A Stranger Things Season 5 Time Jump Seems Necessary at This Point

Its super-sized fourth season, two strikes, and a rapidly maturing cast point to one route only for Stranger Things season 5.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, and Eduardo Franco as Argyle in STRANGER THINGS.
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When Stranger Things season 4 concluded its feature-length final episode in July 2022, the show’s characters seemed ready to roll right into the their fifth and final season.

The newly-revealed big bad Vecna a.k.a. Henry Creel a.k.a. Number One (Jamie Campbell Bower) had been stopped but not fully defeated. The ultimate battle for Hawkins, Indiana and the world at large was just on the horizon and our heroes Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and their many allies were prepared to wage it.

Of course, that was over a year ago now and Stranger Things season 5 still isn’t making its way to our respective Netflix streams any time soon. Part of that was expected – this is a very big show that takes a long time for creators The Duffer Brothers and their team to write and then even longer for them to shoot and edit. Then, when filming was set to finally begin, something unexpected happened: the writers’ strike.

Even before the Screen Actors Guild went on strike in July 2023, production on Stranger Things had already been shut down. To their credit, the Duffer Brothers made it clear that it would be impossible to film the fifth season without writers on set to continue to fine-tune the product.


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