There’s some good news for Stranger Things viewers. After being delayed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, production on the popular Netflix show’s fifth and final season will start in January. Episodes will likely arrive in 2025.
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Cara Buono, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Maya Hawke, and Priah Ferguson star in the Netflix series. Set in the 1980s, the series follows the residents of a small town as they deal with the supernatural events around them.
Creators and executive producers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer suspended work after the writers strike began, saying, “Writing does not stop when filming begins.” Reportedly location scouting for season five had begun.
In July, Matt Duffer said the following about the decision to delay production, per Variety:
“Since it’s our scripts, you’re changing it all the time on the fly. You’re either working it out with the actors, you’re changing the blocking, you’re changing it based on locations. When you’re talking about this many hundreds of pages, it is always evolving.”
Ross Duffer added the following:
“It’s a constantly evolving monster, so it’s hard for me to remember exactly where we were. It’s just that we weren’t ready to start shooting with a locked script.”
How will the show end? A few months ago, Harbour told the Happy Sad Confused podcast, “I know where we net out and it’s very, very moving,.. It’s a hell of an undertaking, too. I mean, the set pieces and the things in the scripts that we saw are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of this Netflix series? Will you be sorry to see it go?