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The much-anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things will be releasing in two volumes – Part 1 will arrive on May 27, and Part 2 will premiere on July 1. The year has stopped, and the show’s huge fan base is pumped up. But the excitement is tinged with sadness, as it has been revealed that the upcoming fifth season of “Stranger Things” will be the last. Here’s everything we know about why the beloved series ended after season five.
The Dover Brothers Quotes About the End of ‘Stranger Things’
On February 17, Matt and Ross Dover, the creative minds behind the hit sci-fi drama, shared an honest open message on Instagram that “Stranger Things” will end after season five. Seven years ago, the Dover brothers wrote, “we planned an entire story out of Stranger Things.” “At the time, we expected the story to last four to five seasons. It proved too big to tell in four seasons, but – as you will see for yourself – we are now rushing to our end. Season four will be the penultimate season; season five. It will be the last.”
In other words, Stranger Things ends naturally from a storytelling point of view. If that note is anything to go by, the creative force behind the global hit series is poised to come out on a high note, and we can’t wait to see it unfold.
The two shared that season four would be the show’s biggest outing yet, with extended episode runtimes (the reason the season was split into two volumes). With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, nearly two years of filming, 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 to date, but the most rewarding one for everyone. So proud of the results, and can’t wait to share them with you,” they wrote.
Sean Levy quotes on the end of ‘Stranger Things’
Shawn Levy, executive producer and director of Stranger Things, echoed the Duffer brothers’ sentiments, stating that the decision to end the show after season five had been predetermined. “It feels like the life span of this particular story with these particular characters, we want to persevere with the landing, we don’t want to overstay our welcome,” Levy told The Wrap in March. “So we have a clear vision and plan, always led by the Dover brothers with clarity of sound and vision.” He added that Season 4 was created with the end of Season 5 in mind, noting that the Duffer Brothers “had a sense of how they wanted this to end for a while, and that informs Season 4.”
“Stranger Things” Cast Quotes About Show Ending
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Like the audience, the cast and crew of Stranger Things aren’t ready to say goodbye yet.
Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, revealed the actors’ 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 published by the Dover brothers at the same time as the rest of the world. So they put this message in, and it was like, ‘The show’s over, that’s it. This is the beginning of the end. I read it, and I was screaming. I was so upset. When he reached out to his castmates, he found them in a similar emotional void,” the 17-year-old actor said. “I texted Millie — my co-star, who plays Eleven. And she’d say, ‘You cry too?’ Like, ‘Me too’ and then I texted Gaten, who plays Dustin, and he’d say, ‘I’m crying too.’ Then we all texted the Duffers, and we were like, “This is so sad. Like, I can’t believe this is over.” And they were like, “You guys should stop texting us. Like, I know it’s over, but we have time left.”
Will there be a spin-off of “Stranger Things”?
As “Stranger Things” prepares for its viewers’ farewell show, the Duffer Brothers have dropped hints that an episodic expansion of the glamorous universe might be in the cards. “There are still many exciting stories to tell in the world of Stranger Things; new puzzles, new adventures, and unexpected new heroes. But first, we hope you’ll stay with us as we finalize the story of a strong girl named Eleven and her brave friends, a wrecked police chief and a fierce mother, who… A small town called Hawkins, and yet a surrogate known only as Upside Down, “concluded their letter to fans.
All good must come to an end, right? For now, if you need us, we’ll sit in front of our televisions and watch Hawkins’ lovable residents in Season 4 of “Stranger Things.”