‘Stranger Things 4’ Finale Officially Becomes a Movie

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Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair

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The season finale of Stranger Things 4, just one episode, is longer than The Adam Project (2022) and Free Guy (2021).

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley (left), Joe Keery as Steve Harrington (middle), and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson (right)
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It’s been three long years since Hawkins, Indiana, took the world by storm with its cast of high schoolers attempting to save it from mysterious creatures and dark entities.

Though Netflix has received nothing but backlash for the delayed in-season releases, the official runtime for the season finale of Stranger Things 4 is blowing away fans and breaking records.

stranger things cast
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This isn’t a joke; the finale episode of Stranger Things 4 is over two hours long:

The #StrangerThings season 4 finale is over two hours long.

Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things 4 is the combination of two seasons in length, paving the way for a Stranger Things 5 and beyond (inevitable spinoff series).

The finale episode of Stranger Things season four is officially longer than The Adam Project and Free Guy:

For the record, Free Guy is 1 hour and 55 minutes long, and The Adam Project is 1 hour and 46 minutes long.

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and ensemble cast
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Series co-creator Ross Duffer confirms that season four is “almost twice as long” as previous installments, spanning five hours longer than the previous seasons. On top of that, season four of Stranger Things is reportedly the most expensive season yet, making Stranger Things one of the most costly series in history.

Matt Duffer confirms that season four features two episodes as long as some movies and one episode that “would be [a] long movie”:

#StrangerThings 4 reveals some epic episode lengths across 9 installments

• E7 — 1 hr, 38 mins
• E8 — 1hr, 25 mins
• E9 — ~2hrs, 30 mins

Series executive producer and Ryan Reynolds collaborator Shawn Levy shares:

“I’ve released two movies in the time we’ve been making Season 4. We have multiple episodes that are longer than both Free Guy and The Adam Project.”

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
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Ross Duffer continues:

“We really wanted to give as many of our characters as we could their time to shine and to really work on their character development and their arcs. And we’ve talked about this being a very revelatory season, in that there’s a lot of stuff that we want to tell the audience about and reveal in terms of the Upside Down and what is really happening here in Hawkins.”

Stranger Things 4 cast
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ST fans were quick to react:

So basically we’re getting 4 new seasons instead of 2

Another fan shares:

I think that’s called a movie

Part One of Stranger Things 4 (which features seven episodes) releases on May 27, while the last two episodes debut on July 1:

#StrangerThings4 Vol. 1. will release with 7 episodes on May 27.

#StrangerThings4 Vol. 2 will release with the final 2 episodes on July 1.

Stranger Things 4 ensemble cast features Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven /Jane Hopper), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), and Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler).

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