Stranger Things season 5 release date speculation, cast, plot and more

It is time to return to the Upside Down. From the Stranger Things season 5 release date, cast, plot, and more, here is what's next for the Netflix series.

Stranger Things cast: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven

When is the Stranger Things season 5 release date? The Upside Down and the town of Hawkins have long been the obsession of anyone with a Netflix subscription, but all good things must come to an end.

After the explosive events of Stranger Things season 4, the Netflix series is set to conclude after its fifth series. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of strange things the horror series needs to address before ‘The Party’ heads off into that 80’s sunset. Here’s everything we know about the Stranger Things season 5 release date.

Stranger Things season 5 release date speculation

We don’t know the Stranger Things season 5 release date but don’t worry; it is happening. But before you go trying to set a Demogorgon on us, there is some good news on the production scheduling front. It won’t take as long as season 4.

Stranger things season 5 release date: Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things season 4

Season 4 of Stranger Things suffered massive delays because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Originally season 4 was set for release in January 2021. However, we all know now that that wasn’t the case, since the TV series only hit the streaming service in May 2022.

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Speaking with Variety, the Duffer brothers said: “Don’t hold us to it, but the gap should be quite a bit shorter this time due to the fact that we already have an initial outline, and we can’t imagine there will be another six-month forced hiatus.”

The Duffer brothers have also confirmed they started writing the scripts in August 2022.

David Harbour, who plays Hopper, has also said [via Collider] that as of March 2023, the filming for season 5 is set to commence from June onwards. With this in mind, and considering how it took Stranger Things season 4 part 1 nine months to be released following filming, we can likely expect Stranger Things season 5 to hit the small screens in 2024, though star Finn Wolfhard has perhaps suggested otherwise in a recent interview with GQ.

“I can’t believe it’s already Season 5,” he says. “I will be 22 by the time it comes out, I think, and I started working on the show at 12. That is insane. I’ll be able to drink with Gaten [Matarazzo], Caleb [McLaughlin] and Noah [Schnapp] and the whole cast at the premiere of Stranger Things 5.”

If our maths is correct with Wolfhard’s age, then it sounds like he’s suggesting the show won’t premiere until 2025. Here’s hoping they’ll speed things along and aim for a late 2024 or early 2025 release at the latest!

Stranger Things season 5 release date: Finn Wolfhard as Mike in Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things season 5 cast speculation

Most of the main players will be returning to the Stranger Things season 5 cast. Even though season 4 of Stranger Things had a pretty heart-breaking ending, most of our heroes survived Vecna’s rampage…barely. Luckily, we do know those who will be making their return for Stranger Things season 5.

Who do we expect to be in the Stranger Things season 5 cast?

  • Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
  • Finn Wolfhard as Mike
  • Noah Schnapp as Will
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas
  • Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
  • Sadie Sink as Max
  • Priah Ferguson as Erica
  • David Harbour as Jim Hopper
  • Winona Ryder as Joyce
  • Joe Keery as Steve
  • Natalia Dyer as Nancy
  • Maya Hawke as Robin
  • Charlie Heaton as Jonathan
  • Eduardo Franco as Argyle
  • Bret Gelman as Murray
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri

Some faces who won’t be returning are Matthew Modine as Dr Brenner (aka Papa), Joseph Quinn as fan favourite Eddie Munson, and Mason Dye as Jason Carver.

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And though Max, played by Sadie Sink, was left a little worse for wear after facing the wrath of Vecna in the season 4 finale, it’s since been all but confirmed by the actress herself [via Deadline] that she will be making an appearance in the upcoming season.

“Spoiler-free, just with the way my character ended in season 4, I have no idea what is going to happen. But I’ll be there,” she says.

We also expect that we will see Jamie Campbell-Bower back as Vecna once again too, but nothing has been fully confirmed just yet. We will keep you posted as soon as we know any more casting details.

Stranger Things season 5 release date: Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, and Joseph Quinn as Nancy, Steve, Robin, and Eddie in Stranger Things Season 4

How many episodes will be in Stranger Things season 5?

Stranger Things season 5 will have 8 episodes. 

The Stranger Things writing team posted a tease on their official Twitter account, showing an empty whiteboard with their layout for the season’s 8 episodes.

Of course, it gives nothing away, but fans were quick to note the thick double line between episodes 4 and 5. Could this potentially be where a time jump comes in? Looks like we’ll just have to wait to find out.

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Stranger Things season 5 release date: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things season 5 plot speculation

Although we don’t have a firm plot synopsis for the Stranger Things season 5 plot, we do have plenty of clues to start piecing together what the next chapter will look like, and it involves a deep dive into the Upside Down.

As we mentioned above, Stranger Things season 5 is confirmed to be the final entry to the entire story, and the Duffer brothers haven’t been shy in teasing how monumental the finale will be.

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In the last episode of Stranger Things season 4, we saw the gang finally face off against Vecna. Still, they ultimately couldn’t stop the villain from opening a gateway to the Upside Down.

At the end of the series, we see Hawkins is covered in decay, fire and ash – and Will warns that Vecna still needs to be taken down to save the world.

Stranger Things season 5 release date: Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things season 4

Going forward, things are going to change, but we may not see a heroic retaliation to the Upside Down situation straight away. The Duffer brothers told TVLine that season 5 would probably have a time jump thanks to the age of all their actors, who, despite playing 14-year-olds, are nearing their 20s in real life.

This means that the next chapter could begin a few years after the events of season 4. “I’m sure we will do a time jump. Ideally, we’d have shot [Seasons 4 and 5] back to back, but there was just no feasible way to do that,” the two said.

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The looming Vecna confrontation in the future isn’t the only thing we have our minds set on ⁠— season 5 may also be the entry that sets about answering all our lingering interdimensional questions too.

The next season will likely go over how the dimension works, the hierarchy of Stranger Things monsters, and other creepy details that have been playing on fans’ minds for years.

“It’s scarier to not know, but as we were moving this so many hours into the season, it started to actually be fun to start pulling back the curtain, not too much, but pulling back the curtain a little bit and revealing more about the Upside Down, the origins of the Upside Down, what happened to the numbers and all that,” Matt Duffer says [via IndieWire].

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And finally, we know that in Stranger Things season 5, we may all be left a sobbing mess. In an interview with The Wrap, the creators shared how the upcoming chapter may break a few hearts – so prepare yourself!

“We do have an outline for Season 5, and we pitched it to Netflix, and they really responded well to it,” Matt Duffer said. “I mean, it was hard. It’s the end of the story. I saw executives crying who I’ve never seen cry before, and it was wild.”

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