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Why ‘Stranger Things’ Is Ending after the Next Season?

Busayo Ogunjimi
May 30, 2022
02:45 P.M.
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"Stranger Things" season four is out, and while fans have been told there will be a fifth season, the series' makers revealed that it would be the last. Here is why.


After three years of waiting, fans of the sci-fi comedy-drama series "Stranger Things" finally have something to smile about.

The fourth season of the well-anticipated movie titled "Stranger Things 4" was released worldwide via Netflix's streaming service.

Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton at 'Stranger Things' 4 Season press conference at Villamagna Hotel on May 19, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. | Source: Getty Images


The release happened a few months after a post on the "Stranger Things" official Instagram page revealed that the fourth season would be released in two volumes.

Although the first volume launched on May 27, 2022, with seven episodes, fans will have to get back into a waiting mode for volume two.

However, the wait will not be long this time, as the second volume is set to be released on July 1, 2022.


Unlike the first, volume two will have only two episodes (eight and nine). The eighth episode, titled "Chapter Eight: Papa," will run for an hour and 25 minutes.

On the other hand, episode nine, titled "Chapter Nine: The PiggyBank," will last for two hours and thirty minutes.

While the masterminds of the series, Matt and Ross Duffer, work towards releasing the second part, they have also revealed that the show will have a fifth season, which will be the last.



On February 17, 2022, the Duffer brothers took to Instagram to reveal their reason for ending the series after the fifth season. In an open letter, they wrote:

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

On another occasion, Shawn Levy, the executive producer, and director of the show confirmed Matt and Ross's words. According to Levy, the showrunners have a vision and plan, and they will want to "stick the landing" without overstaying their welcome.


Meanwhile, the series' creators have offered some hints as to what the fans could expect beyond the final season. In Matt and Ross's Instagram open letter, they teased about possible spin-offs. They wrote:

"There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things. New mysteries, new adventures, new, unexpected heroes."

While a possible spin-off is yet to be confirmed, fans can only hope for more while they await the release of season 4 volume two, and season five.



Although fans of the show are not excited about waiting for five weeks before the premiere of volume two, they are well aware of the reason behind splitting the season into two.

In the February 17 Instagram post, the Duffer brothers explained that season four was released in two volumes due to its unprecedented length and the need to get it to the viewers as soon as possible.

Also, Matt and Ross told Variety that 'Stranger Things' episode seven was as big as any season finale they have ever had, hence, the decision to split it there.

According to the duo, the "final act" was enough to make up the second volume. Hopefully, season four, volume two, will be worth the wait.