The fourth season of Netflix’s hit supernatural thriller Stranger Things — which has simply aired its two concluding episodes — was well-known for its size earlier than it had even been launched. The season ran 9 episodes, all however one in all which had been over 75 minutes lengthy. The final episode, at two and a half hours, was longer than most function movies.
It gained’t be fairly the identical for the sequence’ fifth and final season, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have now revealed. With much less set-up work to do, and the story rolling straight from the climax of Stranger Things 4 into the brand new season, they anticipate episodes to maneuver at a brisker tempo.
“The only reason we don’t expect to be as long is, this season, if you look at it, it’s almost a two-hour ramp up before our kids really get drawn into a supernatural mystery,” Matt Duffer instructed the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, they’re scuffling with adapting to highschool and so forth, Steve’s looking for a date, all of that. None of that’s clearly going to be occurring [in season 5].
“For the first time ever, we don’t wrap things up at the end of 4, so it’s going to be moving,” he continued. “I don’t know that it’s going to be going 100 miles an hour at the start of 5, but it’s going to be moving pretty fast. Characters are already going to be in action. They’re already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that’s going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different.”
That stated, don’t anticipate the Duffers’ newfound love of brevity to stretch to the final episode of the present, which is more likely to run an identical size to the fourth season’s finale. “We’re more likely to do what we did here, which is to just have a 2.5 hour episode,” Matt Duffer stated, earlier than joking (we hope) that it might match the notorious sprawl of Peter Jackon’s third Lord of the Rings movie. “I’m sure the wrap-up will be a lot longer, it’s going to be Return of the King-ish with, like, eight endings.”
However, that is all topic to alter. The Duffers instructed Collider that they plan to start out the writers’ room for the fifth season in August, with actor David Harbour estimating an air date of “mid-2024” to GQ. There’s room for issues to get out of hand but.
“We thought Season 4 was going to be eight [episodes], and they were going to be regular length,” Matt Duffer instructed Collider. “So if you had interviewed us before 4, that’s what I would’ve said.”