Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the “Stranger Things” franchise, tell The Guardian that the upcoming fifth and final season of the series will be a world away from the first in terms of scale.
The comments come as the final run is expected to stick entirely to the town of Hawkins and will see the original core kids cast of Eleven, Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas interacting more. Matt Duffer tells the outlet
“This season – it’s like season one on steroids. It’s the biggest it’s ever been in terms of scale, but it has been really fun, because everyone’s back together in Hawkins: the boys and Eleven interacting more in line with how it was in season one. And, yes, there may be spin-offs, but the story of Eleven and Dustin and Lucas and Hopper, their stories are done here.”
The new season was originally slated for a June 2023 filming start but is now looking to kick off in the first week of January. Such a start pretty much confirms no chance of the series hitting next year with the final run likely to debut sometime in 2025.
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Sadie Sink, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, and Brett Gelman co-star.
The series is created, executive produced and showrun by the Duffers. Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Patterson also executive produce.