Why does Stranger Things end after season 5?

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The long-awaited fourth season of “Stranger Things” will be released in two volumes: the first part arrives on May 27 and the second part will premiere on July 1. The next season of the Netflix original is coming to streaming after a three-year hiatus, and the show’s huge fanbase is raving about it. That excitement is tinged with sadness, however, as it has been revealed that the upcoming fifth season of “Stranger Things” will be its last. Here’s everything we know about why the beloved series ends after season five.

Phrases of the Duffer brothers about the end of “Stranger Things”

On February 17, Matt and Ross Duffer, the creative minds behind the hit sci-fi drama, shared in a heartfelt open letter on Instagram that “Stranger Things” would be ending after its fifth season. “Seven years ago, we planned the entire ‘Stranger Things’ story arc,” the Duffer brothers wrote. “At the time, we predicted that the story would last four to five seasons. It turned out to be too big to count in four, but, as you will see for yourselves, we are now heading towards our end. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; the season 5 will be the last.”

In other words, “Stranger Things” is naturally coming to an end from a narrative standpoint. On this note, the creative force behind the global hit series is gearing up to go out on a high note, and we can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

The two shared that the fourth season will be the show’s biggest outing yet, with extended episode runtimes (the reason the season is split into two volumes). “With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, nearly two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly double that of any previous season, ‘Stranger Things 4’ was the most challenging season yet, but the most rewarding. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you,” they wrote.

Shawn Levy quotes about the end of “Stranger Things”

Shawn Levy, the 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 planned well in advance. “It feels like the organic lifespan of this particular story with these particular characters, and we want to keep the landing, and we don’t want to stay any longer than our welcome,” Levy told The Wrap in March. “So we have a clear vision and plan, always led with clarity of voice and vision by the Duffer Brothers.” He added that season four was created with the season five finale in mind, noting that the Duffer Brothers “have had an idea of ​​how they wanted to end this for a while, and that informs season four.”

Quotes from the cast of “Stranger Things” about the end of the show

STRANGER THINGS, from left: Priah Ferguson, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, (Season 4, airing May 27, 2022).  ph: Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

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Like the audience, the cast and crew of “Stranger Things” aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet.

Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, revealed the cast’s 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 that the Duffer Brothers released at the same time as the rest of the world. “So they put out this letter, and it was like, ‘The end of the show, that’s it. This is the beginning of the end.’ And I read it, and I was crying. I was so upset,” the 17-year-old actor said. When he approached his co-stars, he found them in a similar emotional space. “I texted Millie, my co-star, who plays Eleven. And she was like, ‘Are you crying too?’ Like, ‘Me too.’ And then he texted Gaten, who also plays Dustin, and he was like, ‘I’m crying too.’ And then we all texted the Duffers, and we were like, ‘This is so sad. I can’t believe this is over.’ And they said, ‘You need to stop texting us. I know it’s over, but we’ve got time.'”

Will there be a ‘Stranger Things’ spin-off?

As “Stranger Things” prepares to say goodbye to its viewers, the Duffer Brothers hinted that a spin-off that expands the fascinating universe could be on the cards. “There are still so many more exciting stories to tell within the world of ‘Stranger Things’; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes. But first, we hope you’ll stick with us as we wrap up this tale of a girl powerhouse named Eleven and her brave friends, from a broken police chief and a fierce mother, from a small town called Hawkins, and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down,” their letter to fans concluded.

All good things have to end, right? For now, if you need us, we’ll be sitting in front of our televisions watching the lovable residents of Hawkins in the fourth season of “Stranger Things.”

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