‘Stranger Things’ Season 5 Release Axed in Latest Update

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The cast of Stranger Things

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Disappointing news for Stranger Things fans who were hoping to see Season 5 in the near future.

Stranger Things has truly become a cultural sensation, weaving together elements of the supernatural, nostalgia, and a cast of characters that have etched themselves into the hearts of many fans around the world. The action unfolds in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, where a bunch of kids and teenagers stumble into a world of extraordinary and often perilous events. Right now, the buzz is all about Season 5, with fans itching to see how the story will further unravel, and of course, the talented ensemble cast is ready to shine once more in their iconic roles.

Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) with surprised expression at school
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One of the things that makes Stranger Things stand out is its tribute to 1980s pop culture. From classic films to video games and the music of the era, it’s like a heartfelt tribute to the time. The Duffer Brothers, the creative minds behind the show, have woven a narrative that pays homage to legends like Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and several others throughout the show’s running.

Season 4 of the drama series gave fans a whole new group of challenges and mysteries for their beloved characters. The introduction of new faces and an expansion of the show’s mythos injected an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability. And let’s not forget the triumphant return of Chief Hopper (David Harbour), whose fate left us all hanging at the end of the last season. That moment was met with enthusiastic applause, to say the least.

Now, the long-awaited announcement of a fifth season for the Netflix television series has everyone anxiously waiting for more news. The Duffer Brothers have hinted at a more epic and darker storyline, promising to explore new frontiers both within and beyond Hawkins. As our beloved characters continue to grow up, their relationships and dynamics evolve, adding even more depth to the narrative.

Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) in the 'Stranger Things' Season 4 Volume 2 trailer
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One of the most gripping cliffhangers of Season 4 was the revelation of the mysterious “American” held captive in a Russian facility. This enigma has the entire fan community buzzing with speculations about their true identity. And with the eerie threats of the Upside Down still looming large, viewers can’t wait to see what challenges the ensemble cast, featuring Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, and Noah Schnapp as Will, will face.

Stranger Things also excels in character development. As the young actors behind Eleven, Mike, Dustin, and Will have grown up on screen, their personal journeys have become just as integral to the story as the supernatural elements. Viewers have formed deep connections with their favorite Stranger Things star, making them all the more eager to see how their individual and collective stories will unfold.

Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Sadie Sink
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However, if you were hoping to see Stranger Things come to your screen this coming year, you’re going to be sadly disappointed. Though there were reports early on that Stranger Things Season 5 could be released in late 2024, that plan has been axed. New updates indicate that the earliest the show might be ready would be late 2025.

Reports from The Direct share that the show will likely take close to a year to film. After that, you’ll have to factor in 8-10 months of post-production before it’s set for a release. If the SAG-AFTRA strikes ended in late 2023 and the show was able to begin filming in early 2024, the earliest we’d see filming wrap up would likely be late 2024. Following post-production, the show would likely be available by Halloween or Christmas 2025. This is assuming everything goes as planned, and there are no other delays.

With so much time passing between Season 4 and Season 5, it will actually break a record for the show.

“If so, this would make a three-year gap between Season 4 (which released its final episodes on July 1, 2022) and Season 5, breaking the previous record for the longest amount of time between Stranger Things seasons belonging to Stranger Things Season 3 and 4 (35 months),” the report from The Direct says.

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things
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Both Shawn Levy and the Duffer Brothers have shared that they are working hard to get the show rolling as soon as they can– they are even using Funko Pops to set the stage– but fans will still have to wait quite a while to see the show’s final season unfold.

Though there won’t be any more episodes premiering on Netflix for the time being, you can catch the all-new stage play, titled Stranger Things: The First Shadow, in London, beginning later this month.

How do you want to see Stranger Things Season Five end? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

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