Stranger Things Season 5: When will the final season be released? Are there Stranger Things spinoff series planned? All you need to know

Stranger Things season 5 will be the show’s last ever season. What do we know about the final episodes of the Netflix series? And will there be a spinoff series?

By Alex Fletcher Published: 10 June 2022 - 5.00pm
Netflix Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke in Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things season 4 has not only been the show's biggest and scariest outing yet – it’s also been its most popular, racking up some incredible viewing stats over its opening week of release.

New villain Vecna has been a chilling success, Kate Bush has retaken the charts by storm thanks to the use of her hit Running Up That Hill in ‘that scene’ in episode 4, and the final twists in episode 7 set up the perfect cliffhanger as we wait for Season 4 Volume 2 to arrive in July.

But even with two episodes still to be released before season 4 is complete, talk has already begun about the plans for season 5 and how Stranger Things might come to an end.

The series' writers and producers the Duffer brothers have always had an ending and full series plan for Stranger Things, but it has been a closely guarded secret.

Here is everything we know so far about Stranger Things season 5…

What is the Stranger Things season 5 release date?

Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things Netflix

Season 5 hasn't even started filming, so let's not get too excited just yet about the show's finale.

If we were having a guess, late 2023 feels quite ambitious, but there's a small chance of making that if filming starts soon. It's more likely that we will see the show return in 2024 for its final run.

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Is Stranger Things season 5 the final season?

The Duffer brothers confirmed in a letter to fans that the show would bow out with a fifth and final season.

"Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things," they wrote.

"At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but - as you'll see for yourselves - we are now hurtling toward our finale."

Will there be any Stranger Things spinoff series?

Millie Bobby Brown and Jamie Campbell Bower in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Nothing has been confirmed about further additions to the Stranger Things universe, but it would be surprising if Netflix didn't try expanding the franchise which remains the most recognised and successful show on the service.

How many spinoffs or series come after Stranger Things will be largely dependent on the show's creators, Ross and Matt Duffer. But it doesn't sound like the brothers are quite finished with the Stranger Things universe quite yet.

In their letter to fans about the show’s ending, they wrote: "There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes."

They also confirmed to 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's very, very different."

Could we get an Eleven solo series? A Robin and Nancy Detective Agency? A Steve and Dustin sitcom? We’ll have to wait and see.

What do we know about Stranger Things Season 5?

The Hellfire Club in Stranger Things Netflix

Other than it being the end, we know very little at this stage.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Campbell Bower has hinted that he will return for season 5 as villain Vecna/001.

And the Duffer brothers have said that season 5 will be set up by the conclusion to season 4 and won’t require any reintroduction to the characters.

“5 is just going to be pedal to the metal from the opening scene,” Ross Duffer told The Wrap.

Ross also revealed that their plans for season 5 left Netflix executives a blubbering mess.

“We do have an outline for Season 5 and we pitched it to Netflix and they really responded well to it,” said the writer.

“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.”

Many popular TV shows suffer from adding series after series without a plan for how it might finish one day. But director Shawn Levy reassured fans that there has been a plan all along for Stranger Things.

“I can say this. No, one's making it up as we go along and there is an endgame, if you will,” Levy told Collider.

And finally, the Duffer brothers have also said in interviews that we can expect another time jump at the start of season 5. The duo said that it makes sense to keep moving forward through the 1980s to keep pace with the aging cast.

Perhaps season 5 will start in 1988 or even 1989 and take us right through to the end of the decade.

Who is in the Stranger Things season 5 cast?

Until we find out who survives Season 4 Volume 2 – Nancy! Steve! – we can't be sure who will return for the final season.

However, excluding any shock deaths in the final two episodes of season 4, we can probably expect the main cast to all return in season 5:

  • Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
  • David Harbour as Detective Jim Hopper
  • Millie Bobby Brown as 'Eleven'/Jane Hopper
  • Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
  • Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
  • Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
  • Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
  • Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
  • Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
  • Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
  • Joe Keery as Steve Harington
  • Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman
  • Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
  • Matthew Modine as Matthew Brenner
  • Joe Chrest as Ted Wheeler
  • Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler
  • Jamie Campbell Bower (Peter Ballard/One/001/Henry)
  • Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson)
  • Eduardo Franco (Argyle)

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