that, sure."

"If you were on set with someone doing a show that possibly might have a fifth season, I’m sure that those people, if you were close to them, as I am with the Duffer Brothers, would probably bring up things that might move forward into that next season."

When will Stranger Things 5 be released?

Again, that all depends on when the season begins filming. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, production on the fourth season was delayed massively. As a result, the release date – which was previously rumoured to be January 2021 – was pushed back to 2022.

Filming on Stranger Things 4 wrapped in August/September 2021, and the release date for the first part of season 4 has now been confirmed for May 2022.

We'll know more once production begins on season 5. It's probably likely that fans won't see Stranger Things 5 for at least 18 months. Possibly longer.

Will Stranger Things 5 be the final season?

Yes. Stranger Things season 5 will be the final season of the show, but it won't be the end of the Stranger Things universe.

In statement discussing the future of the franchise and the season 4 release date, the Duffer brothers said: "There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes."

In an interview with Collider, David Harbour also said that season 4 lays the groundwork for the ending of the show: "We're introducing new stuff, but we're also tightening and wrapping up in a certain direction. To make it have a clear, clean, specific, and definite ending at some point, which I can't really talk about.”

Producer Shawn Levy also told Collider in a separate interview that he and the Duffer brothers have the end in sight: "There is a plan and that too will be shared not quite as soon as a sense of when season four is coming out, but soon enough."

He continued: "I can say this. No one’s making it up as we go along and there is an endgame, if you will."

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