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Stranger Things’ fourth season has set the series back on its perch as one of the best shows available on streaming right now. But as all good things must come to an end, it is clear that Stranger Things as we know it is ending sooner rather than later. It won’t be the end of the franchise though so the question is really what the future might look like for the series. Thankfully, showrunners, the Duffer Brothers, have given us some insight.

Season 5 To Explore 'Upside Down' Further

For starters, there is definitely a Season 5 coming, we just don’t know when it will air. In an interview with TV Line, Matt Duffer said, “I’m not sure we’re ready to say yet a start date for shooting [season 5] but a lot of it is pretty well mapped out.”  

According to David Harbour, who plays Police Chief Hopper, filming should start in 2023. 

"I think we'll [shoot] next year. They're finished writing it this year, and they need to prep and stuff, so hopefully it'll be this year. But I think that's the plan. So it'd probably come out mid-2024, based on our track record."

Season 5 will feature a time jump that was initially something they wanted to avoid but thanks to the pandemic, it’s impossible not to. As Ross Duffer said, “I’m sure we will do a time jump. Ideally, we’d have shot [Season 4 and 5] back-to-back, but there was just no feasible way to do that.”

Season 5 will explore the origins of the Upside Down, the physics of it, and the hierarchy of the monsters who inhabit it. Basically, most if not all our questions about the Upside Down will be answered in the new season.

Episodes will be longer but there will be fewer than Season 4. Matt Duffer told the Happy Sad Podcast

"The only reason we don't expect [Season 5] to be as long is because if you look at it, it's almost a two-hour ramp-up before our kids get really drawn into the supernatural mystery. You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, what they’re struggling with, adapting to high school and so forth. Steve’s trying to find a date, all of that. None of that obviously is going to be occurring in the first two episodes of [Season 5]. For the first time ever, we don’t wrap things up at the end of 4, and so it’s going to be moving. I don’t know that it’s going to be going 100 miles an hour at the start of 5, but it’s going to be moving pretty fast. Characters are already going to be in action, they’re already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that’s going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different. I’m sure the wrap-up will be a lot longer, it’s going to be ‘Return of the King’-ish with, like, eight endings.”

Fingers crossed for anything resembling Return of the King

Whilst season 5 will be the end of Stranger Things, it won’t be the end of the franchise. As the Duffers wrote in an open letter,

There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes. But first we hope that 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.”

"More Exciting Stories"

There is a strong possibility of a Stranger Things spinoff that won’t continue the story with the original characters. Whether it even takes place in Hawkins is in doubt. What we do know is that the Duffer Brothers will be involved and that Finn Wolfhard is the only other person who knows what it’s about.

As the Duffer Brothers told Variety,

"We do have an idea for a spinoff that we’re super excited about… but we haven’t told anyone the idea yet, much less written it. We think everyone – including Netflix – will be surprised when they hear the concept, because it is very, very different. But somehow Finn Wolfhard – who is one crazy smart kid – correctly guessed what it was going to be about. But aside from Finn, no one else knows!”

Other than that though, we don’t know anything about the spinoff so maybe it’s time for the theorists to get to work.

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