Seven years and four seasons later, the iconic Netflix series, Stranger Things, is coming to a close. What was a simple love letter to 80s sci-fi creature features has turned into an international juggernaut, and arguably one of the most successful streaming franchises ever.
The streaming giant announced a release date for the series’ fourth season, but the news came with a caveat; the show’s upcoming fifth season will ultimately be it’s last. The legacy of Stranger Things cannot be understated. The Duffer Brother’s story cemented Netflix as an entertainment staple in the streaming verse, introducing viewers into the mysterious world of Eleven, Sheriff Jim Hopper, Hawkins Middle, and the ever eery Upside Down.
“Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for ‘Stranger Things.’ At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons,” the Duffer Brothers wrote in a letter to fans. “It proved too large to tell in four but — as you’ll see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale.”
Fans who have been awaiting the show’s returns since 2019 will be delighted to learn that this new season will be a two-parter. Netflix says the first half of season four premiere drop on May 27 while part two will drop on July 1.
The Duffer Brothers were happy to announce that this season will be their longest and most ambitious installment yet. “With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, ‘Stranger Things 4’ was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one,” the duo wrote.
Though recognizing the end of an iconic series can be sad it is good to remember that after the release of season 4, Stranger Things still has its fifth season in the works which will be sure to stun audiences worldwide.
“There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of ‘Stranger Things;’ new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes,” the Duffer brothers said. “But first we hope you stay with us as we finish this tale.”