Brace yourself, Stranger Things fans: The creative team behind the sci-fi horror/drama series are starting to drop some hints about what we can expect from the show’s fifth and final season.
” [Season] Five, in our opinion, is kind of the culmination of all seasons,” creator Ross Duffer said during an FYC panel attended by Variety over the weekend, teasing that Season 5 would draw elements from each of its previous four seasons.
Duffer says that while the first four seasons of Stranger Things all had a “distinct” style – citing Season 3’s “big summer blockbuster” and Season 4’s “psychological horror” – the final return to Hawkins will recall the very first season.
“I think what we’re trying to do is start over a bit, in a tone of [Season] 1,” he said, adding that the final group of episodes from the final season are “to scale,” more in line with its immediate predecessor, Season 4.
“I hope there is a bit of everything. »
Stranger Things Season 5 Kickoff Meeting Had Execs in Tears
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While the Stranger Things team is keeping spoilers quiet for now, they’ve already concocted a touching conclusion for the series: the two-hour pitch meeting where they laid out their plan for the show’s ending would have left Netflix executives in tears.
And as fans prepare to say goodbye to characters like Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven or Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers, how could they not?
“Just as important as the supernatural, we have so many characters now, most of whom are still alive,” Duffer said, emphasizing the importance of giving meaningful endings to the characters who grew up before our eyes.
“It’s important to wrap up these arcs because a lot of these characters have grown since Season 1. So it’s a balance between giving them time to complete their character arcs and also sorting out those details and making our final revelation,” he added.
While director Shawn Levy told the panel he was “paralyzed with fear” when it came to accidentally revealing spoilers, he would say he was impressed with how Duffer and his brother/co- creator Matt Duffer were “taking care” of the characters. stories in the final season.
“Even though the show has become so famous and the characters have become so iconic, and they’re so much about the 80s and the supernatural and the genre, it’s about those people. It’s about those characters. Season 5 is already so clearly taking care of those character stories because that has always been the cornerstone of Stranger Things,” he said.
Seasons 1-4 of Stranger Things are now streaming on Netflix.