Stranger Things Season 5: Cast, Storyline and More
Here’s everything we know about why the popular series is ending after season five.
Duffer Brothers quotes about the ending of Stranger Things.
On Feb. 17, the Duffer brothers shared in a heartfelt open letter on Instagram that “Stranger Things” would end after season five. “Seven years ago we planned the full story arc for ‘Stranger Things,'” the Duffer brothers wrote. “At the time, we assumed the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too big to cover in four seasons, but — as you’ll see for yourself — we’re now speeding towards our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season.” ; Season 5 will be the last.
In other words, “Stranger Things” naturally comes to an end, narratively speaking. If this note is to be believed, the creative force behind the global hit streak is gearing up for breakthrough, and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
The two shared that season four would be the show’s biggest release to date, with longer episode running times (the reason the season was split into two volumes). “With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, almost two years of shooting, thousands of visual effects shots, and a running time nearly twice as long as any previous season, ‘Stranger Things 4’ was the most challenging season yet, but also the most challenging rewarding. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results and we can’t wait to share them with you,” they wrote.
Shawn Levy’s quotes about the end of Stranger Things.
Shawn Levy, executive producer and director of Stranger Things, shared the Duffer brothers’ views, explaining that the decision to end the show after season five was made well in advance. “It feels like the organic lifespan of this special story with these special characters and we want to last through the landing and we don’t want to outlast our welcome,” Levy told The Wrap in March. “So we have a clear vision and a clear plan that will always be guided by the Duffer brothers with a clear voice and vision.” He added that season four was made with the end of season five in mind, noting that that the Duffer brothers “had had a sense of how they wanted to wrap this up for some time, and that’s shaping season four.”
Quotes from the “Stranger Things” cast at the end of the series
Like the audience, the cast and crew of Stranger Things aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet.
Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, revealed the cast’s emotional reaction to the news during his appearance on the March 11 episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Schnapp told Fallon that he read the official letter that the Duffer brothers released at the same time as the rest of the world. “So they put out this letter and it was like, ‘The show is over, that’s all. This is the beginning of the end.’ And I read it and just cried. I was so upset,” the teenage actor said. Reaching out to his co-stars, he revealed that they were in a similar emotional state. “I texted Millie – my fellow actress who plays Eleven. And she was like, ‘Are you crying too?’ Like, “So am I.” And then she texted Gaten, who also plays Dustin, and he was like, “I’m crying too.” And then we all texted the Duffers and were like, “This is so sad . I can’t believe this is over.” And they said, “You guys have to stop writing to us. I know it’s over, but we still have time.”