*This article contains spoilers for the end of the fourth season of ‘Stranger Things’
The fourth season of ‘Stranger Things’ has just come to an end and we are already thinking about the great outcome of the Duffer brothers’ series. We still haven’t recovered from the strong emotions of the last episode, but the creators of the Netflix phenomenon are generous and they are already offering juicy details about the fifth and final seasonto whet your appetite for the long wait ahead of us before returning to Hawkins.
The episodes of the fourth season have been differentiated by their long duration, all lasting over an hour and, in the case of the last two (premiered on July 1), adding 85 and 149 minutes respectively. Hence, viewers are wondering if the final installment would continue this upward trend with even longer chapters. Well, Ross and Matt Duffer have cleared this doubt, advancing that the episodes of the last season will probably be shorter, except the last one, which will have an extended duration like the end of the fifth.
This has been revealed in Josh Horowitz’s ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast (via THR), where they say that “they don’t wait” that the chapters are so long and specify that, “The safest thing is that with the end we will do what we have done with [esta temporada]that is to say a two and a half hour episode”. On the rhythm of the episodes, Matt clarifies that the next season “it’s going to move fast”although they are not sure if it will be “at 160 km per hour”. “The characters will already be in motion, they will already have a goal and a motivation”Add. “And I think that’s going to save at least a couple of hours and make the season feel a lot different.”. “I’m sure the ending will be much longer. It’s going to be ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ style, with 8 endings.”He concludes with a laugh.
On the other hand, the Duffers have also advanced that the fifth season will take place entirely in Hawkins, after several seasons separating the protagonists into groups in different locations in the United States and the world. At the end of the fourth installment, all the characters return to Hawkins to deal with the consequences of their confrontation with Vecna, who has opened an apocalyptic rift between the town of Indiana and the Upside Down world, leaving the town in ruins. The good thing about all this is that in ‘Stranger Things 5’ we will have all the characters together in the same place. It is a return to the origins, as the Duffers indicate in another recent interview with Entertainment Weekly: “We want to go back to a lot of the things that we did in the first season, to a lot of the groupings and couples that we had back then. There’s something nice about coming full circle.”.
And after ‘Stranger Things’?
With massive success like ‘Stranger Things’, officially Netflix’s most-watched English-language series, it’s hard to imagine the streaming platform shedding one of its biggest phenomena. That is why we are not surprised that there are already several spin-offs in development with which the Duffer brothers plan to expand the universe of Eleven and the gang of Hawkins. There are still no concrete details about the series or series in progress, but what we do know thanks to its creators is that they will not be the ones in charge of developing them, but they will hand over to other filmmakers.
“The idea is to pass the baton to someone else, hopefully someone with a lot of talent and passion”notes Matt Duffer on the Horowitz podcast. “The idea of me and Ross making a pilot and leaving the series there seems silly to me. You have to be there from start to finish and I think we need to find a partner to help us with that.”. The decision comes from the need to look for other creative opportunities after spending so many years on the parent series. But of course, the duffers will follow “very involved” in the future of the franchise.