It’s been over two-and-half-years since we last ventured into the darkness that lurked in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. Now we know that all good Things must come to an end and the same is true for the Stranger variety. Netflix has confirmed that the cult show – the one largely credited with helping the platform reach an even wider audience, for launching Millie Bobby Brown’s career and nominated for 31 Emmy awards so far – will be finishing when the fifth season concludes next year.
Following the style of many modern shows, the next (fourth) season of Stranger Things will actually air its nine episodes over two different runs this summer. The first part will be broadcast from 27th May with the second half of the season hitting the service on 1st July. Though there’s no confirmation on format, the fifth season, expected next year will likely follow a similar pattern. The show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer took to social media to announce the decisions…
“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 see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale,” Netflix and the Duffer Brothers announced. “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.”
Those disappointed there’s a finite time for their Stranger Things fix will be pleased that the Duffer Brothers have left a glimmer of hope that the world and characters they created might still have life beyond the main show. “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of ‘Stranger Things‘; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes…” the brothers said. “But first we hope 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.”